Jim Holt Introduction
Given at the 2nd Amendment Meeting January 14, 2010
It is a real honor to introduce former Senate Jim Holt tonight as a candidate for the US Senate. I, personally, am a very strong supporter of Jim Holt, to say the least because I don't have to support Holt based on campaign promises or on what I hope he will do once elected. I can support Holt based on his actual voting record and actions in the past.
I spent many, many days at the Capitol during the most expensive legislative session in history, when about $3.2 billion dollars were added to our tax burden and much of our local control was destroyed.
I was appalled that many Republican legislators voted for all those taxes and government control but watched in awe as Jim Holt actually broke with his own party and voted against all those taxes, sometimes being the only senator to do so. He took a lot of heat for those votes, but that just taught us that Holt can take the heat and keep his principles. Jim Holt was the Tea Party candidate before there was a Tea Party.
Not only does Holt have a 100% solid conservative voting record; but while many other legislators were hunkering down to avoid negative media coverage, he championed and fought for the issues that most concern conservatives and kept fighting and kept fighting despite negative media attacks.
I have also found Jim Holt to be one of the most spiritual, courageous, principled, sacrificial, men I know. And in a way that one rarely finds in a couple, his wife equals him in those characteristics. And those who know his family, will tell you their children reflect those qualities as well.
This has been a busy decade for Jim Holt and his family. He was elected to the House in 2000, then to the senate in 2002. In 2004 he ran against Senator Lincoln and won every county in the state in a 3-way race in the Republican primary. Then in November he won 44% of the vote with approximately $150,000 to Lincolnís $6.3 million and shocked the media. who had predicted he would pull only about 30%.
In 2006 he ran for Lt. Governor and surprised the entire state by winning the Republican primary in a 3 way race with 57% of the vote without a run-off with only 17% of the money spent by the three candidates. In November, he won more votes than any Republican running for state office, including the Republican nominee for Governor, who was very well funded, with about $4.5 million compared to Holt's $200 thousand.
If you've never been closely involved in a campaign, you have no idea how much time, energy, and stress is involved, even in one campaign. Jim Holt has run four campaigns in six years, two of them statewide races. And he is still willing to do it again, not for personal gain, but sacrificially to help save our country.
I believe Jim Holt is the candidate for such a time as this, and with a little more financial support he can finish what he started in 2004 and be our next US Senator.
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401