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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Conner Eldridge presses opponent John Boozman on Trump

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge has called on his opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman, to repudiate Donald Trump's remarks about a federal judge presiding in the Trump University lawsuit.

Eldridge, a former federal prosecutor, condemned Trump for saying Judge Gonzalo Curiel was unfair because of Mexican heritage. He called Trump's comments "racist." He sent this statement:

"I absolutely condemn the recent remarks made by Donald Trump regarding Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel and his ethnicity. We've seen virtually all leaders in the Republican party, from Newt Gingrich to Speaker Paul Ryan to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come out in vehement opposition to this explicitly offensive rhetoric. But where is Senator Boozman? His silence speaks volumes about where and with whom he stands. And it begs the bigger question: what will it take for Mr. Trump to say before we hear anything but silence from Sen. Boozman?

Judge Curiel is an American-born citizen, and to suggest his family heritage will somehow impede his ability to correctly judge this case is offensive. If Senator Boozman will not outwardly condemn an action that is so clearly wrong now, how can we expect him to stand up for what's right in the years ahead? We need a strong, new voice that isn't afraid to speak up for what's right for all Arkansans."
I've left phone and email messages for Boozman's campaign.

UPDATE: Late in the afternoon John Boozmanwas quoted by 40/29 as calling Trump's remarks "out of line." But that's about the size of the report.

ALSO: Dianne Curry, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, said Republican Rep. French Hill also should be heard from.

“In June of 1950, a Republican woman stood up in Congress and condemned the actions of a fellow Republican. That was Senator Margaret Chase Smith in her ‘Declaration of Conscience.’ Where are those Republicans today?”

Curry continued, “Demagogues can be found in both political parties, whether it’s George Wallace in the Democratic or Donald Trump in the Republican. The mark of true leadership is defining the moment and saying those people are wrong.”

“I condemn the statements made by Donald Trump. I also remind my opponent and his party that in Arkansas, our state seal bears the words Regnat Populus—the people shall rule. I call on French Hill and Arkansas Republicans to join me in making our own declaration of conscience, ensuring the people, not parties, shall rule.”

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