By Matt Viser, Globe Staff
US Representative Michael Capuano was endorsed today by the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, a boost that came after the candidates last week held a virtual green-off during a campaign forum.
“He is a proven environmental leader who understands the need to leave our children a healthier world,” said Lora Wondolowski, the league's executive director. “We are at a critical juncture on issues like global warming and green energy and we need leaders like Mike in the Senate who will fight for our future.”
Capuano has compiled a 95 percent voting record during his career from the League of Conservation Voters.
The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters also cited Attorney General Martha Coakley, but didn’t mention the other two candidates in the Democratic primary, Alan Khazei and Stephen Pagliuca.
“We are fortunate to have two candidates in the Senate race that are strong environmental advocates, Mike Capuano and Martha Coakley, and it was a very difficult choice between the two of them,” Wondolowski said. “But in the end, Congressman Capuano’s proven track record made the difference.”
Capuano today was also endorsed by Veterans and Military Families for Progress, a group that raises awareness about veterans issues. US Representative Patrick Murphy, a Pennsylvania Democrat and veteran of the Iraq War, is planning to formally make the endorsement this afternoon in Cambridge.
Coakley, meanwhile, was endorsed today by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
“Martha Coakley will be a leader in the Senate,” Dianne Luby, president and chief executive of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, said in a statement. “She has repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to protecting access to sexual health services.”
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