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Democrats on Holcomb's switch to the GOP: good riddance

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 7:39 AM

Rep. Mike Holcomb is seeing red, joining the party where he's a better fit due to his opposition to gay rights and abortion. This is the inevitable re-sorting process as the political landscape shifts. Once upon a time it made sense for pseudo-Republicans to identify as Democrats in Arkansas because Democrats were dominant. That is...no longer so.

A politician like Holcomb focused on easier re-election paths knows which way the wind is blowing.  

In a statement today, Democratic Part of Arkansas chairman Vince Insalaco said that Holcomb caucused and voted with House Republicans, so it wouldn't change much in practice. 

“If standing against women’s health care including Pap smears, breast cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, prenatal checkups, or the equality of all Arkansans is important to Rep. Holcomb, then he’s found a good home in the Republican Party of Arkansas," Insalaco said. “Asa Hutchinson was elected to represent all Arkansans, not just Republicans. Today’s announcement was beneath the office of governor, and a poor attempt to distract from the Medicaid crisis caused by the poor planning of the Hutchinson administration." 

Full press release after the jump: 

Democratic Party of Arkansas Issues Statement on Legislator’s Change in Party Affiliation

(LITTLE ROCK) – Today Vince Insalaco, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, issued the following statement on State Representative Mike Holcomb's change of party affiliation.

“Today’s announcement by Rep. Mike Holcomb and Governor Asa Hutchinson was no surprise. In the last legislative session Rep. Holcomb caucused and voted with House Republicans. His change in party affiliation will not alter any legislative outcome.’

“If standing against women’s health care including Pap smears, breast cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, prenatal checkups, or the equality of all Arkansans is important to Rep. Holcomb, then he’s found a good home in the Republican Party of Arkansas.’

“Asa Hutchinson was elected to represent all Arkansans, not just Republicans. Today’s announcement was beneath the office of governor, and a poor attempt to distract from the Medicaid crisis caused by the poor planning of the Hutchinson administration.

Nearly 50,000 Arkansans were unfairly kicked off their private option health insurance plan which Rep. Mike Holcomb voted for three times. In 2014, hardworking Arkansans in District 10 braved a cold, rainy Election Day to cast their votes for a Democrat who would fight to save the private option.’

“The Democratic Party of Arkansas believes everyone deserves access to affordable health care. We intend to give voters in House District 10 the opportunity to vote for a real Democrat in 2016.”

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