Letter of the law UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Friday, September 11, 2009

Letter of the law UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Speaking of the GOP and that "Birth of a Nation"-size cast for the U.S. Senate nomination.

I told you yesterday that Tom Cotton, the mystery wunderkind lawyer/soldier from Washington, would be meeting people at a Rogers pizza joint today, but NOT campaigning, since such is prohibited by active members of the military. He's due for discharge soon..

OK then. Enter oppo research. Cotton's detractors point to this advisory opinion about the Hatch Act and federal employees engaging in political  activities. The opinion says anything that can be "reasonably construed" as seeking support is questionable. Chatting with new-found friends over pizza? Sure, I think that's pushing the envelope. But, to quote The Huckster in another context, I'm not mad about it.

I do think, though, that you can expect opponents to ask Harvard Law grad Cotton about the fine points of the law should he get in the race. Which apparently is a given.

UPDATE: I hear that Cotton did NOT  attend the Rogers event today, though a group of active Republicans, including some officeholders did get together. As  my source tells it,  it got sticky because blogger Jason Tolbert depicted this as a Cotton-hosted event. (Tolbert merely reported other announcements of the event that sure seemed to depict it as Cotton-driven.) After questions arose about such an activity by somebody still technically on active duty, a decision was made that it would be best for Cotton not to go. That, of course, didn't prohibit like-minded people from meeting independently to talk about the future. Or so I was told. Here we go.

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