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Wynn: Irony Abounds in Environmentalist Score

Rosalind Helderman

This may be a frightening thought for incumbents around the country: U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) was last week awarded a 100 percent perfect voting rating from the League of Conservation Voters -- the same organization that spent more than $190,000 on an independent and ultimately successful effort to defeat him in the Feb. 12 Democratic primary.

Like most organizations that put out scorecards for lawmakers, the group comes up with its ratings by looking at a series of individual legislative proposals and then examining how each legislator voted on them. Wynn has received a 100 percent rating from the group before and, in a press release headlined "Irony Abounds," notes he is the only Maryland lawmaker to receive the score from the environmental group this year.

Wynn had cried foul over LCV's endorsement of his opponent, Prince George's attorney Donna F. Edwards, noting his consistently good scores on the group's scorecard. He claimed it was a conflict of interest for LCV to get involved at all, since Edwards is a board member of the group. She took a leave of absence while running for office.

LCV had always said it supported Edwards, regardless of Wynn's scores, because it believed she had a superior commitment to the environment. Her board membership, they said, was simply proof of the point.

In a press release the day after her victory, LCV proclaimed it had been "key" to her victory.

"In Donna Edwards, the people of the 4th District, the state of Maryland and the country will have a champion who fights for clean energy and against global warming," said LCV President Gene Karpinski then. "It sends a powerful message to Democrats that voters reject Members of Congress who support taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil and who cozy up to the polluters and their campaign cash."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 25, 2008; 11:29 AM ET
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Another irony: Didn't Edwards also criticize Wynn for his support of nuclear energy? A third irony: Edwards is supporting Navarro over Mark Fennel for the Montgomery County Council seat even though Fennel opposed and Intercounty Connector as did the League of Conservation
Voters. Fennel is the only candidate for that council seat who showed any interest in it before Mrs. Praisner died.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 25, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't she criticize Wynn for trying to be a king-maker in local politics? Then her first act as a Federal nominee is to get involved in a local, non-Federal race!

Posted by: Another irony | February 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Too little, too late, Albert.

The 2007 score doesn't make up for the horrendus 2005-2006 scores.

Posted by: TJH | February 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

In fact, Mr. Wynn's environmental record has been slipping for years. He only began to pay attention after Donna's near victory last time.

Posted by: Chip Reilly | February 27, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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