Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"Democrats for Holt" on Capitol Steps Tomorrow

Jim Holt for Lt. Gov. Campaign to hold press conference Wednesday

The Jim Holt for Lt. Governor Campaign will be hosting a press conference on the front steps of the State Capitol in Little Rock on Wednesday, October 11th, at 10:00a.m., to announce an organized movement among conservative Democrats across the state of Arkansas called, “Democrats for Holt.” The purpose of the organization is to elect Senator Holt the next Lt. Governor. Hear why several Democrats from around the State are breaking ranks in the Arkansas Lt. Governor race to support Republican Jim Holt. Democrat speakers from across the State will be present to share their concerns about their party's candidate for Lt. Governor. Senator Holt will be present.

In case of inclement weather, the conference will be held in the Capitol Rotunda.

Contact: Brandon M. Chandler (870) 378-2294 (cell)


Blogger rob_star said...

I would like a picture of the press conference if someone could supply one, as I am unable to attend.

8:41 PM, October 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an article that came from today's press conference.

Oct 11, 2:58 PM EDT
Ark. Lt. Gov. hopeful criticized over ads

Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Republican lieutenant governor nominee Jim Holt said Wednesday he regretted running radio ads that inaccurately said Democratic rival Bill Halter spent 25 years in California.

Holt said he pulled the ads after they ran for two days in two cities, but said he still thinks it's relevant to criticize the amount of time Halter has spent out of state.

Halter lived in California for four years while attending college and worked in Washington during the Clinton administration. A Halter spokesman said the Holt ads were "desperate" and that an apology is due.

"This is the sort of thing a professional politician with no plans whatsoever resorts to," Halter spokesman Bud Jackson said. "These are clear examples of outright lies he's put out there."

Holt said Wednesday he had the advertisements pulled off the radio when he realized they were inaccurate, but said the larger issue is still relevant.

"The issue is not did he live in California. The issue is, did he live in Arkansas for the past 27 years, and he didn't," said Holt, a state senator from Springdale. "That's the main point, and we're going to continue to bring that out."

In May, the state Supreme Court ruled that Halter was eligible to run for lieutenant governor, rejecting an argument that Halter was ineligible because he had spent much of the last two decades out of Arkansas. Justices upheld a Pulaski County judge's decision that Halter was qualified for the post because he lived in Arkansas as child and teenager, because he had spent enough time in Arkansas since graduating from college in 1979 and because he was away during the 1990s working in the Clinton administration.

Halter grew up in Arkansas and has said he has always considered himself an Arkansan even when working out of state.

The ads ran on radio stations in southern Arkansas.

Halter's campaign also criticized a Holt ad for referring to Halter supporting "forced preschool," and said Halter's pre-kindergarten proposal is voluntary. Holt said he didn't believe the ad was inaccurate because he viewed the term "universal pre-kindergarten" as a mandatory program.

"I think everone took it that way when he said it's univeral," Holt said.

Also Wednesday, Holt said he had received support from Democratic voters in his bid for the state's No. 2 office. A Democratic justice of the peace from Independence County, a Searcy woman and the head of the Arkansas Professional Firefighters Union announced their support for Holt at the news conference.

Ed Jaros, the head of the firefighters union, identified himself as an independent voter but said the group has traditionally supported Democrats in the past.

Halter's campaign released a list of three dozen Democratic legislators endorsing Halter's candidacy, and Holt said no Democratic lawmakers are openly supporting his candidacy.

"Behind the scenes, not publicly," Holt said.

1:25 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Democrats for Holt" all 3 showed up?

4:11 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buried six paragraphs deep into the article:
"The issue is, did he live in Arkansas for the past 27 years, and he didn't."

Halter is a joke. "Gee whiz, I wasn't in California for the last 27 years, I was, uh, like, serving Clinton for 23 years in Washington!"

4:12 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like ASA!

4:55 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Jim Holt got busted and got caught in a lie. This hurts Holt very, very badly.

6:54 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt assumed- you know how the saying goes. The real headline is: Halter hasn't even been in the South for the last quarter century!

8:22 PM, October 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Halter has three dozen Dem legislators endorsing him. Let's see, 72 Dems in the House, 27 Dems in the Senate...Halter has the support of less than 50%.

Wonder if Wooldrige's name is on the list?

9:23 AM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By contrast, how many Republican legislators have come out for Holt?

Wooldridge already endorsed Halter.

1:13 PM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice try 8:22. The real story is :
"Holt lied and is now trying to lie his way out of it".

1:16 PM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the real story is that a Coastal liberal is trying to confuse heartland voters long enough to get elected.

Halter has lived out-of-state longer than half of the voters have been alive!

1:52 PM, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Halter married his live-in gal pal only after he came "home" to Arkansas last year to run for governor.

Really, Bill. Who are you trying to fool?

Halter to Arkansas voters: You know you're the only one for me.

2:10 PM, October 12, 2006  

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