A lot of sauce, no meat | Arkansas Blog

Monday, October 9, 2006

A lot of sauce, no meat

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2006 at 2:37 PM

So says Halter campaign about Holt. Release on the jump.


Little Rock – Candidate for lieutenant governor Jim Holt says on his website (http://www.jimholt.us/AboutJim_position.html) that “Most candidates avoid being specific.  They deliberately try to keep evasive.”

“On his own website Jim Holt criticizes candidates who are not specific, describing them as being evasive,” remarked Bill Halter’s campaign spokesman, Bud Jackson.  “But Jim Holt hasn’t put forward any specific plans for what he would do as lieutenant governor to make our schools excellent, build and attract higher paying jobs and to move Arkansas into the future.  In fact, other than the few hot-button issues he talks about, he has no other plans at all.”

“Jim Holt’s lack of substance is consistent with his failure as a state legislator,” said Jackson.  “Jim Holt earned the distinction of being named one of Arkansas’ worst legislators because of his ability to combine heated rhetoric with no substance.  Jim Holt has devised a formula for failure that Arkansans can expect if he is elected lieutenant governor.”

With less than one month to go until the election, Holt’s positions on illegal immigration and gay issues have been widely reported while his lack of specific plans has not.

Holt and his campaign even admit through their website that Holt’s policy plans available on-line are leftover from his failed U.S. Senate race.  The website promises plans specific to Arkansas, but fails to deliver any.

“Many of the following were responses to inquiries received during Jim's U.S. Senate race in 2004,” Holt states on his website.   “Therefore, many concern issues which are strictly in the domain of the federal government.”  Holt and his campaign then promise “As the campaign progresses, look for Jim to address other issues.”

Holt-- who recently attacked specific plans Halter had released months ago—has still failed to put out any plans of his own, including on his website.

“It would be in Arkansas’ best interests if Jim Holt stopped his negative attack campaign and began to put out some policy positions on what he intends to do as lieutenant governor,”  Jackson concluded.  “After campaigning for more than a year, all we have heard from Jim Holt is heated rhetoric on hot-button issues and absolutely no plans.  Jim Holt’s campaign has a lot of sauce but no meat.”

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