Friday, April 29, 2011

Claire McCaskill's vote makes children suffer from asthma, ad claims

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

click to enlarge Why do you keep voting to give kids asthma, Claire?
  • Why do you keep voting to give kids asthma, Claire?

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.



Roll Call reports

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.



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