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 accountable—Democrats and Republicans—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 American’s homes, jobs and whole family’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.”