The League of Conservation Voters officially came out in support of Arkansas Democratic Senate candidate Bill Halter on Wednesday, a primary endorsement in what is expected to be one of the most contentious Democratic races in 2010. The group had already anti-endorsed incumbent Blanche Lincoln, adding her to their annual "Dirty Dozen" list of top candidates for electoral defeat.
Here's Tony Massaro, the League's senior vice president for political affairs, on why the group is endorsing Halter:
He understands that Washington has not been working for Arkansas families and he is willing to step up and fix it. Bill Halter believes a Senator should serve the people, not special interests, and the League of Conservation Voters could not agree more. That’s why, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we are proudly endorsing Bill Halter for the U.S. Senate.
Without a doubt, Halter is the best candidate for Arkansas when it comes to fixing the failed energy policies of our past. He understands that we need to take control of our energy future in order to curb harmful carbon pollution, enhance our national security, and create a new foundation of economic prosperity. That’s exactly the kind of leadership that Arkansas needs in the U.S. Senate.
The group is also fundraising for Halter through its website.