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Jeffords Gets High Marks from ACLU, Low from American Conservative Union

Wednesday, 23 May 2001 12:00 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union gave the self-described moderate a 70 percent ranking. On the votes that the American Conservative Union considered to be the most important in 2000, the 67-year-old Jeffords voted its position 36 percent of the time. That marked a drop from 40 percent in 1999.

On the votes that the liberal Public Citizen’s Congress Watch deemed vital to it in 1999-2000, Jeffords voted the group’s position 50 percent of the time. Likewise, the liberal Americans for Democratic Action gave the two-term junior sdenator a rating of 45 percent for 1999.

Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all congressional candidates in 2000, the National Rifle Association assigned Jeffords a grade of B (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F). What a difference a few years makes! In 1993-94 the NRA gave him a zero.

Meanwhile, he made the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence happy half the time in 1999, garnering himself a 50 percent rating.

On issues of interest to Christians, the Congregationalist lawmaker earned a 31 percent ranking from the Christian Coalition in 1999-2000, a vast improvement from the 9 percent the coalition gave him in 1997-1998.

The liberal Children’s Defense Fund awarded Jeffords a 66 percent rating. He received a similarly high rating – 60 percent – from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1999.

Votes on women’s issues won a 50 percent ranking from the National Organization for Women in 1998. But he failed to get out of the gate with the Concerned Women for America, which said he never voted the group’s position in 1997-1998.

The senator aced the rating of the Human Rights Campaign in 1999-2000, voting the group’s preferred position 100 percent of the time. By contrast, the Center for Security Policy gave Jeffords a 23 percent rating in 1997.

The newly re-elected senator's voting record on taxes got him a zero ranking from the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 1994. He fared better with the group on his spending votes, landing himself a 38 percent rating.

Here are some other ratings Jeffords has received:

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