To my friends and supporters all across Arkansas. As I have previously stated, my campaign had no prior knowledge of the Judicial Crisis Network’s interest in this judicial election. We have been, and continue to be, solely focused on running a positive campaign.
At the outset of this campaign, I expressed my strong concerns about a renewed focus on judicial ethics and what I see as the potentially negative influence that personal gifts - like those received by Ms Goodson - can have on the integrity of our judicial system. I believe judicial integrity is an important issue that should be vigorously defended.
I am deeply concerned, however, with the recent involvement by outside political organizations that veer away from the important issues in this campaign and instead rely on political gamesmanship.
While my opponent has promoted these outside influences and sought to make political gains from them, I have distanced myself and our campaign from them.
Let me be clear, I do not believe there is any place in our judiciary for this type of politics. I firmly reject it.
I will continue to run a campaign based on ideas that will make Arkansas’ judiciary system the best in the country.
Efforts like these detract from the real issues in this race, as well as the honor of our state's judicial system, and are outside the bounds of what should be discussed and debated in this campaign.
I, again, support transparency of those investing money to influence the outcome of judicial races.
In closing, when elected, I will provide the leadership necessary to promote ethical campaign tactics that will not compromise the integrity of the judicial system nor the impartiality of the candidates seeking election.
Thank you for your continued support!
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