Posted 8/5/2013 01:09 pm
Updated 12 months ago
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Democrats welcomed Tom Cotton to the Senate race Monday on the eve of his expected entry with a website blasting the freshman Republican lawmaker as "reckless" for his votes on disaster relief, student loans and other issues.
The Democratic Party of Arkansas launched the site www.meettomcotton.com , which targets the Republican congressman. Cotton is expected to announce Tuesday that he's running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year.
"After just seven months on the job, Tom Cotton is quitting on his constituents to pursue his blind ambition for higher office," the site says. "He leaves behind a record that can only be described as reckless and irresponsible."
The site criticizes Cotton's votes against an initial version of the farm bill, a student loan measure approved by the House last week and Hurricane Sandy relief earlier this year. Cotton is a former management consultant who served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was elected in November to represent Arkansas' 4th District, which covers the southern and western portions of the state.
"These false attacks may keep Washington liberals like Mark Pryor entertained, but they don't do a single thing to alleviate the job losses brought on by Pryor's votes for Obamacare, the failed stimulus, and new taxes he has burdened Arkansas' economy with," said David Ray, a spokesman for the party.
Pryor, who was first elected in 2002, is widely viewed by Republicans as the most vulnerable Senate incumbent on the ballot next year. Groups on the right and left have already been airing television ads across the state targeting Pryor, who won re-election in 2008 without a Republican opponent.
Pryor has also gone on the offensive against Cotton, accusing the Republican lawmaker last week of alienating Arkansans since taking office in January.
State Republicans called the site a sign of desperation on the part of Pryor, who they criticized for supporting the federal health care overhaul.
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