Baker challenge remarkable
State Senate Republican Gilbert Baker’s entry into Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race today was a remarkable development in Washington.
Dueling Senate campaign fundraising committees rushed out scathing remarks against the other party’s candidate as if the 2010 general election, more than a year away, was already set.
Spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson of the National Republican Senatorial Committee had this to say about Lincoln:
“Today’s announcement by Gilbert Baker is another indication that Blanche Lincoln is facing an uphill battle in her quest for re-election in 2010.
“The growing field of Republican and Democrat challengers in Arkansas demonstrates Lincoln’s vulnerability, thanks in great part to her record in support of the Obama tax and spend agenda, including the massive stimulus bill, pork-laden omnibus and bloated budget.
“Lincoln has failed to lead on critical issues such as health care and card check, and has instead resisted taking positions entirely in order to preserve has own political future. As her sagging poll numbers indicate, Blanche Lincoln has lost touch with the people of Arkansas, and she will be forced to answer for her record next November.”
And this from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee:
“Gilbert Baker joins a crowded cast of characters better suited for a sitcom than for elected office.
“As Baker’s record comes under close examination, the people of Arkansas will find a Little Rock insider who repeatedly puts his own self-interest above those he has pledged to serve.
“He has never met a pork project he doesn’t like and will have to answer for his endless spending in Little Rock.”
Baker is among a half-dozen Republicans who have announced plans to seek the GOP nomination to challenge Lincoln next year.
Lincoln, a two-term U.S. Senate incumbent, could face a Democratic primary challenge from current state Senate President Pro Tem Bob Johnson of Bigelow.
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