Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is running campaign ads touting her fight against sea level rise in Miami, as more and more Democrats point to global warming as the biggest issue facing the country.
Sea level rise has become a hot topic in southern Florida, and Democrats and activists have tied it to man-made global warming. Ros-Lehtinen broke ranks with her party and jumped onto the global warming bandwagon.
Ros-Lehtinen’s campaign committee is running ads, in English and Spanish, claiming she “worked to arrest the effects of sea-level rise: because our community’s jobs depend on pristine beaches and natural beauty.” She’s been endorsed by the Miami Herald, in part, for her environmental stance.
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinenCamp) October 21, 2016
Ros-Lehtinen, whose district is in Miami-Dade County, is bucking her party on issues — like global warming and gay marriage — and has even said she won’t vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this November.
She also refused to support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“I will work with whomever is chosen by the American people to serve as president, because I deeply respect the American constitutional system,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a May statement. “In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”
Ros-Lehtinen introduced a bill in July to fund studies on the impacts global warming could have on coral reefs. The idea is coral reefs can provide a buffer against storm surge that would be made worse by global warming.
She also introduced a 2015 resolution “expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to identify potential consequences of a changing climate” to the U.S. and “develop science-based and economically-viable solutions to mitigate or reduce those threats.”
Her campaign website says: global warming “is a threat to both our natural environments and to our way of life in South Florida through sea-level rise and ocean acidification.”
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