Where is Mike Ross? | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where is Mike Ross?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:42 AM

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is careful where he's seen in public. He'll attend town halls packed with opponents of health care reform, some of them planted by the paid operatives stirring this issue in Arkansas and elsewhere. He'll certainly speak to the LR Chamber of Commerce, as he did yesterday at a session sponsored by a major health care provider (Delta Dental). He'll come early and stay late at campaign finance bundlers' parties, held by the health care industry and by major polluters to benefit Ross for his reliable vote on their side.

He won't take calls from the Arkansas Times about the likes of his fund-raisers by polluters shortly before his vote for them in the clean air debate. And today, it's National Public Radio he doesn't want to talk to. Ross was featured prominently in an NPR piece today about representatives standing in the way of universal health coverage despite high numbers of uninsured in their district. Ross claims that he's formed his position from town hall meetings (at one of which, NPR noted, he got a total of three remarks on health care.)

It's a basic truth of political analysis that low-income residents — that is, those most likely to be uninsured — are less likely than middle-class people to attend town meetings and less likely to vote. To state the obvious, the poor are also less likely to make campaign contributions.

Meanwhile, health care corporations and professional organizations have actively engaged the Blue Dogs. So far this year, the Blue Dogs' political action committee has received $301,500 from health care and health insurance PACs. Ross, the coalition's lead negotiator, has received $100,600 for his campaign committee and a PAC that he operates.

Ross got together with health care industry donors in June, around the same time the Blue Dogs were challenging the House bill. The event brought his campaign at least $20,000 from health care PACs.

NPR asked repeatedly to interview Ross over a two-week period. His office didn't respond.

Ross did some pitiful whining yesterday about his critics, safe among the fatcats who finance him. He better hope folks in his district don't read his mewling, because he was talking unhappily about them. That was made clear by the Daily Kos poll (by a non-partisan polling firm). It showed a plurality of people in his district support a government option for health insurance. Moreover, DEMOCRATS favor a public option in his district 74-19. Ross also carries a 42 percent unfavorable rating in his district.

Ross is terrible on any number of issues. He probably is unbeatable, despite the negative numbers. But it would be nice to see a Democrat challenge him in the primary and force Ross to act  like a Democrat for once, not just on health care and the environment, but also on human rights issues where he consistently votes Republican.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

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

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: No thanks for your Thanksgiving shtick

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump's press secretary, is getting tabbed a hectoring bully (just like her boss) after her Thanksgiving week shtick. In a performance often dripping with disdain, she demanded that reporters give thanks for something before being allowed to ask her a question.
  • The Thanksgiving eve open line

    Here's an open line. And a batch of headlines for the day before Thanksgiving.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation