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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rightwing watch: Extremist blogger endorses extremist Arkansas congressional candidate

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

click to enlarge TOMMY MOLL: Gets Red State seal of approval.
  • TOMMY MOLL: Gets Red State seal of approval.
Erick Erickson, the rightwing Red State blogger, has endorsed Tommy Moll for 4th District Congress from Arkansas.

Who and who?

I doubt Erickson swings a lot of votes in the rural 4th. And, at this point, I doubt many have heard of Moll, though they will, because he's moved back home to Arkansas — a la Tom Cotton's temporary relocation — to spread a little of his wonderfulness on the great unwashed in these regions. He brings a lot of Yankee money with him. He mentions every chance he gets, of course, that he's a sixth generation Arkansas — still three less than French Hill — to get around the fact that he hasn't worked here for years.

But here's the funny part. Erickson concedes his endorsement of the anti-tax, anti-abortion, William & Mary educated Moll is less about Moll than about Republican challenger Bruce Westerman. Cuz, see, Westernman led the fight for adoption of Obamacare in Arkansas. This will come as news to the Republicans who DID lead the fight and who were famously accused by Westerman of taking "30 pieces of silver" to do so. It is true that Westerman had signed on originally as a sponsor then jumped ship and tried to sidetrack the train.

But Erickson has it all figured out, quoting none other than Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, currently under double investigation for spending improprieties. Darr, who was going to run for this seat until he got caught with his hand in the state cookie jar, says that the Obamacare expansion wouldn't have happened without Westerman's early support, no matter what happened later. Sounds like Westerman is powerfully influential, doesn't it? Writes Red State:

Tommy Moll has spent his time in the conservative movement fighting for the right things. Bruce Westerman has spent his time in the Arkansas State Legislature fighting for the politically convenient things.

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