Le­git­i­mate al­ter­na­tives needed

The Sentinel-Record - - VIEWPOINTS -

Dear edi­tor:

First, let me say that I am nei­ther Demo­crat nor Repub­li­can. La­bels are ru­in­ing and di­vid­ing this coun­try. I am an Amer­i­can who feels it is his obli­ga­tion to make in­formed votes each time there is an elec­tion.

So I am very dis­ap­pointed in the Arkansas Demo­cratic Party un­der the lead­er­ship (term used lightly) of Michael Gray, chair of the state party. Ap­par­ently, there may be no can­di­date or only a nom­i­nal run to re­place Sen. Tom Cot­ton, and most likely no can­di­dates lo­cally to un­seat Repub­li­cans in the Arkansas Leg­is­la­ture. I called our lo­cal Demo­crat head­quar­ters (the phone usu­ally just rings and no one picks up, but I fi­nally talked to some­one) and was told there was a can­di­date to op­pose Bruce Wester­man in the 4th Con­gres­sional District, but they didn’t “have the name in front” of them.

That’s pa­thetic. I’m not say­ing I would vote for the man run­ning against Wester­man, but I’m def­i­nitely not go­ing to vote for Wester­man. His record is abysmal.

But I also don’t make ig­no­rant votes. I’m not go­ing to walk into a booth and check the box just be­cause it has the name of a party run­ning against some­one I op­pose. That’s an un­e­d­u­cated vote and there are too many of those al­ready out there.

I re­al­ize the gen­tle­man run­ning against Wester­man doesn’t have the fi­nan­cial where­withal or back­ing from the likes of the Koch brothers or the NRA, but if the Demo­cratic Party in Arkansas has sim­ply hung it up, please let us know, so le­git­i­mate al­ter­na­tives can be ex­plored. Casey Alexan­der Mount Ida

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