The Arkansas Republican Party clearly hopes, by Chairman Doyle Webb’s warm words toward him, that incumbent Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard will be re-elected by Jonesboro voters despite worldwide attention to his apologia for slavery, his hateful treatment of immigrants and other extreme views.
There is thoughtful opposition, such as from veteran newsman Roy Ockert, who writes a column for the Jonesboro Sun. I”ve made it clear before that, even though we do endorsements here, I’m acutely aware of the limited influence they carry. I do think, though, that a respected voice in a local community on an intensely local race can have an impact. I certainly hope that’s the case with Ockert’s piece. He writes:
State representative, District 58 — Harold Copenhaver. He’ll be a strong voice for Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas, which is needed. The incumbent, Jon Hubbard, has embarrassed us while pushing his own weird ideas instead of representing his district.
I note that Ockert also endorsed Democratic Prosecutor Scott Ellington over Rep. Rick Crawford, the Republican incjmbent, for the 1st District congressional seat. He noted that Crawford refused to participate in a statewide debate with Ellington, whom Ockert said had done a good job as prosecutor.