Republican Bobby Altes of Fort Smith is a candidate for House District 76 in Fort Smith, a seat being vacated by his father, term-limited Rep. Denny Altes. Bobby Altes describes himself as pro-family. A pile of court and law enforcement documents, detailed here by Blue Hog Report and which I also have in my possession, tell a different story.
I began receiving documents about the far-afield race from people frustrated that local press didn’t seem interested in looking into the divorce, paternity, child support payment problems and domestic battery allegation Altes has piled up. I haven’t been able to get to the story, but Blue Hog did. And his report has had a ripple effect. The City Wire in Fort Smith has followed up on the Blue Hog Report. It was unable to reach Altes for comment in repeated tries. The record includes a report that Altes pulled a gun on an employee at his sanitation company.
But at least one Republican official is looking askance at the revelation. From City Wire:
Sebastian County Republican Party Chairman Rex Terry released a statement and said he was assured by Altes before he announced his run for state representative that “nothing in his past conduct” would be a problem.
“I was disappointed and sorry to learn about the disclosures regarding Bobby Altes, a Republican candidate for House District 76. It is of particular concern to me since when I spoke with him months ago about the possibility of running for office, he assured me there was nothing in his past conduct that if disclosed, would reflect poorly on himself, the people of the district, or the Republican party. That appears not to be the case,” Terry noted. “Leadership descends from character. Personal character is, for me, the most important attribute of anyone who seeks election to political office. The public has a right to know the truth about their candidates, and we should all be thankful for a free press when it exercises its constitutional duty of reporting facts that are of vital importance to an informed electorate.”
Documentation circulating about Altes includes a tape-recording, purportedly by his ex-wife Kimberly, detailing allegations of un-family-like behavior. In the recording, the woman says at one point that Altes told her before they divorced that she was not pretty enough to be a politician’s wife.
Somebody isn’t deserving of being an elected politician. The ample public record alone demonstrates the “pro-family” man should be defeated on ground of sheer hypocrisy alone.
Mat Pitsch is opposing Altes in the primary. There is no Democratic candidate.