Strickland and the Truth Squad

Strickland claims he is a alternative energy executive, however his history doesn’t support that.  Check his voting history, it’s awful for the environment.

Poor Environmental Record

  • Strickland voted against legislation created by Hannah-Beth Jackson (his upcoming Democratic opponent), which enabled further restrictions to be placed on pesticide use near schools and other vulnerable sites. (AB 947, vote passed, 8/22/2002)
  • Strickland’s lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters is near zero, largely due to his poor voting record on several environmental issues.
  • Strickland lists himself as an “alternative energy executive” on the upcoming ballot, despite the fact that his company has so far been denied a permit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and has generated no revenue. [1]

Project VoteSmart indicates the following poor environmental record:

2003 Strickland supported the interests of the California League of Conservation Voters 5 percent in 2003.

2002 Strickland supported the interests of the California League of Conservation Voters 5 percent in 2002.

2001-2002 Strickland supported the interests of the California Park and Recreation Society 25 percent in 2001-2002.

2001 Strickland supported the interests of the California League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2001.

2000 Strickland supported the interests of the California League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2000.

1999 Strickland supported the interests of the California League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 1999.

Questionable Finances

In his failed run for state controller, Strickland was primarily funded by software giant Intuit and a group of Southern California Indian tribes with large stakes in the casino gambling business. He accepted over $1 million from these two groups alone, which raised concerns that this was an attempt to influence the controller’s ability to alter state tax policies.[2]

In 2005, Ventura County Prosecutors investigated the campaign practices of Tony Strickland and his wife, Audra Strickland, who is also a legislator, for adding to their personal incomes by transferring political funds to consulting firms they each own and operate. This seemed to hurt Strickland’s 2006 run for state controller, which would have given him the responsibility of managing the state’s finances.[3] Oh Gosh.

On women’s rights

Clearly Strickland’s environmental record doesn’t support his ballot designation claim.  His voting on women’s, children, and health issues is quite extreme.  It seems to me quite archaic too.  Hannah-Beth Jackson appears better able to steer us through the upcoming years in a more balanced way.

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