Whichever Democrat wins the run off, liberal Democrats in the district won’t have a good representative in the general election. Clark Hall says he wants to be a Blue Dog like the Republican-friendly former U.S. Representative Marion Berry. Scott Ellington promises to shift away from the Democratic Party once elected, to make deals with the House Republicans, and supports pro-corporate, anti-environmental policies such as expanding offshore drilling for oil (not a gutsy move from the inland state of Arkansas).
Liberals do have a candidate they can trust outside the Democratic Party. No, not the incumbent Republican Rick Crawford, who never saw a progressive idea he didn’t hate.
This year, there’s a Green Party candidate in the 1st congressional district of Arkansas: Jacob Holloway. Explaining his reason for running for Congress as a Green, Holloway states, “I want to hold both of the major political parties accountableâ€”Democrats and Republicansâ€”for their corruption and fraud of the American people. I want to prosecute the banking Wall St. criminals that destroyed the U.S. economy and used predatory lending to take away Americanâ€™s homes, jobs and whole familyâ€™s futures. And, last but not least, I want to help further the movement to pass a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to protect campaign finance rule laws and I will never accept any corporate or political action committee money for my own campaign.”