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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Political temblors

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Why does Sen. Gilbert Baker issue a news release reasserting that he's running for U.S. Senate? Probably because there's a virtual tsunami of rumors that U.S. Rep. John Boozman will attempt to win the nomination for U.S. Senate. Boozman, many think, would clear many contenders from the primary. So Baker might be serious about this. Or it may be a counter-feint to discourage Boozman from entering. (His people insist not. He's in. Period.)

I know. It's all getting a little tiresome. Run. Don't run. But enough of Mr. In Between.

Oh, and Rep. Boozman, all those fiscally conservative Republicans are just slavering to hang your TARP vote around your neck. The 'baggers may tie you up with Lipton string. Roby Brock quotes Senate candidate Tom Cox:

“This week there has been much speculation about additional Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” Cox noted.  “However, we do not need to trade Senator Blanche Lincoln for someone who is part of the Washington establishment.  We cannot fix our problems by nominating and electing conservative candidates who voted for the infamous 'Troubled Assets Relief Program' (TARP) -- regardless if they are Democratic or Republican. This is troubling to me and should be troubling to all conservatives.”

BAKER NEWS RELEASE

United States Senate Candidate Senator Gilbert Baker has issued the following statement in response to recent political developments:


“I am not running for the House of Representatives.  I am, and will be, a candidate for the United States Senate.


After much deliberation with my family, I announced on September 4th that this is not a time to stand on the sidelines and be a spectator.  I now believe that more than ever.
Let me be crystal clear:  Washington D.C. is not listening to the people of Arkansas.  We are tired of government bailouts and run-away spending.  I support a federal balanced budget amendment, extending the Bush tax cuts, and a free-market economy.  I, like the people of Arkansas, want an economy built on sound fiscal policy, not massive debt and government takeovers.   I support a 12-year term limit for members of congress, because loyalty to voters is more important than longevity of office.  I am firmly committed to being a check and balance on the Washington establishment.


I am grateful for the support and the investment of so many Arkansans as I have communicated with voters across the state.  This will not be an easy campaign.  However, I am firmly committed to defeating Blanche Lincoln and I will stand up to Barack Obama’s extreme agenda.”

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