Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

FactCheck: Attack ad on Mike Ross 'extraordinary whopper'

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 6:55 AM

click to enlarge FALSE AND DEFAMATORY: Republican attack ad on Mike Ross.
  • FALSE AND DEFAMATORY: Republican attack ad on Mike Ross.

FactCheck.org has done new reporting
about Mike Ross' sale of his family drugstore in Prescott years ago and concluded that a Republican ad attacking Ross on the deal is an 'extraordinary whopper.'

The ads are so false as to be defamatory. TV stations shouldn't run them. Republican opponent Asa Hutchinson should disavow them. Don't hold your breath.

The claim that Ross got a sweetheart deal on sale of his family pharmacy is based, FactCheck found, on "a shoddy appraisal that led to a regulatory hearing and the permanent surrender of the appraiser’s license."

Among other shortcomings, the appraiser failed to take into account what Ross had paid for the property or the proven business value of the drugstore in making his appraisal. FactCheck notes that Ross was cleared by the House ethics panel. About the only truth in the ad is that an independent group called for an investigation. There was none. Nor did there need to be. No law came close to being violated.

It's a slimy ad in a slimy season. Will Republicans pull back in the face of a devastating critique by FactCheck? What do you think? (Do you think the Democrat-Gazette, which once editorialized against this same attack on Ross' sale as an attempted smear by a liberal group, will rise to Ross' defense in a race where they are expected to endorse Asa Hutchinson?)

Hutchinson wins no marks for integrity this campaign. Just this week, he is the candidate who opposes a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage but says it is unfair to call him a critic of raising the minimum wage.

Says Mike Ross, with plenty of foundation, of Hutchinson's appearance with Chris Christie, leader of the Republican Governors Association during the week the RGA smear ad debuted:

“It says a lot about Congressman Asa Hutchinon’s character and trustworthiness that he will campaign alongside the leader of a group who is smearing my wife and me with accusations FactCheck.org has found to be ‘false and defamatory.’ Based on this new independent analysis, I once again call on Congressman Hutchinson to join me in asking the RGA to immediately pull this slanderous ad from the airwaves and apologize.”

Tags: , , , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Most Shared

  • The TC Edwards memorial roundup

    TC Edwards had hundreds of friends. If you were among them or even somewhere on the periphery, your Facebook feed has been dominated this week by tributes and photos and news of benefit concerts. Here's an attempt at a roundup of everything that's out there, with a focus on all the things you can do or attend.
  • Photos from March for TC

    Last night, dozens of friends of TC Edwards, the Little Rock musician and man on the scene who was found murdered Dec. 7, marched in his memory, chanting "Justice for TC" and "TC is metal" as they walked from Pizza D' Action up Kavanaugh.
  • Psych of the South: The Mercenaries' 'Things Found Here'

    Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before
  • Arkansas Baptist College receives $30 million federal loan; expected to ease cash crunch

    Arkansas Baptist College officials say they have received news of approval of a federal loan that is expected to stabilize the college's finances after a period of struggle.
  • Alderman says he'll try again for Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

    Fayetteville Alderman Matt Petty says he'll try again to pass a city civil rights ordinance that extends some protections to LGBT people.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation