The Bill Halter campaign released a new video showing a good example of his message for the election. He wants to take the party back to its roots by representing Arkansas families and not special interests.
Bill Halter also released a statement about the John Brummett story that we covered here yesterday. Here is the press release:
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
What You Won’t Hear Senator Blanche Lincoln Say
“Unfortunately this campaign has taken a negative tone in recent days, and Senator Lincoln’s campaign is spreading lies and flat out misleading folks on my history. This is not the same Blanche Lincoln I used to know.”
North Little Rock – Yesterday, one of Arkansas leading columnists noted the negative tone Senator Lincoln’s campaign has taken in releasing a misleading television ad, several mailers with flat out falsehoods, and a website that smears Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.
In his article “Blanche Goes Bogus,” John Brummett of the Arkansas News Bureau says, “Lincoln’s first salvo was dishonest. The second was a smear.”
Brummett goes on to say, “This is the cynical demonization process that is part of a cancer on our politics. It’s not enough to distinguish yourself from your opponent by performance and policy. You must delve into his past and overstate any association that might make him seem more than someone with whom you merely disagree, but someone who is a sinister threat, near-criminal.”
Brummett continues, “It’s Blanche, actually, who has a public record that is obliging to multi-national corporations and drug companies. That doesn’t make her a bad person. It makes her a bit of a Republican.
“A confirmed Washington insider – that’s all she was, and is,” Brummett concludes.
Today Halter responded noting, “I am disappointed in the path Senator Lincoln has chosen. This is not the Blanche Lincoln I used to know.”
Continued Halter, “In 1999 I was pleased when Senator Lincoln introduced me for my Senate confirmation hearing as the Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. Then, Senator Lincoln seemed to have a very different opinion of me than what she is saying now. It’s unfortunate that Senator Lincoln has chosen this route. I never viewed this as a race against her, but rather an election for the people of Arkansas.”
Said Halter campaign manager Carol Butler, “In 1999, Senator Lincoln sang a different tune. Then she called Lt. Gov. Halter, ‘a good friend,’ ‘one of the best and brightest and most productive,’ and noted that he ‘can definitely bring about results and work hard towards solutions’.
Butler continued, “Lt. Gov. Halter found those solutions when her served in the Social Security Administration. He protected Social Security from Republican privatization schemes. Now he is ready to go to Washington and clean up the mess that is currently putting Wall Street interests ahead of folks here in Arkansas.”
This goes so well with my post yesterday about Blanche Lincoln’s pattern of attacking former allies.