Sierra Club endorses Charlie Crist in Governor’s race
Charlie Crist calls for action.

Charlie Crist
Sierra Club Florida has not endorsed in a Primary Election for Governor in memory.

The Florida chapter of the Sierra Club is backing Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist for Governor, with the group’s leaders noting Monday they have rarely endorsed in the Primary Election season but are convinced now is the time.

“It’s no secret that this election cycle will have deep repercussions for Florida’s communities, economy, and environment. We believe that Charlie Crist is the only candidate in this race that can defeat Ron DeSantis, take action to protect our environment and confront the ongoing climate crisis,” said Luigi Guadarrama, political director of Sierra Club Florida, in a news release.

“He’s a fighter. Through the course of this process we consistently heard from people that Charlie Crist was the only candidate that met with them and their communities, and we believe that he’ll take that with him to Tallahassee.”

Crist faces Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, state Sen. Annette Taddeo and several other candidates in the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary Election. The winner would likely face DeSantis in the General Election.

The Sierra Club Florida has not endorsed in a Primary Election for Governor in memory, Guadarrama said.

The organization contended that Crist has made the environment a priority throughout his career in Tallahassee and in Washington, and has maintained a strong relationship with the Sierra Club. Specifically, the organization credited him with securing funding for the Everglades, helping secure a ban on offshore drilling, and calling for tighter regulations to help provide clean water to Floridians.

The Sierra Club lauded Crist for fighting against climate change and setting ambitious goals to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our Everglades, our beaches, our water, and our way of life are all on the line this November,” Crist said in the release.

“We can’t continue sitting on the sidelines when it comes to tackling existential environmental challenges like the climate crisis. Together, we are mounting a grassroots movement to change the course of our state. I could not be more excited to have the Sierra Club joining us in our fight to bring the sunshine back to the Sunshine State.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


9 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    June 6, 2022 at 10:49 am

    When will the Sierra Club go to China, India, Central America, South America, and on and on and tell them to clean up their act? They dump trash in the rivers, and ocean, burn dirty diesel fuel in their vehicles, yet they focus only on us. Look around Sierra Club.

    • tom palmer

      June 6, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      Environmental action, like charity, begins at home. Nice try at gaslighting, though.

      • Toejam is a funklord

        June 9, 2022 at 2:32 am

        Keep buying those cheap Chinese goods from four decades of outsourcing all of this country’s industry, hypocrite.

        • tom palmer

          June 10, 2022 at 8:58 am

          This relates to environmental policy in what way?

  • Tom

    June 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    What an abomination of an endorsement.
    Chameleon is a fake, America’s Gov has been the best Gov. on environment in 30 yrs. really bad!

  • Tom

    June 6, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    What a crock of Adam Schiff!
    Just awful, shame on Sierra.
    DeSantis is America’s and Environment Gov.
    chameleon crist!

  • tom palmer

    June 6, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    If you like half-hearted environmental policy, he’s your guy. The tragedy is that he started out pretty good by not making the SFWMD Governing Board a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Sugar, but in the succeeding years he has lost his way and sided with the polluters too often.

  • Toejam is a funklord

    June 9, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Should follow the money on this one. Not that they actually represent or could ever turn out more than a couple hundred votes, but it’s all about perception. Sierra Club changed immigration policy in the 90s after a few large donors bought it off. Similarly it got on the woke train and started having Maoist struggle sessions about its founder John Muir in recent years, again because of the money. Last example: biomass and natural gas – they literally took money from both industries to claim those fuels – WHICH BURN – were climate friendly. Someone with Crist’s $ resources and connections could easily swing a check to get these muppets barking.

    • tom palmer

      June 10, 2022 at 8:57 am

      Your figures on voters are way off; the rest is gibberish

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