Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Obama-Eldridge Federal Land Grab

by J. Isaac Foley, Political Director, RPA: In June, the EPA issued a massive federal land grab, or “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Thirty-one states, including Arkansas, filed lawsuits against this rule and Senator Boozman voted yesterday to halt the burdensome regulation.

This overreach allows the EPA to regulate nearly all bodies of water including wastewater management systems, ponds, ditches, agriculture water, and even storm water. These new regulations would expose farmers, homeowners, and businesses across the nation to significant compliance costs and fines.

As Senator Boozman fights the latest government overreach against President Obama’s EPA, Conner Eldridge remains silent on this federal land grab, and for good reason. Eldridge, a President Obama appointee, is hesitant to speak out against the Washington leadership that backs his political ambitions.

And, as we saw from Eldridge’s tweets surrounding his campaign announcement, he can’t afford to anger any of his Washington supporters. As the campaign wears on Eldridge will be counting on Democratic leadership to bankroll his efforts…after all, he only has a handful of supporters in Arkansas.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb said, “This is yet another example of Senator Boozman, our senior statesman, voting the values of the people he represents and push back against President Obama's regulatory agenda. While Mr. Eldridge was trying to gain attention across the state by tweeting pictures with modest crowds, Senator Boozman was standing up for the rights of Arkansans.”

President Obama Nominated Eldridge As U.S. Attorney In September 2010. “President Barack Obama nominated William Conner Eldridge Jr., a bank president and prosecutor, to serve as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, in an announcement sent out Wednesday afternoon. Eldridge, chief executive officer of Summit Bank, is also a special deputy prosecutor for the prosecuting attorney's office of Clark County. Arkansas' two Democratic Senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, recommended the Arkadelphia resident to Obama in May 2009.” (Alex Daniels, “Obama Gives Nod To Arkadelphian For U.S. Attorney,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/30/10)

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