Tuesday, October 31, 2006

District 87 (NASCAR) Race: A Brazen Deception

The NWA Times gives a pretty good article on the House District 87 race, where the two contenders share names with famous NASCAR drivers. State Rep. Mark Martin faces Independent Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson is a conservative who decided to enter the race when Martin voted for and supported Taxpayer Scholarships for Illegal aliens. In fact, in this radio interview from last year a hyper-emotional Martin claims that he received Divine Guidance to vote for the program, and defends it relentlessly.

Since that time, Martin has gotten plenty of heat for his stand. So much so that he has tried to revise history concerning the reasons for his vote. In today's NWA Times he says this about his vote:

"Martin explained that he took the position after being repulsed by the actions of some opponents, from their words to the security threats made against state Rep. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, who proposed the bill.

“ I can honestly say that I don’t support the legislation, but I can also honestly say that what happened in the state capitol from the opposition side was an embarrassment, and that’s what I voted against.

No. No he can't "honestly" say that he does not support the legislation. He is saying it, but not honestly. Not for the reasons he gives. Listen to the interview. Those are not the words and tone of a man who does not "honestly" support the legislation. They are instead the words and actions of a man who ardently supports the legislation. He feels that giving the taxpayer funded college scholarships to persons in this country illegally is the right thing to do. His new story, that he voted for legislation that he was against because the sponsor of the bill was threatened by someone, is about as stupid a reason to vote for bad legislation as I have ever heard.

It is one thing to be wrong, but it is another thing to be dishonest. It appears here that we have a case of someone who was wrong, and then is dishonest about it. Voters of district 87, please vote for the one person in that race you can trust: Jimmie Johnson Jr..


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mark,

The link you gave for the NWA Times article is incorrect... do you mind directing us to the right link? Thanks. :) I am very interested to read it. Finally an alternative to Martin.

9:00 AM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It works, but the NWA Times site seems to be down...

9:30 AM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They do seem to be having trouble, but I found the story by clicking on the "printer-friendly" version.

10:20 AM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If re-elected, he hopes to introduce legislation to improve science and mathematics education in state schools. One idea is to either create regional learning centers to be shared by area schools or implement a mobile science lab that would travel from school to school."

Oh wow!!! Looks like it's more funding for education - if we only spend a little more on education...

12:02 PM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yawn.... Who cares about this race??? Darth Moore, are you grinding an axe?

6:25 PM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Mark Moore said...

You do. If Martin would quit telling stories, I'd quit talking about it. He does it to himself.

6:34 PM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Jason said...

Mark , do you think the Republicans will pick up any state house seats or are they all lost causes

11:50 PM, October 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That topic is covered three stories down. But I'm really curious how this particular race is going to turn out. When is the last time an independent won an Arkansas Rep seat, if ever?

6:32 AM, November 01, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I honestly don't know about the other seats. Maybe the best they can hope for this year is to hold on to what they have. There is a race in NEA that should be close.

I have never heard of an Independent winning a seat in the legislature. As far as I am concerned if it happens this time with a young man who is not a smooth talker, it would be an act of God- which the more He acts the better I like it.

7:20 AM, November 03, 2006  

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