The League of Conservation Voters has named state Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, to its first-ever state-level Dirty Dozen — a list of 12 state legislators throughout the country who the group claims, have an “anti-environment record.” Cannon was nominated by the LCV-affiliated Florida Conservation Alliance as “one of the worst of the worst” when it came to his environmental record, according to spokeswoman Kate Geller. (Cannon pushed a bill opening up Florida to offshore oil drilling this spring.)
Cannon and his spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment. Cannon’s website states that he wants to protect Florida’s wilderness, and that he supports the Florida Forever program, which “takes state money from real estate transactions and allocates it to buying and preserving environmentally sensitive land.”
The LCV asserts that it is nonpartisan. Only one of the dirty dozen is a Democrat. The organization states that its goal is to “turn environmental values into national priorities,” and vows to use its resources to help defeat the candidates on the list.
From the press release: “LCV’s trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated.”