HALTER NEWS RELEASE
Little Rock) - Today the Halter for Lieutenant Governor campaign released six "whoppers" Jim Holt and his campaign have uttered during the campaign for Lieutenant Governor. The Halter campaign believes that Jim Holt should be dubbed the "King of the Whoppers" for his penchant of making-up facts, figures and stories to suit whatever inflammatory rhetoric he is trying to sling on any particular day. The Halter campaign stated that this lack of temperament is not what is needed in an elected official who, if elected, would be a heartbeat away from the governorship.
"Jim Holt never lets facts get in the way of a good story and that trait is not what Arkansans need in their next Lieutenant Governor." said Michael Cook, Halter campaign manager. "His tendency to just make up facts and serve up "whoppers" shows he does not have the temperament needed to be a steady hand in state government. Jim Holt sure likes to talk, but he never can seem to get his facts straight or get anything done. No wonder he's been named by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as one of the "Top Ten Worst Legislators" every time he was eligible and three times in a row. Holt's legislative record is rife with just talk - and no action."
Six Whoppers from Jim Holt
1. "The issue of school consolidation has gained political acceptance because those who support it think they are saving money and not realizing the true cost," Holt said in a recent news release. "The cost is sacrificing good schools... "
Truth - Jim Holt sure knows how to flip-flop: "Why couldn't we have 100 school districts based upon school enrollment?" asked Jim Holt in 2002. In 2002, Jim Holt was all for school consolidation during his quest for a State Senate seat. In 2006, Jim Holt now says he is opposed to school consolidation. A blatant example of a political flip-flop. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/16/02]
2. "Teachers say, 87% say, the reason they leave is because of job dissatisfaction and because of the overabundance of paperwork. It's not necessarily because of the money. - Jim Holt
Truth - Jim Holt is part of the problem when it comes to teacher job dissatisfaction. Holt was the only State Senator to vote against giving teachers just one 30-minute duty-free lunch a day, and was the only State Senator to vote against a plan that would allow teachers to receive the retirement benefits they earned through years of service.
Further, in his quote Holt cites a bogus study conducted by the "Women"s Prayer and Action Group" which is headed up by Holt campaign volunteer Debbie Pelley. That partisan group apparently only received 30 comments to a teacher survey they sent out six years ago. Ironically, one of the first teacher comments to the survey said: "Quality teachers can not be kept or hired unless Arkansas teachers receive a large pay raise." We bet that teacher didn't know that Holt twice voted against giving teachers a needed pay raise. [http://www.wpaag.org/TeacherSurveySummary.htm]
3. "Bill Halter was nominated to a low-level political appointment within the Social Security Administration during the Clinton Administration..." - Jim Holt's Campaign Spokesperson
Truth - Bill Halter was nominated as Deputy Commissioner, the #2 position at Social Security, a post so important that it required United States Senate confirmation, which he received by unanimous vote. Halter also served as the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Halter oversaw a federal agency with 65,000 employees and 1,500 offices.
4. "If he really loved this state and her people, why did he choose to live in California the last 25 or more years?" - Jim Holt
Truth - Nice sound bite, but 100% false. Bill Halter attended Stanford University on a scholarship for four years, and beyond that has not lived one day in California. Bill Halter has been an Arkansas resident his entire life, even when he left the state to serve Arkansas and our country in the Clinton Administration.
5. "I've have been working tirelessly to reduce the tax burden in this state to bring in high paying jobs." - Jim Holt
Truth - All talk and no action. During his six years of ineffectiveness in the Legislature, Holt has introduced four bills to cut taxes. Not one of those bills even cleared a committee. Perhaps this ineffectiveness is one of the reasons the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him to their "Top Ten Worst Legislators" list three times in a row. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7/2/06]
6. "Saying I haven't protected rural schools is like my primary opponent saying, I'm a tax and spend liberal." - Jim Holt
Truth - Classic Jim Holt - says one thing and does another. Jim Holt has voted time and again against the interests of rural schools. Jim Holt was the only State Senator to vote against providing incentives for recruiting and retaining teachers in small school districts with fewer than 1,000 students. Holt proposed a constitutional amendment which would have gutted funding for rural schools. Holt also voted against providing for an equitable and adequate education for Arkansas's students. Time and again, Jim Holt has also opposed increased funding for our public school. All together, these facts raise a valid question: Whose side is Jim Holt really on? [Associated Press, 2/6/04; AR General Assembly, SB89, 2/4/04; 84th General Assembly Regular Session, SJR 20; Arkansas General Assembly, 1/6/04 Senate roll—call vote on SB 42; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/7/04]