Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's official - Princella Smith Announces for Congress

Today, Princella Smith announced for the Republican nomination to represent Arkansas' 1st Congressional District. Princella Smith officially launched her campaign for the U.S. Congress today with a rally at E.U DeShay Park in Wynne, Arkansas. Joined by family and friends from all over the district, Smith told the crowd:
“Today is the beginning. A beginning that is part of a larger calling heard from every county in Arkansas and every State in America – a calling for responsibility, vision and honesty. A calling that reminds me of lessons I learned right here in Wynne, Arkansas; lessons that taught me the difference between right and wrong, the importance of an honest day’s work and that honest people can disagree with the dignity and respect that every Arkansan should show both his neighbor and a stranger.

“Today, I humbly stand before you asking for your support. Not for me, but for what together we represent. A long-ago-forgotten commitment to do what is right instead of what is easy. A promise to our children that we will leave them a better Arkansas – and a better America – than what we have been so fortunate to enjoy – and an unwavering loyalty to our people, our freedom, and our creator.

“While Washington is working on legislation that will use your tax dollars to pay for abortion, restrict your right to own and bear arms and desecrate the traditional Arkansas family, we need to rise up and demand better.  Together we can do better.  Together we can run a different kind of campaign, with a different kind of candidate – committed to a different kind of service.”
Born and raised in Wynne by her father John Smith, a former school board Vice President and the minister at Christian Fellowship Church and her mother Sandra Smith, the vice principal at Wynne High School, Princella will work to bring real solutions and new leadership to Arkansas. Princella is the granddaughter of a farmer and educator—both of whom passed down the values of hard work, discipline, and determination to her family. Princella is a graduate of Wynne High School, Ouachita Baptist University, and the Buckley School of Public Speaking.

The First Congressional District is represented by Rep. Marion Berry who has announced he will not seek reelection. The Washington Post has identified the district as a top-10 race in the U.S. in 2010. For more information, visit PrincellaSmith.com
Tags: AR-01, Arkansas, Candidate for Congress, First Congressional District, Princella Smith, Republican

Friday, February 19, 2010

Republican Princella Smith to Run for Berry's Seat

Princella Smith, a former spokeswoman for Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), has announced she will run for Rep. Marion Berry's (D-R) seat. Smith, an Arkansas native and former aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee and Rep. John Boozman (R-AR), and worked for Newt Gingrich at American Solutions. She will make her official announcement on Saturday in her hometown of Wynne, Ark. Smith, who is in her mid-20s and is African-American and became first known as an Arkansas Young Republican who spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention after winning an MTV contest. At present, she would be running against Rick Crawford of Jonesboro, Arkansas for the Republican primary nomination. More information to follow after her formal announcement.
Tags: 1st Congressional District, AR-01, Arkansas, Candidate for Congress, Princella Smith

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Berryism Alert - Democrat Liberal Chad Causey To Run for AR-01

The following Arkansas 1st District candidate's remarks in Politico merits some commentary:
Rep. Marion Berry's chief of staff, Chad Causey, announced Tuesday that he's running for the seat his boss plans to vacate after seven terms in office. "I've been meeting with voters from across the district, and I'm hearing what they have to say: 'We need jobs,' 'fix our economy' and 'put our needs first,'" Causey said in a statement. "We face some big challenges, and while I don't pretend to have all the answers, I do promise that no one will listen longer, no one will work harder, and no one will take this responsibility more serious than I will." Causey, who has spent the last decade as an aide to Berry and became his chief of staff in 2006 . . . [Full Story]
As expected, Causey has announced for office. He has "Berryism" all over him. Causey has been the young lucid liberal democrat supporting Marion Berry for over 10 years including being his Chief of Staff - Berry's Chief Steward - for the last 4 years. He must think the voters of the 1st District are not reflective when he says "I've been meeting with voters from across the district, and I'm hearing what they have to say: 'We need jobs,' 'fix our economy' and 'put our needs first,'" When and to whom was he listening? Well, maybe he listed to his family and close friends.

When did chief advisor Causey get Rep. Berry out to meet with the citizen's across the District at citizen called town hall meetings? When did he sway Berry not to side with Nancy Pelosi? If elected, Causey who already knows his way around Washington, D.C. with his liberal democrat friends, would rejoin Pelois and Obama in supporting programs which are killing real jobs in Arkansas and taking over numerous aspects of our lives and liberty. Arkansas cannot afford to risk our futures on a candidate who stated qualifications are bagging groceries, becoming a congressional staffer and then advancing to chief of staff. Note this added statement by Mr. Berry's Chief of Staff:
"People today are experiencing these same hardships; they're concerned about jobs and their kids education, they're angry that Wall Street's wants are trumping Main Street's needs. I hear them, and I promise that I'll keep listening and put their needs first."
Well he knows the liberal mantra and played the jobs and education card. Even though education and jobs are not the Federal governments Constitutional responsibility although they so continually interfere with them. Causey, age 34 in April, has been with Rep. Berry for over a decade (10 years) which means he was 24 or younger when he was fortunate enough to leave bagging groceries and to pursue his then dream of being a congressional staffer for Marion Berry. As a staffer, especially has Chief of Staff, young Chad appears to have been part of the neo-democrat socialist agenda "hook, line and sinker" which does not reflect being attuned to the majority of voters in the 1st District. However, he is attuned to the progressive socialist in Washington attempting to ruin main street and America.

