Monday, August 12, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr Announces for United States Congress

Lt. Gov Mark Darr
ARRA News Service - Lt. Governor Mark Darr officially joined the race for United States Congress Monday evening.  Darr will be running for the  fourth congressional district, a seat that will be open as incumbent Congressman Tom Cotton runs for United States Senate.  The open seat is expected to draw at least one other candidate, State Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) for the Republican nomination. Democrat Janis Percefull of Hot Springs has already announced.

In 2010, Mark Darr, a small business won the hearts of conservatives as he campaigned in what was expected to be a race against the Democrat Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.  Halter unexpectedly opted not to run for Lt. Gov. and instead ran for U.S. Senate losing to then U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. Mark Darr then defeated Democrat State Senator Shane Broadway to become Arkansas Lt Governor as the youngest Republican to win a statewide race in Arkansas.

Today, at a rally outside of his hometown of Mansfield, Arkansas, Darr said his priorities would be working to end congressional gridlock, bringing more transparency to the political process, and putting an end to out of control federal spending.

Darr called the recent revelations of the IRS targeting people opposed to the President and the possible National Security spying on Americans a “disgrace and total abuse of power by President Obama.”

“Congress seems set on petty bickering rather than addressing unemployment and tax reform” said Darr.  “It’s time for new leadership.  It’s time to put Arkansans back to work.”

“Tonight we start a campaign to change Washington,” said Darr.  “The establishment that is D.C. has forgotten about people like us.  They have forgotten what normal looks like.  Together we will change that.  If you elect me to Congress, I will not forget my roots or the struggles facing Arkansans every day.”

Darr reminded the audience he was the only state elected official to challenge Obamacare.  He said he will work to repeal what he called “the train wreck of a law that will not only in debt our grand kids, but will end healthcare in America as we know it.”

“We brought Open Checkbook and more transparency to our state government.  We went around the political establishment and signed a law protecting Second Amendment supporters,” continued Darr.  “We have been successful and now it’s time to take our conservative values and winning team to Washington.”

Darr’s family joined him on stage, with his children leading the Pledge of Allegiance and his wife Kim standing by his side during his speech.  The family plans to hit the campaign trail immediately with stops around the district.

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