The recent dustup between Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate Kumar Barve over whether Raskin is the “only” legislator to move positive environmental legislation forward has reached Verbatim, a new political fact check arm of Ballotpedia.
The open race in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District has attracted a crowded Democratic field, including three state lawmakers. Maryland Del. Kumar Barve (D-District 17), Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-District 18), and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-District 20) have all declared their candidacies for the seat.
The Raskin campaign released an ad last month describing Raskin as the only Democratic candidate in the race who has taken action on certain environmental issues. Opening with a shot of the nine Democratic contenders at a League of Women Voters forum, the ad says, “They all talk about climate change, but Sierra Club chooses Jamie Raskin for Congress because only Raskin wrote laws to reduce our carbon footprint, and is leading the fight against fracking in Maryland.”
Are the ad’s claims accurate? Is Raskin the only Democratic candidate in the race who has written laws to reduce Maryland’s carbon footprint and taken the lead on fighting fracking?
We found evidence against both claims. One of Raskin’s opponents in the 8th Congressional District race, Kumar Barve, has written laws to reduce Maryland’s carbon emissions and encourage use of alternative energy sources. Barve also played a leading role in passing a 2015 moratorium on fracking in the state.
The Raskin campaign did not respond to a request for comment. We will update this article if we hear from the campaign.
Beyond the fact check, for those who are interested in a very detailed recitation of the candidates’ respective legislative records on environmental issues, the article is a veritable fountain of detailed information.