Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AR Candidate G. Baker Voted More Liberal Than All Senate Republicans and 41 Representatives

Senator Gilbert Baker received the highest score of all Republican Senators by a liberal group, Citizens First Congress. This liberal group rated all senators and representatives' votes in 2009. A high score means the senators voted with the liberals. For example, Joyce Elliott received the highest rating, 94.4%. Therefore, Baker voted more liberal than all the other Republicans in the Senate.

There are just 8 Republican Senators in the Arkansas Senate. Ten senators received lower scores (voted more conservatively) than did Senator Gilbert Baker. Two of them were Democrats and another Democrat received the same score as Baker.

In the House, 41 of the Representatives received a lower score (voted more conservatively than did Gilbert Baker) Thirteen Democratic representatives received a lower score by the liberal group (voted more conservatively) than Senator Gilbert Baker.

Information taken from this link, page 42 & 43 Citizens First Congress - a Liberal Group http://citizensfirst.org/resources/2009%20Vote%20Guide.pdf

Other related links:
Gilbert Baker's Voting Record Compared to Jim Holt
100% Conservative Candidate Needs Support
Washington Examiner - GOP picking candidate too soon http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20B%20-%20GOP%20picking%20him%20too%20soon.htm
Liberal Organization in Arkansas gives Gilbert Baker highest rating of all Republican Senators and higher than 41 House members.
Gilbert Baker relied on John Brummett Quotes in fund raising letter and on his web: http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20fundraising%20letter%20-%20Brummett.htm
Sample of Senator Holt Voting Record in Comparison to Other Two Senators in the Race:
Why I Support Senator Holt for U.S. Senate
A 100% Conservative Candidate Needs Your Support


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While this is a liberal group with a primarily liberal agenda, the headline is somewhat misleading. When you look at the individual issues, they are not exclusively liberal. As an example, one of the issues that increased Senator Baker's score was his support of Senator Key's bill to remove/prevent a sales tax from being levied on produce sold at Farmer's Markets--A vote any conservative would be proud to make.

10:43 PM, November 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Baker brags so much about how well he works with Democrats- they vote the same way!

5:40 AM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Baker-- what a bad year to be campaigning with the motto "suck it up and take me for the party's sake." People just aren't buying it anymore, and they shouldn't!

7:24 AM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this all part of the Trevor Drown playbook?

9:42 AM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:49 AM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No- Stanley Reed, another left-leaning moneyed Republican eying this race.

12:08 PM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GOP crowd for US Senate is like late night cable-- plenty of choices, but nothing worth watching.

1:41 PM, November 11, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I am going to steal that line.

7:57 PM, November 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baker is selling himself to key leaders by saying he is the only one that can raise enough money to beat Lincoln. That is the way Republican bureaucrats have picked our candidates for us for a number of years now. I think many of us are tired of that money line and want to vote for the candidate who votes right and stands up and FIGHTS or conservtive values. I noted that in the poll every candidate running against Lincoln was beating Lincoln, not just Baker.

11:25 AM, November 12, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that Senator Baker relied on endorsements from John Brummett and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in his fundraising letter. How out of touch is this guy? Arkansas Democrat Gazette also endorsed Vic Snyder, Blanche Lincoln, Governor Beebe over Asa Hutchinson, and wrote praises and puff pieces on Senator Joyce Elliott, probably the most lisberal legislator in Arkansas and on Rep Kathy Webb, the only self avowed lesbian in the legislature. Democrat Gazette also loved Senator Argue, the most influential liberal Democrat in the legislature for a number of years. What does this say about Baker?

11:46 AM, November 12, 2009  
Anonymous Rick said...

Actually, Gilbert Baker is tied for 24th with Johnny Key, someone who is far from liberal, facts are Key is conservative. Take the time to look at Gilbert's voting record and you will see he is conservative on social and fiscal issues. If you want to paint Gilbert as a liberal you will have to do better than this Mark. Cheap and misleading headlines don't make facts.

6:27 PM, November 12, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...


Did you notice that I am not the one who posted this story?

7:44 PM, November 12, 2009  
Anonymous Rick said...

Sorry Mark! Since you post most columns I just assumed it was yours also.
But I do welcome your opinion. Do you go along with the post, is Gilbert liberal in your eyes?

3:09 AM, November 13, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

They are ALL liberal in my eyes Rick. One group wants to tax and spend, another wants to borrow and spend. But they all want to spend. They all want to grow government.

I don't see Baker's philosophy as either liberal or conservative. His voting record and his overall record are what they are. It's not liberal, nor is it conservative.

I see his ideaology as "pragmatism", which in less flattering parlance means "go along to get along". He is better than almost anyone else in the legislature at using the current system to reward friends and undermine enemies or even potential future rivals.

I don't see that Conservatism was advanced at all as a result of Senator Baker's tenure in the senate or as Chair of the state Republican party. Conservatism was not advanced as a result of Baker holding these offices, but Baker himself was. That is not uncommon. Clinton did the same thing on the Democratic side.

Baker is the closest thing to a Washington DC insider in this race on the Republican side anyway. Of course that means he can raise lots of money, but does that mean he should get our vote? I mean, if your criteria is the ability to raise money then why not vote for Lincoln?

4:06 PM, November 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mention.


1:22 PM, December 25, 2009  

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