Thursday, September 18, 2003

John Kerry Endorsed by Robert F. Kennedy JR. for Lifelong Leadership on the Environment

September 18, 2003

New York-

Calling John Kerry’s environmental agenda “bold and visionary,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. endorsed John Kerry for President today at an event in New York City. Kerry also announced his call for an investigation into whether environmental health was compromised by White House interference on air quality issues following the September 11th tragedy.

“I am proud to endorse one of America’s great environmental leaders, John Kerry, for President of the United States,” said Robert F Kennedy, Jr. “And I hope that every American who cares about the environment will unite behind John Kerry. He is the candidate with the best environmental record. He is the candidate with the best ability to beat George Bush. And he will be a President who will give us the environmental leadership we so clearly need.”

Kennedy, who led the fight to protect New York City’s water supply, has a long and accomplished career as a resolute defender of the environment. Mr. Kennedy currently serves in a number of environmental organizations. He is the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Riverkeeper, an Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and President of the Waterkeeper Alliance. At Pace University School of Law, he is a Clinical Professor and Supervisor at the Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York. Earlier in his career, Kennedy served as Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

“Bobby Kennedy is an environmental hero, and I am humbled to have his support for my campaign,” said Kerry. “Bobby is someone who hasn’t just talked about preserving our environment but gone out and done it, and we are all fortunate to have such a dedicated public servant fighting every day for America’s future.”

Kerry also called for an immediate investigation in both Congress and the Department of Justice into whether the White House deliberately altered EPA findings concerning the quality of the air in New York City following the September 11th attacks.

“A week after the attacks on September 11th, the head of the EPA went before the nation to say the air around Ground Zero was safe to breathe,” said John Kerry. “Now we are learning that was far from the whole truth. Political appointees in the White House edited the EPA findings and changed the conclusions for reasons that have nothing to do with real science. Firefighters and construction workers and parents of school children all relied on these Bush Administration reports. They thought they were getting an assurance of safety – instead they got an environmental cover-up. Americans deserve a safe environment – and they deserve an Administration that tells the truth.”

Kennedy joins other prominent New Yorkers who have endorsed Kerry such as Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields in endorsing Kerry.

Two Kennedy's are better than One!


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