It might get Jason Altmire another boost in his conservative voting record, but environmental activists aren't too happy.
The McCandless Democrat is being targeted by radio ads this week from Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania for his support of a Feb. 17 budget amendment denying the EPA funding for enforcing mercury and air pollution standards against industry. (Fellow conservative Dems Mark Critz and Tim Holden also voted aye.)
"What do your kids, our congressman, and mercury poisoning have in common?," the ad says.
Altmire gets it from all sides of course -- last week Republicans started running robocalls against him for his long-ago stimulus vote.
Here's a link to the new radio ad. The full script is after the jump.What do your kids, our congressman, and mercury poisoning have in common?
More than you might think.
You see after taking $126,000 thousand dollars from utility companies - Congressman Jason Altmire voted to block the enforcement of a vital mercury pollution law.
They buried it in a spending bill and passed it in the middle of the night. Letting polluters off the hook. And letting mercury back into our air and water.
Mercury, that causes brain damage in kids.
Maybe they were hoping Pennsylvania parents wouldn't notice.
And we don't like politicians interfering in decisions that should be made by experts. Scientists whose job it is to protect the water our kids drink and the air they breathe. But Jason Altmire thinks he knows better.
Congress should stop playing politics with our kids' health. And start looking out for Pennsylvania families.