A new ad began airing Tuesday in several Arkansas television markets, targeting Senator Mark Pryor for his support of President Obama’s judicial nominees.
In particular, the ad by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network is tying the Democrat, who is up for reelection next year, to the President’s picks to fill out the District of Columbia's Circuit Court of Appeals.
Burgess Everett is a Congressional Reporter for Politico and wrote about the ad. You listen to a discussion with Everett and KUAR's Michael Hibblen above.
In his article, Burgess writes:
Battles over judicial nominees rarely resonate outside Washington. But the commercial focuses solely on Obama’s attempt this year to fill three vacancies on the important court that arbitrates disputes between the private sector and government agencies — many of which are viewed with deep suspicion in red Arkansas. Pryor is girding for a difficult reelection challenge against Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a state that’s steadily became more conservative in recent years.
“Mark Pryor voted for every one of Obama’s liberal activist judges. Every single one. Now Pryor is helping Obama pack a key court with new liberal judges who will review the EPA, the IRS and agencies Obama is using to push his unconstitutional job-killing agenda,” the ad says as the names of judges Pryor has supported scroll past the screen. “When Mark Pryor rubber-stamps Obama’s liberal judges, it hurts Arkansas. Enough is enough. Tell Mark Pryor to go work for Arkansas, not Obama.”
Pryor’s campaign pushed back by noting that Pryor’s support for dozens of George W. Bush’s judicial nominees and declaring the Judicial Crisis Network one of Cotton’s “special interest pals.” “Another day, another false attack from Tom Cotton’s Washington special interest pals trying to smear Mark Pryor because he looks after Arkansans,” said Pryor campaign spokesman Erik Dory.
You can view the full 30 second ad below.