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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Flash: Republican tells truth

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM

A number of red-hot Republicans are a little cool on Republican state Rep. Rick Green of Van Buren because he forms the occasional coalition, friendship even, with Democratic legislators. That's not the kind of rigid orthodoxy preferred by the Party of No.

Green is still interested in running for Congress in the Third District, and in Fort Smith's City Wire, he gives an example of why he is both a potentially attractive candidate and viewed as a RINO by the true believers. Recounting his vote for the tobacco tax to expand the state's trauma system (with my emphasis supplied):

“It’s easy as a Republican to say, ‘I’m not going to vote for a tax,’” Green said. “When I read how much cigarette smokers cost our state in health care, I decided that money could be used for other things. I thought, I’m just returning part of that money to the state that should have been used otherwise.”

Smokers were mad; some in the Republican Party were even madder.

“I went through a lot of criticism by the party Green said. “People, to this day, still don’t speak to me because of that. I felt like I was doing what was best. ... Republicans are real quick to never vote for a tax but when they cut the ribbon on a highway that was built by a tax, they’re out there cutting the ribbon with them. That’s a double standard.”

John Boozman will, for example, be out by that Bella Vista bypass, his "no" vote on Obama's stimulus legislation notwithstanding.

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