Arkansas Senate Race Turns Bitter Over Claims Of Entitlement   1 comment

Even though, as a liberal, I should support incumbent AR Sen. Mark Pryor, attacking someone who’s served their country in Iraq & Afghanistan for a “sense of entitlement” is definitely not something I care for…

Congressman Tom Cotton is talking to the cows.

“What’s up, guys?” he asks under his breath as he opens the gate on his parents’ 200 acre farm in Yell County, a feed bag under his arm.

Cotton grew up here, in western Arkansas, helping his mother and father breed calves that are eventually sold to big cattle ranchers in Texas and beyond. He’s stopped by this Sunday morning before heading to church—a rare respite from a campaign schedule that’s already intense, even though the election is still eight months away. As a kid, he was responsible for mowing the lawn and helping his father, Len, drive the cows around the farm, a job that typically takes three people.

“Naturally, the cattle would move kind of in the direction away from where you wanted to go, and he would race over to the side in the truck, and then he’d yell at me and ask, ‘why are you moving so slow?’ I’m nine, and I don’t have a truck!” he says, laughing.

Cotton is tall and thin and comes across as focused and intense. He’s just 36-years-old, and if he wins, he’d easily be the youngest senator. From the farm, he went on to Harvard and then to Harvard Law School, eventually joining the Army and becoming an infantry officer. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped watch over the fallen as a member of the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He came home and ran for Congress, winning his House seat in 2012, taking office in January 2013 and announcing his Senate campaign just 7 months later.

“Some people say I’m a young man in a hurry. Guess what? They’re right. We’ve got urgent problems and I am in a hurry to solve them,” Cotton said when he announced his Senate bid.

The quick rise has won him an attack ad from Pryor, who says that Cotton has “blind ambition” and a sense of entitlement that will turn voters off, even considering his military background.

“There’s a lot of people in the Senate that didn’t serve in the military,” Pryor told NBC News. “Obviously in the Senate we have all types of different people, all kinds of different folks that have come from all types of different backgrounds—and I think that’s part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, I served my country, let me into the Senate. But that’s not how it works in Arkansas.”(NBC News)

So let me get this straight, Sen. Pryor? Your claim to the Senate seat stems from the fact that your daddy, former Sen. David Pryor, once served in the Senate…what, does that mean the seats are hereditary now?

You know, I may not care one whit for Pryor’s opponent, GOP Representative Tom Cotton, but attacking him for wanting to serve the people of his state in the Senate – even though I disagree with practically everything Cotton supports – almost makes me want to throw my support behind Cotton just on principle alone.


Posted March 5, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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