LITTLE ROCK — The National Republican Senatorial Committee 0n Tuesday launched a new website targeting U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, the only remaining Democrat in Arkansas’ congressional delegation.
The site calls Pryor a key supporter of President Obama’s federal health care overhaul and claims he “joined President Obama to bail out the big banks on Wall Street, ignoring Main Street, Arkansas.”
In fact, Republican George W. Bush was president when Congress passed, at Bush’s urging, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, also known as the federal bank bailout. Obama was then a senator.
“For Mark Pryor, Barack Obama will always come first,” the website states.
Pryor’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said Tuesday, “This is nothing more than recycled misinformation from (U.S. Rep) Tom Cotton’s Washington, D.C., cronies trying to influence Arkansans by distorting Sen. Pryor’s long record of putting Arkansas first. Tom Cotton’s irresponsible votes to gut Medicare, student loans and the Farm Bill are indefensible, and Arkansans deserve better.”
The campaign also noted that supporters of TARP included NRSC Chairman and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.
Cotton, R-Dardanelle, is seeking to challenge Pryor in 2014. The Democratic Party of Arkansas launched an anti-Cotton website earlier this month.
Pryor drew no Republican opponent when he ran for a second Senate term in 2008 but is seen by Republicans as vulnerable in his bid for a third term.