by Max Brantley
WOODY ANDERSON NEWS RELEASE
Fort Smith – Yesterday, October 3rd , Woodrow Anderson, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress (AR-03), questioned John Boozman’s continued support for House leadership involved in the year-long cover-up of Congressman Foley’s inappropriate relations with high-school House pages. Further, Anderson pointed out that this just shows how far the two-term incumbent will go to please the Republican Leadership. Also, in a related matter, John Boozman lied about his relationship with Mark Foley.
In a classless attack, the Arkansas Republican Party unsuccessfully tried to divert the attention away from Boozman’s support of a House Leadership that let former Representative Foley’s unforgivable actions go on for months.
“We elected John Boozman to protect our country and our families. If he thinks that protecting families by standing with his leadership and their reported three year cover-up of this horrid act is the right thing, then that is further proof he has been there too long. Endangering children is not a family value I grew up with,” said
“I say this to you, John Boozman: Stand up for yourself like a man. Don’t hide like a coward behind Republican political hacks at the state party.” Anderson stated.
Anderson went on to say, “I asked John Boozman to stand up to his leadership, and since he is unable to speak on his own to the citizens of Arkansas and must use the Republican Party to spread empty rhetoric, I say to them try your best. Bring it on. I’m ready for a fight. I’m on the people's side; you're on the failed Republican leadership’s side and the side of corporate interests. I like my chances.”
Additionally, John Boozman stated that he and Foley “were only casually acquainted” (Source: Arkansas News Bureau. Page scandal riles Arkansans 10/3/06). However, John Boozman and Mark Foley served together on Roy Blunt’s Majority Whip Team.
· Boozman was first appointed as an Assistant Whip in 2003, and continues to serve in that capacity (Source: Project Vote Smart. http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=MAR69794 ).
· Foley was appointed as an Assistant Whip in 1995 and continued to serve in that capacity until his resignation (Source: Project Vote Smart.
“Tell the truth, Mr. Boozman, you served three and a half years as an assistant whip with Mr. Foley – is that what you call a casual relationship? Do NOT continue to lie to the public about this matter. You have worked closely with this man for three years and continue to support this cover-up. Foley, the Republican Leadership, and the Republican Party have the wrong priorities: covering up a cyber-sex pedophile, giving billions away to Big Oil, HMO’s, and the Drug Companies. I don’t think the voters in the 3rd Congressional District can take much more of Republican values and leadership. Leadership takes courage – something we needed from our Congressman during the last five days,” stated Anderson .
Anderson went on to say, “They are partners in crime and pushing the wrong priorities in Washington : Helping drug companies, HMOs, and Big Oil ... while we suffer. I will be happy to meet you anytime and discuss your party’s recent failings in leadership and family values.”