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Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's war: Lincoln v. Halter

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

My apologies. I just realized I screwed this entry up big-time. The U.S. Senate race got hot today.

First, a link to Sen. Blanche Lincoln's attack mailer today against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, for his connection to drug companies with a controversial past.

Then, there's Sen. Lincoln's response to questions from the AFL-
CIO in advance of its expected endorsement this weekend of Halter. She challenges Halter to release answers to the same questions. She's now against card check. But ... is Halter? (The union has derided Lincoln, by the way.)

Her worst weasel, among several, is in her answer to whether she'd oppose legislation to ban discrimination in the workplace against people on account of sexual orientation. She says she'd have to evaluate it for the "impact" on Arkansas. The only impact of discrimination is discrimination. Anything but a vote for this bill is a vote for legalized workplace harassment, pay disparity and worse. Shame on Blanche.

ON THE JUMP: Halter responds to the Lincoln mailer.

Also, in the following video, MoveOn rips Lincoln today for her vote on saving banks from loss of federal money on student loan programs.




Halter spokeswoman Carol Butler said, "Polls released today show Senator Lincoln's support eroding and make clear why she has launched desperate Karl Rove style attacks on Bill Halter in the last days.  Lincoln's attacks mischaracterize the facts to try to make Halter appear responsible for the acts of others. Lincoln even goes so far as to assert that Halter was sued, which is absolutely false.

The facts are clear:  In the case of Threshold, Bill Halter was not named in the lawsuit cited in the mail piece and was never investigated related to any aspect of his board service with any company. Additionally, the case was a financial dispute between investors and not a matter related to patient care. And in the case of InterMune when the CEO's inappropriate behavior was discovered, Bill Halter, along with other members of the Board of Directors, ensured that the CEO was removed."

Butler continued, "Looking at the evidence, it's clear that what is really going on is that Senator Lincoln is making outrageous charges to hide or cover her own record of selling out to the drug and insurance companies who have bankrolled her campaign with more than a million dollars in contributions. Senator Lincoln voted against allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. She threatened health reform to protect insurance company profits.  And just today she voted against closing the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole” that hurts Arkansas seniors."

Bill Halter added, "If Senator Lincoln truly wished to engage on real issues she would accept my offer to debate in town hall meetings at colleges across Arkansas in the coming weeks.  Sadly that does not appear to be the direction she is heading."


Today Senator Blanche Lincoln released her questionare to the Arkansas AFL CIO and challenged Lt. Governor Bill Halter to do the same thing.  We want to thank the Senator for acknowledging that she sought after, and in the past did receive the support of Arkansas working families.  Working families she now calls outside interest groups.  This just goes to show how empty her promises to fight for them on jobs, health care and trade have been."



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