Hartford, CT – Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) PAC announced that State Senator Len Suzio (R-13) has been named to the “Dirty Dozen in the States.” The national list of anti-environmental candidates contains some of the worst offenders in the nation when it comes to undermining protections for clean water, carbon emissions, public health, and more.
“State Senator Suzio actively undermined children’s health,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV Executive Director. “He lobbied hard against bans to toxic tire mulch in school playgrounds and carcinogenic flame retardants in children’s clothes. Yet now he’s trying to portray himself as an environmentalist. No one wants to put their child at risk, so it’s shameful that Senator Suzio voted repeatedly to put all our kids in harm’s way.”
Suzio’s campaign website implies that he supports Connecticut’s environment, even listing his 100 percent score on the CTLCV Environmental Scorecard in 2011. But Suzio’s voting record sunk to a failing 46 percent in 2018—the lowest score of any state senator. Defeating Suzio could flip the chamber to a pro-environment majority.
“Candidates who make Dirty Dozen in the States have a long record of siding with polluters over public health, and Senator Suzio is no exception,” said Pete Maysmith, LCV Victory Fund Senior Vice President for Campaigns. “Worse, Suzio has attempted to fool Connecticut voters into thinking he’s an environmentalist—despite opposing efforts to help communities prepare for sea level rise and cut carbon emissions.”
CTLCV endorsed Suzio’s opponent—Mary Daugherty Abrams—to represent Connecticut’s 13th Senate District. Abrams is a former educator and devoted mother who understands the importance of protecting our children’s health. CTLCV PAC is also spending approximately $21,000 in print and digital advertising campaign to inform voters of the threat Suzio poses to our environment and public health. This campaign represents one part of CTLCV PAC’s $200,000 investment in statewide elections.
Modeled after LCV Victory Fund’s federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around the country who state LCVs are working to defeat for the 2018 election cycle. Members of the "Dirty Dozen in the States" have consistently sided against the environment and — regardless of party affiliation — are running in races in which an LCV state affiliate has a serious chance to affect the outcome.
This information is paid for by the CTLCV Political Action Committee. This message was made independent of any candidate or political party. Contributions to the CTLCV PAC of $5,000 or more were made by CTLCV, Inc., LCV, Inc., and David Bingham. Additional information about the CTLCV PAC may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's website (ct.gov/seec).