The New York Times reports that further loss of abortion rights is being used as a campaign tool by Democratic candidates in some populous states. Not Arkansas, obviously, though available polling here is no different than most places — while most have reservations about abortion and favor a variety of restrictions on it, a majority still prefers that it be a legal option for women.
Make no mistake that the Republican candidates heading to Congress from Arkansas want to rip control of women's bodies from them and end legal abortion availability. Republican congressional candidates here, including Tim Griffin in the 2nd District, this week received endorsements from an anti-abortion group that favors, among others, full constitutional rights of "personhood" for fertilized eggs, which could play havoc some day for, say, programs full of those persons otherwise known as frozen embryos and microscopic matter that might be affected by morning-after pills. The mentally retarded Fort Smith child raped by her father? No public abortion funding for her.
Given the state of things, I don't know what's to lose for Democrats like Joyce Elliott in making clearer what the Republican future holds for women.
UPDATE: Elliott has been spotted, by the way. She's traveling in Yell County with Dale Bumpers, David Pryor and Vic Snyder, who notes that a lifelong Arkansan (Elliott) faces a newcomer to Central Arkansas who's spent most of his working life in Washington. And, I'd add, not just in Washington but in the belly of the Rovian dirty politics beast.
And talk about dirty. Griffin's latest radio is some slimy stuff. It raises more questions than his dishonest innuendo answers. What part of the state trauma system would he shut down, if he would have opposed a cigarette tax to pay for it? What part of the millions in stimulus money Arkansas has received would he have refused? And you'll excuse me if I don't take the word of the Democrat-Gazette editorial page that Griffin's documented involvement in efforts to suppress the votes of poor black people in Florida is baseless. But I do believe the former U.S. attorney from New Mexico, backed up by sworn testimony and other evidence, who said Griffin slimed a good man, Bud Cummins, so he could get his job. The notion that Tim Griffin, a master of the unsupported smear, is complaining about negative campaigning by Joyce Elliott boggles the mind.
JOYCE ELLIOTT NEWS RELEASE
Yell County, AR — Continuing her commitment to reach every voter, Joyce Elliott for U.S. Congress announced the first leg of her campaign tour with Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers and Congressman Vic Snyder.
“I am honored to have three of my personal heroes join me on the campaign trail, and I am excited to be back in Yell County to let them know why I want to be their next Congresswoman. My campaign has always been about engaging people one-on-one and asking people for their vote,” stated Senator Joyce Elliott.
The tour will start at the courthouse in Dardanelle at 11 a.m. Joyce Elliott for U.S. Congress Campaign will also be stopping in at the Yell County Senior Activity center and visiting local cafes and coffee shops. The tour will include stops in both downtown Dardanelle and Danville, meeting with Mayor Carolyn McGee (Dardanelle) and Mayor Steve Pfeifer (Danville). Sen. Elliott will also conduct interviews with the local newspapers and radio stations.
“Yell County is a great place to kickoff this tour. The whole day has been set aside to spend time with the voters in the county listening to and talking with voter,” Elliott said.
One of the last stops of the day will be at Chambers Bank, which will include a small reception for Joyce Elliott. In addition, folks from the Danville Senior Center will present Congressman Snyder with a handmade blanket in honor of his service to Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District.
“It is important that people know that this election is a choice between someone who has dedicated her life to helping people in this state and someone who has spent his entire professional career as a Washington DC insider." stated Congressman Snyder.
“I think some folks have deemed us the Antique Roadshow, which might be true,” joked Senator David Pryor.
“Congressman Snyder, Senator Bumpers, and I are excited to get back out on the campaign trail because we know what a great person Joyce Elliott is, and we know she will be a great representative for Arkansas. This is a tough race, but we have a secret weapon. People who get to know Joyce Elliott become people who love Joyce Elliott.” Pryor concluded, “Our mission is simple: Make sure people get to know Joyce Elliott as we know her, and we will win in a landslide.”