The Club for Growth is encouraging all lawmakers, candidates, and citizens to pledge to work to repeal President Obama's government takeover of the US health care system signed into law today. Only one candidate for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District has signed the pledge to Repeal It.
Two Republicans have filed for the race to fill Marion Berry's seat, but only one has signed the pledge. Rick Crawford, a Jonesboro veteran and small businessman, signed the pledge on January 20. Princella Smith, his primary opponent and former spokeswoman for Newt Gingrich's American Solutions and Louisiana Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, announced her candidacy a month later on February 20, but has not yet signed the pledge.
Because she entered the race late, we asked Ms. Smith's campaign (via email and Facebook) if she planned to sign the pledge. As of this writing, we haven't received a response to our requests. However, we will update this article once her campaign replies.
It's interesting to note that not one of the three Democrats who filed to replace Berry have signed the pledge.
Berry's Chief-of-Staff Chad Causey hasn't signed, but that really shouldn't surprise anyone. Berry voted for the House version of the government takeover of the health care system last November, before he voted against the final bill last weekend. The Congressman claimed he was undecided until late Sunday and some speculate his no vote was cast only to help Causey's effort to succeed him.
Hailed by many as the conservative Democrat in this race, Tim Wooldridge doesn't appear conservative enough to challenge the powerful liberal elites in his party on this issue. Wooldridge hasn't signed the pledge, and searches of Google and his Facebook group yield no comments on the passing of the Democrats' government takeover of our health care system.
The third Democrat seeking Berry's seat, State Senator Steve Bryles hasn't signed the pledge either. Though he's been quoted saying voters in the 1st District "have told me they want affordable health care, not government mandates,” he apparently doesn't want to buck the powerful Pelosi-Obama duo and vow to support the repeal of the new law so unpopular with his would-be constituents.
The following table shows all candidates for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District who have signed the pledge, and those who haven't:
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