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Monday, October 25, 2010

Womack goes negative

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Republican Steve Womack, the 3rd District candidate, has gone negative on Democrat David Whitaker. Womack suggests Whitaker slighted Fort Smith by not answering some questions submitted to candidates by the Fort Smith paper. OK, Whitaker missed the paper's deadline. But he's answered the questions now and raised a few far more pertinent ones about Womack's record. (Interesting that Womack, presumed to lead by dozens, has stooped to banging Whitaker.)

Foreign job loss, the minimum wage and privatizing Social Security are all issues that should work for Whitaker in Fort Smith and against Womack.

DAVID WHITAKER NEWS RELEASE

FAYETTEVILLE - Yesterday, Steve Womack posted a release titled "Whitaker Rejects Fort Smith" online, referencing the Southwest Times-Record's article that did not have David's responses to four questions posed to each candidate. While the Whitaker campaign did indeed not reply in time to have our answers published, it is unfathomable to think that David's commitment to voters in the River Valley is in any way indicated by one campaign slip-up. We apologize to the readers of the Times-Record for a simple internal miscommunication that led to us missing the press deadline.

In reality, Womack is feeling the pressure of a voting population tired of his empty campaign rhetoric straight from the Washington playbook. One attendee at the Progressive Arkansas debate in Fort Smith wrote to our campaign, "I expected more from Steve Womack...It's a sad day when the rhetoric of generality and deception becomes the reality for those who aren't paying attention...You'll have my vote and support."

We are posting our answers to these questions below, and extend our apologies to the readers of the Southwest Times-Record for not meeting the deadline.

However, if Womack wants to talk about who has rejected Fort Smith, we suggest he answer a few of these questions:

1) Will he adhere to the destructive Republican trade agenda of sending jobs from Fort Smith overseas to Mexico and China while American workers suffer?

2) How does he justify not standing up for the federal minimum wage, so that Fort Smith workers can be guaranteed fair pay for a day's work?

3) What does he say to the 26,000 retired Fort Smith workers who he would endanger by privatizing Social Security?

4) Does he really think it's best for Fort Smith's EXCELLENT public schools to abolish the Department of Education?

5) Will he follow his predecessor's example of hiding comfortably in the friendly confines of Benton County while the rest of his district loses jobs?

Additionally, Womack attacked David for not answering the Southwest Times-Record’s questions, when he himself did not answer them directly. When asked what legislation he would propose to help Arkansans suffering in the current climate, he instead chose to name four things he would say "NO" to, rather than expressing any original thought of his own. This continues his track record of providing NO insight on how he would create jobs.

Steve Womack has turned decidedly negative in the last few days of the campaign, claiming that Whitaker has slighted the people of the River Valley by failing to answer the Southwest Times-Records questions, when in reality, their absence was just a simple campaign error. Unlike the Mayor of Rogers, David Whitaker has been traveling the Third District every day meeting voters, talking to small-town mayors, and getting advice from leaders of Chambers of Commerce on how to bring jobs to our state.

We hope the voters of the Third District will excuse our mistake, and remember that there is only one candidate in this race that will put working families and small business owners first, and only one candidate who has a plan to create jobs in our district. That candidate is David Whitaker.



David Whitaker’s Answers to Southwest Times-Record questionnaire:

Taking the issue of health care off the table, if you could sponsor only one bill in the next session of Congress that you think would do the most to help Arkansans, what would it be and how would you go about getting your bill supported and passed?

If I could only pass one bill in the entire time I’m in Congress, it would be the bill sending to the states a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United case. Because none of us — whether Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party, or otherwise — believe that giant corporations should have the same rights as living, breathing Arkansans and Americans. And we’re going to change that.

If the economy clearly was headed for an economic meltdown, would you vote for another bailout? Please explain.

The question is pretty non-specific, so I'm not sure who we're talking about bailing out, but I am opposed to interfering with private-sector businesses unless they endanger the overall economic health of the country or the workforce. Certainly I would oppose bailing out a single company that would not affect the livelihood of Americans, but if our country were faced with economic meltdown, I would have to examine the particulars of the situation to determine how to avert disaster.

What bill or bills are floating out there or what would you propose that would provide the most help to Arkansans who are suffering as a result of economic woes that continue to hit Arkansas?

We need to extend the Bush tax cuts for the 98% of Arkansans who fall into all but the topmost tax bracket. We have to be responsible with our spending, so we should not blow up our deficit any more with more tax cuts for millionaires, but working Arkansans deserve a break in this economy. More importantly though, we have to get Arkansans back to work! We need to rejuvenate the economy with massive infrastructure improvement, fixing and building roads, bridges, and water access. We should be the leaders in the green energy sector - and we already are, just ask the folks who will be working at the new Mitsubishi wind turbine plant next year.

What impact would the “fair tax” — a national sales tax — have on the unemployment rate and what would you do to minimize it? Obviously, Internal Revenue Service employees and accountants who earn the majority of their living on income tax preparation would be adversely affected.

I am for comprehensive tax reform that includes simplifying the tax code and making it easier on small businesses to file their returns. A national sales tax - sometimes upwards of 23% in some plans - is a terrible idea that would regressively impact many Arkansans. Can you imagine having to pay a 23% sales tax on your milk, bread, or your children’s shoes, let alone the next car you buy? I know we need tax reform, and I am committed to working towards it if elected.

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