Fellow voters, this young man does not know the reality of living in the first district. He has been on the Congressional staff payroll and a part of the Washington D.C. liberal establishment for too long. He has been part of the system which has placed Arkansas families at risk. Like Blanche Lincoln, Causey hopes to be returned to Washington, D.C. but he hopes to do so on the coat tails of his soon to be retired boss. Let's look at those coat tails. The 1st District is tired of his boss. And some of the most embarrassing years of Congressman Berry time in office have been his last 10 years while Chad Causey was with him even as his chief of staff.

Young Chad reflects total Berryism. He claims to understand the concerns and problems experienced by Arkansans and pleads for us to send him back to Washington. Causey, then in his statement, picks up the mantra of the Pelosi, Reid, Obama progressive socialists and blames Wall Street for our problems in Arkansas. Chad recollection of Arkansas may be going to school, his family, and his hobbies of fishing, hunting, and football. But based on his work experience for the democrat congressman, he ignored the fact that Big Spending Government and its dictatorial social engineering is responsible for our ills today. Wall Street is not the problem for all of the main streets in Arkansas. However, Big Government is hurting us. And, it is the Democrats who have created the largest finacial deficit and National Debt in history.

Chad Causey may seek to be a "good ol' boy" back home here in Arkansas, but in Washington, D.C., he is part of the problem. He promises to keep listening and to put our needs first. His words ring shallow. Marion Berry noted the "winds of change" and grasped that his days in office were numbered. Berry might even have become tired of being treated as a lap dog for Pelosi and Obama. Now it is time for Berry's staff to find other jobs not paid by the taxpayers.

We definitely do not need this Berry-Lite candidate back in Washington pursuing the retirement and benefits which he watched his boss accrue over the years. The 1st District voters do not need the "chief steward" of the Marion Berry returning to Washington to support Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi's agenda. We wants to "vote the bums" out and that includes Chief of staff Chad Causey!
Tags: 1st Congressional District, AR-01, Arkansas, Candidate for Congress, Chad Causey, liberal, Marion Berry

Saturday, February 13, 2010

AR-01 race makes top 10 list

Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post ranks the race in Arkansas' 1st Congressional District as the 10th most likely to change parties in November.

10. Arkansas' 1st district (D): Rep. Marion Berry's (D) retirement open up this northeastern Arkansas district where President Obama won just 38 percent of the vote in 2008. The two primary fields are still sorting themselves out but the demographics of the seat make it a hard hold for Democrats.

Until Berry's announcement that he won't run again in 2010, Jonesboro businessman Rick Crawford was the only announced candidate seeking the 1st District seat. Berry's decision has encouraged at least one other Republican to explore running and several Democrats.

Princella Smith, former Communications Director for Republican Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao and former spokeswoman for Newt Gingrich's American Solutions, is now interested in the seat being vacated by Berry. Gingrich has thrown his support to Smith, if she decides to run, but her association with Cao may prove damaging.

The Congressman from Louisiana's 2nd District was the only House Republican to vote for the House version of Obamacare last year. Though Smith now states she would not support the government takeover of the health care system, her position in Cao's office had her defending the Congressman's indefensible vote.

Many believe Berry's vote for the House version of the Democrat health care bill was the final nail in the coffin of his political career. Polls have consistently shown approximately 60% of Arkansans opposed the bill, so statements by Smith defending her former boss' vote may not play well with voters in the 1st District.

Rick Crawford has received several key endorsements by Arkansas Republicans including Governor Mike Huckabee, Asa Hutchinson, and Ed Bethune. Crawford officially announced his candidacy in August of last year, long before Berry's decision to call it quits. The US Army veteran from Jonesboro has been steadfastly opposed to Obamacare and has been building a support network in the district for months.

The primary should prove interesting between a Washington, DC insider and a Jonesboro businessman. In 2008, no Republican ran for the 1st District seat and no Republican has occupied this House seat since 1875. So a Republican victory in 2008 will be historic, whichever candidate wins the nomination.

Tags: 1st Congressional District, 1st District, Arkansas, Chris Cillizza, Congress, Princella Smith, Rick Crawford, Washington Post

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Boot Berry Becomes Boot Berryism

When we began Boot Berry, it was to address Booting Marion Berry as 1st District Congressman. After almost a year, we were blessed with the announcement by Marion Berry that he would retire and not be running for re-election.

Since his announced retirement, we have observed 1st District Berry-Like democrats coming forward seeking election to Congress. Unfortunately these Berry-Like candidates would if elected join the House Democratic Caucus and would support the Obama, Reid, Pelosi liberalism in Washington D.C. We know that blue-dogs are no more and only serve as lap dogs for the Democrats.

But this election, "We The People" in the 1st District have the opportunity to send a Conservative Republican to Congress to help break the democrat plantation bondage placed on the citizens of the 1st District. We have the opportunity to help shut down the Obama agenda.

Therefore, we did not shut down Boot berry but have redesigned aspects of the site and have relaunched today as Boot Berryism. We are committed to join readers in taking on and addressing all Berry-like candidates.

As a final note, this site is not part of any GOP campaign for Congress and we are not authorized or paid by any candidate, committee or campaign.  However, we will display Republican Conservatives website info and announcements, positions, etc.  that we feel appropriate.

Welcome to Boot Berryism!
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