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Dudley, Nurse Praise Graham’s Environmental Record

Gwen Graham | Andrew Gillum | Politics

Gwen Graham is running for Florida governor.

ST. PETERSBURG – A former state representative and a former St. Petersburg council member blasted ads that, they say, mislead voters about Gwen Graham’s environmental record.

The ads were paid for by the Collective, a super PAC that supports Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in his run for the governor’s seat.

“There is no excuse for supporting a super PAC that is misleading voters on Gwen Graham’s record. In Congress, Gwen rallied Florida to save the Apalachicola Bay, she fought oil drilling off our beaches and she voted to restore the Everglades. She has a lifelong commitment to protecting Florida’s environment and, as governor, she will preserve our clean land and water for generations to come,” former St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse said.

Graham served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2015-2017. While there, Graham voted to protect President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, rallied the Florida delegation to save the Apalachicola Bay and worked to stop oil drilling off Florida’s beaches. As governor, she hass pledged to ban oil drilling and fracking in Florida while expanding solar and renewable energy.

“Gwen Graham has shown she’s willing to take on Florida’s utility companies and end our state’s dependence on fossil fuels. She is the only candidate in this race who voted to defend President Obama’s Clean Power Plan from Republican attacks. She is the only candidate who fought to ban oil drilling off our beaches. And she is the only candidate in the race to propose a detailed plan to expand solar energy,” former Florida state Rep. Dwight Dudley said. “Andrew Gillum and his secret money super PAC can try to pick out one or two votes out of thousands to mislead us, but Democrats aren’t going to buy it. We know Gwen has always and will always fight to protect our environment.”

Nurse and Dudley were two of the Tampa Bay area Democratic leaders who on Friday condemned the ads. (To see related story, click here.)

Graham and Gillum are two of the seven Democrats who qualified to run in the Aug. 28 primary for governor.

The general election is Nov. 6.

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Photo shows Gwen Graham, left, and Andrew Gillum.


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