Green group targets Blanche Lincoln for defeat
By Juliet Eilperin
The League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group that can be an influential player in electoral politics, announced Thursday it's targeting Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for defeat this year.
The group named Lincoln, along with former GOP Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.), to its 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list. The two are the first ones to make LCV's current electoral hit list.
Gene Karpinski, the group's president, criticized Lincoln for co-sponsoring Sen. Lisa Murkowksi's (R-Alaska) resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.
"Instead of embracing a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that creates jobs, reduces carbon pollution and increases energy independence, Senator Lincoln has decided to cast her lot with Big Oil and other corporate polluters who oppose transitioning to a clean energy economy," Karpinski said. "Most regrettable is the fact that Senator Lincoln is walking away from her previous support for climate legislation - and given the scope, urgency and magnitude of this issue, she has more than earned a spot on LCV's Dirty Dozen."
Lincoln's office declined to comment on the matter.
It's unclear which candidate LCV might back against Lincoln, who currently has no announced Democratic opponent but has plenty of Republicans lined up against her.
Tony Massaro, LCV's senior vice president for political affairs, said the group is "sending out questionnaires" to all the declared candidates in the race, and is encouraging some Democrats to consider challenging Lincoln.
"We're looking actively to see if there are challengers in the race that we can support," Massaro said. "You can't beat somebody with nobody."
If anyone enters the race, it will have to be soon: the filing deadline for the Senate primary is March 8, and the primary itself takes place May 18.
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