National LCV Names Michigan Senator Pappageorge to Dirty Dozen List

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Michigan Sen. John Pappageorge is one of only 12 candidates for state office named to a first-time, state-level Dirty Dozen list by the National League of Conservation Voters.

Pappageorge, R-Troy, earned his spot on the notorious list for consistent disservice to the citizens of Oakland County on key conservation issues. His abysmal 21% lifetime average score on Michigan LCV’s Scorecard makes him the ideal target for this effort. Michigan LCV will work to defeat Pappageorge during the remaining months of the election cycle.

“John Pappageorge is a reliable ally for major corporate polluters and special interests in Lansing. Oakland County deserves better,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of Michigan LCV.

“In the past, Michigan LCV has watched the Dirty Dozen program employed to unseat similarly backward-thinking federal representatives like Joe Knollenberg and Tim Walberg and we are looking forward to using a similar model in the inaugural year of the state-level Dirty Dozen.

"Our state is in desperate need of a new vision for our future that doesn’t rely on foreign oil, but instead relies on our own skilled workforce --- like the one right here in Oakland County --- that can be put to work right now to create a sustainable economy in Michigan.”

National LCV President Gene Karpinski said, “From Congress to the State House there has never been a more urgent time to defeat politicians who stand with Big Oil and block progress on clean energy reform.

"With the U.S. Senate’s recent failure to act on comprehensive energy and climate legislation, we need strong environmental leaders at the state level to move the ball forward on new energy policies that will put America on the path to a clean energy future.”

Sen. Pappageorge is an incumbent in one of the most obstructionist Senates in Michigan’s history. In this past session, alone, he:

• Hypocritically voted against his traditional rhetoric of “less regulation” by imposing heavy new regulations on state agencies attempting to better manage the already complicated bureaucracy for permitting and environmental protections in Michigan. His contradictory stance keeps Michigan businesses and families struggling under outdated regulations and leaves loopholes for corporations as open as ever;

• Voted to outsource Michigan’s management of our own important and economically necessary natural resources. Pappageorge tried to have it both ways by arguing for “smaller government” while, at the same time, voting to bind Michigan’s laws to the weaker ones of the federal government on conservation issues in the state. He ignored the fact that no one knows how to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes and wetlands better than Michiganders;

• Cynically voted to limit the state’s ability to conduct unscheduled inspections on potentially contaminated facilities – including those with chronic histories of violations --- and to instead continue the system of giving early warning to these major polluters by affording them an opportunity to quickly clean up before simply relapsing once again.

Please also see the full list of state-level Dirty Dozen candidates, as well as the list of federal candidates named to the 2010 Dirty Dozen.

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 federal candidates named to Dirty Dozen have been defeated. Today’s announcement marks the first time LCV has named a state-level Dirty Dozen consisting of gubernatorial and state legislative candidates.

Photo via Pappageorge Senate Website