Rep. Nate Bell
is a troglodyte by progressive political standards, but he's a hard-working politician. Does his homework. (Scores F on most tests, by our lights.) Attends lots of local meetings.
But he will not go unchallenged this election season, a sign, I think, that the Democrats are recruiting hard to try to win the House back and elect Mike Ross as governor. I can't tell you a thing about the newly announced Democrat's chances in Bell's districts, but the Democrats have no chance without a candidate and a candidate on the ballot can produce grassroots enthusiasm for other Democratic candidates.
The candidate: Chase Busch,
26, a "fifth-generation" Arkansan. Normally it's Republicans this election season touting their ancestors. Nobody has yet topped 2nd District congressional candidate French Hill's
claim of ninth-generation roots. But his heritage might put Busch up on Bell, who spent at least some of years in other parts of the country. CORRECTION TO MY ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION OF BELL AS FIRST GENERATION ARKIE: His biography claims Mena as his birthplace, so he can count at least one generation. And Busch's claim has already stirred Bell on Twitter to cite some past generations with Arkansas roots. Five consecutive? Don't know. Good debate topic.
Read on for Busch's news release. It emphasizes jobs, education and infrastructure. It speaks unkindly of the politics of Washington, which I take as a veiled reference to minority Republican opposition, from Bell and others, to the health insurance expansion passed by an overwhelming legislative majority. Busch, who is completing a degree in mechanical engineering at Arkansas Tech, stays positive, but remarks:
Busch wants to represent and lead with the same character, honor, and respect as the great men who served this area in the past.
Bell's penchant for hurling insults at people with whom he disagrees has included comparing liberals with Nazis
and setting the whole of Boston on fire against him after some ill-chosen remarks
about the Boston Marathon slaughter.