Sunday, September 10, 2006

CFAF Could End Lt. Governor's Race Right Now

The Coalition For Arkansas' Future is a mysterious 527 group that espouses conservative values and clean government. They seem to be especially keen in issues like preventing illegal aliens from getting public benefits like college scholarships, and preventing homosexuals from using the power of the state to gain access to young children through foster parenting or adoption. ArkFam for example, has copies of their latest mailers where they attack Democratic legislators for these two issues. The well-funded group also ran a slew of TV commericals.

But if that is what they really want, then why are they ignoring the candidate who is the champion on all of those issues? Sen. Jim Holt sponsored the bill to prevent homosexuals from using the power of the state to gain access to children. Sen. Holt also led the fight against making illegal aliens eligible for taxpayer funded college scholarships. He also sponsored a bill that would deny them those and other public benefits. Even his critics acknowledge he is a champion of clean government who has gained little to no personal wealth over his years of government service. There is not one candidate on the ballot that lines up more with the issues CFAF has expressed interest in than Holt.

So why haven't they done a mailer or commercials that would benefit Holt? The polls show that his race is closer than that of any other state-wide office. He has a compelling message that agrees with them and his opponent has glaring negatives that most Arkansans don't know about. Holt has everything he needs to win except money to get his message out. If they sent out a flyer outlining Democrat Bill Halter's positions on these issues vs. Holt's record the race would be over. Halter could not overcome it. CFAF would not even have to send it to the 3rd district, Holt is already up with 70% of the vote there. If they sent it to the 1st and 4th districts and all of the 2nd outside of Pulaski county that would be enough.

Halter's only chance is to use his personal wealth to buy media that will be used to paint a positive picture of him that is in no way related to his stand on most issues. Holt has no personal wealth to get the truth out. No monied special interests have bothered to "invest" in his campaign. The CFAF, whoever they are, could end the Lt. Governor's race right now by telling the truth about Holt and Halter. Are they going to do it? If not, why?


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

For that matter, they could send a mail-out with their own "VOTER GUIDES" for several state-wide offices at once. Hutchinson, Holt, and DeLay are all from NWA and are known and winning there. A "voter guide" mailout on all three races to the other three districts congressional districts could help all three with one stamp.

12:46 PM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt isn't even elected and his campaign is already attempting to control things that do not belong to him. This organization can run ads for whomever they choose.

1:38 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

#1 I am no longer in his campaign, I just want him to win.

#2 Yes they run ads for whoever they want- that is a red herring. It is not the issue. The issue is "are they who they say they are, or is that just a front for another agenda".

If they believe in the things they say they believe in, Holt is the obvious choice to help. He was the leader on all those issues, he is the closest to a win, and his opponent has gaping weaknesses. The only thing lacking is the money to get that message out.

If these people are not going to back the most obvious choice based on their stated agenda, then what is their real agenda?

1:53 PM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally think as time goes by you will see more and more done for the Republican Candidates, Especially Holt and Delay.

2:17 PM, September 10, 2006  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

Why do people have to comment under anonymous? Why hide yourself? Dont be ashamed to stand for what you believe in.

6:25 PM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet its the same reason the NRA didn't endorse him -he is weird.

10:02 PM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heres all there mail outs

10:49 PM, September 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NRA in Arkansas has been co-opted by the establishment. They will try to make or break you depending on how well you cooperate with Hucksterism.

Holt does not cooperate, so they are cheating him out of an endorsement that he clearly deserves - if NRA Arkansas was still about gun issues instead of the liberal establishment's broader goal of moving the GOP left.

5:28 AM, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to do more for them.

8:06 PM, September 11, 2006  

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