by Max Brantley
Sen. Kim Hendren of Gravette has announced that he's put $200,000 of his own money into his campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Anybody want to see that and raise?
UPDATE: Since the Senate race has come up, why not give blog readers an early taste of Ernest Dumas' column this week on the entry in the race of Blanche Lincoln's erstwhile friend, farmer Stanley Reed.
Signaling his strong commitment to the race, state Senator Kim Hendren announced he has invested $200,000 of his own money in his run for the United States Senate. The $200,000 has been deposited in the campaign account, is immediately available and will be reported on the next campaign finance report.
The most recent Rasmussen poll, showing Hendren leading incumbent Blanche Lincoln by a greater margin than any other GOP contender, encouraged him to make the move. The plainspoken Republican from Gravette said he was ready to put my money where my mouth is. “I intend to raise the campaign funds for this race, but I wanted to show my fellow Arkansans that I am fully committed to being Arkansas’ next U.S. Senator,” Hendren said.
“We've received a wonderful response across the state. We're thankful for the time, money and support people are giving to the campaign. I want Arkansas to know I'm making the same commitment, and that I'll never be dependent on special interest groups to fund my campaign,” Hendren said.
Hendren, the Republican Leader in the state Senate, said “Arkansans know Washington needs a strong dose of conservative, common sense, and I'm the guy to give it to them!"
“We need more jobs and economic growth, but all the new taxes proposed in Washington will kill many of the jobs we have left. Too much debt caused many of our economic problems, but Washington keeps spending and spending. We were told healthcare reform would bring better care and lower costs, but the Senate health care bill raises costs, reduces choices, and will shut down rural hospitals and nursing homes,” Hendren asserted.
"If we want more jobs, fiscal discipline and a stronger economy, we need to send someone who’s actually built a business and knows what it takes to create jobs,” Hendren said. "Sending more people who have worked in government and politics all their lives is not the answer. It's just common sense," Hendren concluded.
Hendren has the most diversified background of any of the candidates for U.S. Senate. He has a farm/ranch operation, employs over 50 people at the family’s manufacturing plants and also assists in the operation of a 50,000-watt FM radio station, a local real estate office, and five auto dealerships. Hendren and his wife of 51 years, the former Marylea Hutchinson, are active in their local church, where he directs music, teaches and leads a nursing home ministry. Hendren has been a Kiwanian and Gideon for over 40 years.
An engineering graduate of the University of Arkansas and former public school teacher, Hendren was unanimously elected as the Republican Leader of the Arkansas Senate this year. Senator Hendren has served on the Gravette City Council, the Gravette school board and is in his twelfth (12th) year as a member of the Arkansas House and Senate.
For more information about Senator Hendren’s campaign, visit www.hendrenforsenate.com.
To see the Rasmussen poll, please visit: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/arkansas/toplines/toplines_2010_arkansas_senate_race_december_1_2009