Scott Brown, Protect People Not Polluters

Brown's vote is utterly shameful. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

The League of Women Voters is launching ads on TV today and a website called peoplenotpolluters.org which highlights votes by Scott Brown amongst others to block air pollution standards.  Brown voted to block the EPA’s ability to set standards for clean air and water.

Television ad aimed at Scott Brown:

Votes have consequences Scott.

While Scott Brown enjoyed a large female voting block in the special election, I wonder how he will fare when there is a review of his voting record.



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24 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. As shameful as

    This commercial is as shameful as his vote. It will backfire.

  2. It's over the top

    My gut reaction to viewing it.. over the top and heavy handed. It went too far – not a big fan of using children like that in a commercial.

    • So you'd prefer that children suffer and die...

      …in silence? Nice attitude you’ve got there – can we assume you have no kids?

      • yes clearly

        yes clearly I have no children and the only way to prevent children from suffering and dying is this commercial.

        • No, the best way to protect children...

          …is to not weaken the EPA. Remember the Cuyahoga River fire? I shudder to think what the world would be like today had we failed to act back then, and if this ad helps to create consequences for Scott, then I’m all for it.

    • The election must be next week ....

      You make not sense whatsoever. This is specifically aimed at an issue not next year’s election. Your opinion is that voters are going to turn on the EPA and allow clean water and air standards be weakened?

      Votes have consequences. If Brown wants to push his Republican bonafides on EPA issues, here’e the warning shot that they are going to come after him. Being the Jr. Senator from MA, it’s not going to go over well. Just a gentle nudge to look elsewhere in making Republicans happy.

  3. I think Jim is right.

    Brown’s vote is obviously wrong-headed, and will hopefully come back to bite him, since I don’t believe that the people of MA are as anti-gubmint as he apparently does. But this ad is the equivalent of saying “Scott Brown hates children and wants them to suffer. Also, he beats puppies and likes to drown kittens.” Nobody really believes that, so it’s not going to have much effect, IMHO.

    • except that votes like this ...

      actually do have an effect on kids. We used to have lead all over the place; now we don’t. That makes a difference.

      I’ve got an old ad from a magazine about how great lead is …. I’m going to scan it and upload it.

    • disagree ...

      note an election campaign ad, it’s an issue ad.

  4. This is a vote that shows lack of concern for children or anyone

    It’s pretty simply: if , like Scott Brown, you cannot even bring yourself to say that climate change is a real problem that we are causing, and you also oppose both cap and trade and then vote against he only current alternative you are voting to damage the future for children. We seem to have this assumption that it’s possible to get away with being a ‘nice guy’ and discount our actual actions. Until Scott Brown is willing to stand up and be counted on this issue a vote for Scott Brown is a vote to destroy the future of the environment. He does not seem to like that reality, and neither, apparently to some of the voters who want to be judged by their feelings.

  5. League of Women Voters ran this ?

    I thought they were suppose to be non-partisan ?

    I always respected the LWV to run debates and informational meeting. This is sad

    • They ran the same ad against Claire McCaskill...

      …Democratic Senator from Missouri, so yes, the league is still non-partisan.

      • Also, see the ED of the League's statement on the issue.

        here it is

      • LWV issue advocacy

        Never thought of them as an issue advocacy. If you are an “R” from MA or a “D” from “MO” who is supportive of your respective candidate you are not going to be happy.

        BTW the ad is misleading, unless I’m mistaken the bill is related to CO2 emissions – which is related to global warming not air pollution.

        • The ad references 2 votes.

          Votes for McConnell (R) and Rockefeller (D) amendments that I discussed in a previous comment but I’m having trouble finding it to link to as I learn the ropes of BMG 3.0.

          And while you are correct that CO2 does not by itself cause health problems (I mean, within reason of course). It is documented to contribute to ground level ozone which, is a problem.

          And then there is the secondary piece of this argument, which I think if the ad was totally based on, it would be misleading. CO2 is a pollutant that should be regulated under the Clean Air Act (according to SCOTUS), and one of the best way’s to transition to cleaner forms of energy is to have polluters pay for the pollution they create. So the upshot of the EPA doing what it was mandated to do, is that it spurs investment in clean energy and efficiency.

          • CO2 to Ozone is a bit of a stretch

            But a interesting link. But the LWV running this. Something tells me both candidates are going to refuse to debate in a LWV forum. Maybe LWV has changed it’s focus.

            Not a debate I want to get into – but CO2 pollution is global. What we do is going to have little or no effect in the big picture, with China burning tons of coal with limited or no pollution control. What we will do is drive more manufacturing jobs overseas to China fueled with electricity from dirty coal plants.

  6. If anyone is looking for all of the coverage of this ad in one place

    Globe
    USA Today
    Roll Call
    Washington Post
    Politico
    TPM
    AP wire story
    CNN

    It’s a solid ad, and the noise from Brown’s office since it started running shows that they are very concerned. I only wish they would have fully considered this before the ad started running…

  7. LOWV Priorities

    Clean Air Defense
    Health Care Defense
    Money In Elections
    Voter Registration and Election Administration
    Fair Judiciary
    Promoting Global Democracy

    What do you think has changed?

  8. Nutty Scott Brown response

    Brown’s response

    It is outrageous for an allegedly non-partisan group to use sick children to misrepresent a vote about jobs and government over-regulation. These type of over-the-top distortions have no place in our political discourse

    Scott, specifically how was your vote misrepresented? And yes the “allegedly” non-partisan, allegedly, really? Come on Scott your response is to insult. Still waiting for the facts Scotty ……

    LOWV response to Scotty:

    It’s really a shame that Senator Brown does not understand that clean air is a public health issue. Children, adults and seniors are harmed every day by air pollution.

    “Senator McCaskill, a Democrat, and Senator Brown, a Republican, voted to block new clean air standards and put the public health at risk by undermining the Clean Air Act. The ads we are sponsoring in Missouri and Massachusetts are designed to spark a discussion about votes that let polluters off the hook and put our children at risk.

    “The public needs to be informed about Senator Brown’s vote now that he is in Washington, DC, as the Boston Globe observed on its editorial pages (April 13, 2011): ‘But as a US senator in Washington, Brown last week voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the authority to regulate any greenhouse gases. This is not the first time Brown has done a Jekyll-Hyde switch between Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill.’”

  9. Let's be fair

    who really thinks that Sen. Brown wants this little girl to choke? He should be more mindful of the environment, but to suggest that he is responsible for children’s respiratory ailments and is indifferent to them appears irresponsible.

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