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About those e-mail addresses, Nimrod

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:04 AM

You really need to be careful whose name you plug into e-mail address lines.

A tale from the U.S. Senate campaign trail in Roll Call's Heard on the Hill column:

(Short take: A radio newsman at ASU called Conrad Reynolds, a Republican candidate for Senate a "nimrod" and sent the note to the nimrod's campaign, rather than to a press aide for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, as he'd intended.)

And now, HOH brings you another tale of e-mail forwarding gone wrong, this time involving a Senate candidate, a Senate staffer, a reporter and the insult “nimrod.”

Army Col. Conrad Reynolds is one of several Republicans vying to take on Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) for Arkansas’ Senate seat in 2010. Reynolds’ campaign issued a press release last week blasting Lincoln for a vote, and among those who received it was Greg Chance, the news director of an NPR affiliate based at Arkansas State University.
It seems Chance attempted to forward the e-mail to Katie Laning Niebaum, Lincoln’s Washington-based communications director. In his forward, which HOH obtained, Chance mocked the press release and even the campaign’s logo, which features the Army colonel insignia.

“There was another one from this nimrod earlier today which I lost. I just love his logo. That ought to go over really well with the enlisted people. (ha ha),” he writes.

One problem: Chance must have hit the “reply” button instead, because his message went straight to Kenneth Ryan James, the campaign’s spokesman.


Not surprisingly, James did not find Chance’s e-mail terribly amusing. “We don’t necessarily appreciate Mr. Chance calling Col. Reynolds, who commanded troops in Baghdad, among other things, a nimrod,” James told HOH.

And on it went, with James making much of editorializing about nimrods on a public university's mail server. (I think something called the First Amendment might apply there.)

The alleged nimrod's campaign harrumphs at length:

CONWAY – Kenneth Ryan James, senior advisor and communications director for Republican United States Senate candidate Col. Conrad Reynolds (U.S. Army, Ret.), today issued the following statement after a report in Roll Call about an Arkansas State University employee using a state email account to make a disparaging remark against Reynolds in an message meant for the office of Sen. Blanche Lincoln:

“This is an unfortunate incident that I am sure does not reflect the views of Arkansas State University, or its university-owned NPR-affiliated radio station. KASU-FM is a station which has trained many of the respected journalists we see and hear everyday throughout the state of Arkansas, and it continues to influence many young journalists today. The station is a viable member of the Northeast Arkansas community and is well-known and respected for its long history of providing news and information to the area.

It is, however, troubling that a decorated veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would be referenced in such a disparaging way. It is also troubling that, in an email meant for a member of Sen. Lincoln’s official staff, a joke was made at the expense of the rank Col. Reynolds achieved through a 29-year Army career which, ironically enough, began in Jonesboro.

It is my hope that leaders at Arkansas State University and KASU give proper attention to this incident. Additionally, I call on Sen. Lincoln's official office to explain its policy of enlisting journalists to pass along information related to potential reelection opponents.

Over the last few weeks, Col. Reynolds has met with military veterans, both officers and enlisted, ranging from those who are recently home from Afghanistan to those who fought in World War II. He has listened to their concerns that the veterans’ voice is no longer heard in Washington. As Col. Reynolds’ campaign to be Arkansas’s next United States Senator moves forward, he will continue his mission of restoring the voice and conservative values of Arkansans in the Senate, especially the voice and values of our veterans - who have given so much of themselves in order to guarantee the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today.”

About Conrad Reynolds
Conrad Reynolds, a retired Colonel in the United States Army, was born in Little Rock. He is a 1978 graduate of Batesville High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas along with a Master of Business Administration from Touro University. Reynolds joined the Army Reserves in 1979 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1982. A decorated career intelligence officer who served in and commanded special intelligence units in the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, Reynolds retired from the Army on January 1, 2009.

Reynolds currently owns a consulting business in Conway and has continued to contribute to our nation’s defense as an independent contractor with the Department of Defense. He is married with four children and is a member of the Second Baptist Church of Conway.

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