AR-Sen: Washington Heavyweight (And One Sad Puppy) Stumps for Boozman

6 Jul

Top-ranking Senate Repug and Obama Obstructionist Extraordinaire Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was in town stumping for John Boozman today. The senior member of the Senate Ag. Committee, McConnell joined Boozman for a fundraiser this morning and just wrapped up an afternoon media roundtable (we hope to break any news coming from that event).

Preparing for the Washington heavyweight’s visit, Boozman’s camp issued this statement:

“Senator McConnell has long led the fight for a limited federal government, fiscal responsibility and the common-sense values that are lacking in the left-wing agenda.  I am grateful for Senator McConnell’s leadership and support for my campaign.  I look forward to welcoming him to Arkansas next week and working with him to put our country back on the right course.”

Seizing on the opportunity to link Boozman to this sad puppy and D.C. insider (yes, perhaps coming from Blanche this is a tad laughable), Lincoln’s campaign countered the visit with the following:

“It’s no wonder Congressman Boozman brought ultimate Washington insider Mitch McConnell to Arkansas to raise money for his campaign,” Lincoln campaign communications director Katie Laning Niebaum said. “Boozman and McConnell are two of a kind, who have repeatedly obstructed disaster aid for Arkansas farmers and unemployment assistance for Arkansans searching for a job. While Senator Lincoln is on the front lines fighting for Arkansas’s working families and businesses, Congressman Boozman sits back and just says ‘no.’ The choice is clear: Senator Lincoln has proven she is an independent voice, standing up for Arkansans while Congressman Boozman does little more than provide a rubberstamp for his party.”

“Congressman Boozman has voted at least 19 times against extending or expanding unemployment benefits. More than 100,000 Arkansans are unemployed, but as recently as last Thursday, Boozman voted against extending benefits for Arkansans still searching for jobs. Just hours earlier, McConnell led all but two Republican Senators in blocking the unemployment insurance extension through November 30. As the Congressional Budget Office has found, aid to the unemployed is a highly cost-effective form of economic stimulus.”

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