Golly, lobbying groups are going after politicians early this year. And Sen. Claire McCaskill, who, according to most sources, is vulnerable in her 2012 re-election bid, has found herself targeted by the League of Women Voters.
Earlier this month, McCaskill voted for an amendment to a bill that would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to limit greenhouse gases. The League, which is nonpartisan but has supported environmental protection for decades, is going after McCaskill with a stark new ad (watch it after the jump) that basically says the senator's vote is the reason a little girl is stuck inside with a breathing machine.
that League president Elisabeth MacNamara called out McCaskill and
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in a statement. "Air pollution is a
life or death issue," she said, according the site. "Senators Brown and
McCaskill cast dangerous votes that put public
health at risk."
Interestingly, according to the League's clean-air-advocacy website,
Sen. Roy Blunt was given $1,215,832 in "polluter contributions" compared with McCaskill's $111,250, and Blunt voted for even harsher EPA
restrictions. But, presumably because he's not up for re-election next
year, Blunt gets a pass on the "it's your fault children are sick" ads. And no cheap shots about Planegate? Come on, League of Women Voters! Those private jets surely pollute a ton.