Can Democrat Scott Ellington do better as the 1st District's congressman? He could hardly do worse than incumbent Republican Rep. Rick Crawford.
During recent work on the farm bill, he opposed an amendment meant to restore cuts in the food stamp program. He supported additional government spending and regulation of catfish inspection, a move targeting imported fish. Expensive bureaucracy in the name of local catfish protectionism is OK for teabagging congressmen. Crawford also added an amendment in support of a controversial biomass fuel project. MFA Oil Biomass said the money in Crawford's amendment would be critical to its future in developing fuel from a type of grass.
MFA showed its appreciation the day after Crawford's amendment was approved. Former state Sen. Tim Wooldridge, northeast Arkansas project manager for MFA, announced that he'd lead a coalition of Democrats in support of Crawford's re-election. It didn't exactly set off a groundswell for Crawford among Democrats, but he could nonetheless mark his biomass amendment "PAID IN FULL."