Congressman John Boozman Is No Shoo-In for US Senate


Headlines in the largest paper in the state, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette read On March 15, 2010

Rep. Boozman tops list of well-traveled in state delegation

Republican visited 14 nations in 2009


The media has already started, as I presumed they would, their drum beat on Republican Congressman John Boozman.  I knew they would pick out every item they could find in his record and actions and publish it over and over.  And as we seem to find in most instances, even with the Republicans, there are a number of areas that inflame conservatives when they discover the truth about the actions and votes of their representatives in Congress. Discovering the truth hurts conservative legislators so much because conservatives really care about ethics, honesty, wasteful spending, and freedom and hold their representative accountable.  On the other hand, many Democrats dismiss almost anything as long as their Democratic legislators will push through their agenda for them and will keep doling out their benefits to them.


The conservative and liberal blogs have picked up this Boozman  story with more derogatory language than the article in the paper with topics like this:  " Boozman on the teat" and including such remarks as, " Globe-trotting U.S. Rep. John Boozman can find a way for taxpayers to send him and his wife to Germany with $900-a-day unitemized pocket money,"  A conservative blog reports, "Lincoln actually looks less corrupt than Boozman when one looks at issues like lavish spending on junkets. 'Boozman travels the globe at your expense while Arkansans are hurting.' How's that gonna resonate with the swing voters?"


And since Boozman is a Republican, this news story and other things the media bring to light just won't go away.  Every aspect of his career and personal life will be inspected and broadcast throughout the papers and blogs again and again in the state. Watch for the media getting around to Boozman's long list of  earmarks soon.  And unfortunately on the state level, we have little or no conservative media, like Fox at the national level, to give the other side of the story.


As most of you know,  I am not supporting Boozman in this race,  and I do believe people have the right to know the truth about our candidates.  But it really provokes me when I see the games the Democrats and media play in trying to destroy anyone who has the least bit of conservative bent and influence.  We should all be on the watch for their tactics and not be sucked into their trap of seeing only one side.  There are far, far more negative things that the Democrat Congressmen have done than what Boozman has done; and we need to keep focused on those things even when we are deeply disappointed in our conservative leaders.


I think this issue should be a lesson for all those who are supporting Boozman or another candidate because they think he has the best chance of winning.  Since Boozman has a nine year record in Washington D.C., there will be a lot more to scrutinize than with the other Republican candidates running for US. Senate.  Many conservatives are very angry with Boozman  because he voted for the TARP bailout,  the socialistic prescription drug plan, and supports  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that gives government control over all our schools.  


The Rasmussen poll is also another indicator that Boozman could be one of  the easiest candidates for the Democrats to beat in the US Senate race.  A recent Rasmussen survey finds that 63% of likely voters believe, generally speaking, that it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.  In another recent Rasmussen poll, seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party's representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years.   


Isn't it time that conservatives begin to vote for the person they know will vote their values, be that Boozman or another candidate, rather than the candidate who they think has the best chance of winning or who can raise the most money?  In the long run that may be the very  best way of winning the battle in this 2010 campaign; and if not the battle, it is surely the way to win the war. Even if we should  win the battle in 2010 by supporting a less conservative candidate, we will lose the war, just as we have been losing the war ever since Reagan's presidency.  If we don't get truly conservative candidates in Congress this year that we know will stand and take the heat, we may not ever have another chance to turn our country back to freedom and conservative principles.  


Debbie Pelley


Links:  Link to AR Democrat Gazette "Boozman tops list of well-traveled in state delegation."  Arkansas Times Blog on Boozman $900 a day unitemized pocket money  Conservative blog "Arkansas Traveller (Boozman Junkets)"


Rasmussen polls: 74% of GOP voters say their GOP leaders have lost touch with them.  63% say incumbents should be defeated.