AR-02: BHR Backs John Adams

7 May

We must admit that here at BHR, despite our intense coverage of the AR-02 congressional race to replace Vic Snyder, we have had a rather difficult time in deciding which progressive candidate to endorse.  We have kicked the tires on each of the candidates more than once, and have gone back and forth on a couple of the campaigns as we looked at not only the policies and core convictions being espoused, but also considered consistency of message, temperament, competence in utilizing media, and how they would fair in a showdown with BHR villain (and likely GOP nominee) Timmy Griffin.

Though many progressives have long stood with State Senator Joyce Elliott because of her proven voting record and passion for liberal causes and feel inclined to vote for her based on her past, we cannot give her our endorsement because of the failings of her campaign and her inability to win in November because of those failings.  She has not focused her campaign outside the boundaries of the Little Rock metro at all, has not tapped into new media outlets or other tactics proven successful by the Democratic strategy of 2008 of turning to younger voters to get excited about her campaign, and she (perhaps) goes too far left for even progressive-minded Arkansas Democrats with statements like “terrorism [is caused by] male chauvinism” [said at the May 4 UCA debate].

Nor can we actively tout Mr. Missed Opportunity (David Boling), or the arrogant, inexperienced, and misguided priorities of Patrick Kennedy.  As for Robbie Wills, the “inevitable” choice?  While he is a proven leader and consensus builder and is a far cry from Griffin, his negative stance on health care reform — particularly the uninformed Medicaid response (that the campaign is still giving at debates) — and lack of direct answers to a host of other progressive policy questions mean we cannot jump on board.

For us, after careful consideration (ok, weeks of agony) the choice is now crystal clear.  BHR supports the most level-headed and consistent progressive in the field, one with both an impressive background of accomplishment and real world experience, particularly his work as Arkansas’s Assistant General in the Criminal Division, but who cannot be labeled as “part of the problem” like so many retread politicians.

We are PROUD to support John Adams to be Arkansas’s next voice in congress.

Throughout this primary season, Adams has consistently put forth a positive and forward-thinking campaign, albeit without all the built-in advantages of the better-known and better-financed candidates.  He has been an unabashed supporter of President Obama’s health care reform push from its onset, and he has remained true to that cause.  He has also been direct in asking opponents to contrast their respective views on the health care issue during debates, which has not gone unnoticed.  Adams has stood firm in his backing of the first federal stimulus package — which has proven to be a boon to Arkansas — and has been outspoken in his call for the release of the remaining $160 billion in funds to ensure projects are completed and state governments do not have to lay employees off.

His expertise in tax policy has been evident as he has proposed specific ideas such simplifying the U.S. tax code for average Arkansans and other Americans who take standard deductions as well as holding companies that ship operations overseas accountable by closing loopholes that provide incentives for this sort of behavior.  He is also a practical leader and strives for bi-partisanship in areas where there can should be agreement, such as by clearly standing up for a woman’s right to choose and flatly opposing efforts to criminalize theses procedures, while simultaneously calling for a national initiative to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country and better education for tomorrow’s mothers.

Lastly, Adams has proven to be the most innovative campaigner with his EFFECTIVE use of new media tools.  Social media usage is a bit of a pet issue here at BHR, and it has been clear to us for weeks now that, while Kennedy got the early press regarding his forward-thinking use of Foursquare, it has been Adams who has best illustrated how social media outlets are part of one big picture rather than stand-alone technologies.

Adams has deftly crafted a social media strategy using Twitter, Facebook, a blog on his own website, GoWalla, Foursquare, and YouTube.  Moreover, and unlike his competitors, he has used these tools — especially Twitter, Facebook, his blog, and YouTube — as complementary parts of a whole.  (See, for example, Adams’ strategy vis-a-vis the second debate, with live-Tweeting, post-debate Tweeting, Facebook postings, and YouTube video that was also embedded on his blog.)

So, time is obviously of the essence with so few days remaning until May 18. We hope that you’ll take another look at John Adams over at his website, make a contribution, or more importantly, see if you agree with his stances on the issues you care about and get others to consider him, too. The race to replace Vic Snyder is just too important to this state and to our country to do anything less.

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4 Responses to “AR-02: BHR Backs John Adams”

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  1. AR-02: Let’s See If This Works | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - May 11, 2010

    […] AR-02 Democratic debate, but was unable to due to technical difficulties.  Thankfully, the most adept candidate in this race in terms of technology and social media, John Adams, is taking a crack at hosting a feed as well, which we have (hopefully) embedded […]

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  2. AR-02: Let’s See If This Works | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - May 11, 2010

    […] AR-02 Democratic debate, but was unable to due to technical difficulties.  Thankfully, the most adept candidate in this race in terms of technology and social media, John Adams, is taking a crack at hosting a feed as well, which we have (hopefully) embedded […]

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  3. AR-02: Building Upon the Snyder Legacy? | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - May 13, 2010

    […] past couple of weeks, the real “issues-driven candidate” with the palatable demeanor is BHR’s AR-02 endorsee, John Adams. In fact, it was Adams’ performances in the three debates that forced us to think […]

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  4. AR-02: Building Upon the Snyder Legacy? | Blue Hog Report: Arkansas's Source for Progressive Politics - May 13, 2010

    […] past couple of weeks, the real “issues-driven candidate” with the palatable demeanor is BHR’s AR-02 endorsee, John Adams. In fact, it was Adams’ performances in the three debates that forced us to think […]

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