Arkansas Democrats, There Is An Alternative To Electing Another Blue Dog As Governor
Two years ago, Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross left the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrats around the country breathed a huge sigh of relief. Ross had been leading the Blue Dog Democrats, a group of politicians who embraced Republican right wing policies while adopting the name of “Democrat” for the sake of political convenience. Mike Ross helped put the Democratic Party in the terrible spot it’s in today, with its progressive political base so alienated after years of Center Right posturing that Democratic turnout is projected to be astonishingly low in this year’s congressional elections.
Why, Democratic voters are asking themselves, should I bother to turn out to vote when the Democratic Party is putting forth candidates who are almost as far to the Right as the Republicans?
Staying home may be a valid option for some, but for many, there is another choice. When the Democratic candidate is intolerable, sometimes there’s a Green Party alternative.
That’s the case in the race for the Governor’s seat in Arkansas, where right wing Blue Dog Mike Ross is running against right wing Republican Asa Hutchinson. Both Ross and Hutchinson are terrible choices. Luckily, the Arkansas Green Party is running Josh Drake as a genuine liberal candidate for Governor.
Mike Ross voted to cut Medicare funding in order to fund wasteful corporate military contracts. Ross voted with Republicans to block nuclear non-proliferation legislation. Ross spent his time in Congress supporting heavy handed resolutions to try to impose religious theocracy onto the population, instead of working on legislation to help create jobs for Americans. Instead of standing up for the constitutional right to privacy against unreasonable search and seizure, Mike Ross voted to approve renewals of the Patriot Act’s electronic surveillance regime. Instead of helping working Americans, Mike Ross voted for tax breaks for the rich.
Josh Drake openly aligns himself with the economic interests of the 99 Percent, rather than the 1 Percent elites. Rather than pushing the agenda of Big Oil, Josh Drake supports a genuine transition to renewable energy. Rather than special favors for big corporations and wealthy families, Josh Drake supports a progressive approach to taxation that asks those who have profited from the systems put in place by American government to pay their share.
Mike Ross was a disaster in the U.S. Congress. The last thing Arkansas needs is to see his right wing ideology in control of state government. Given Mike Ross’s long history of collaboration with the Republican Party, the reasonable choice on Election Day for progressive residents of Arkansas is Josh Drake.