AR-Sen: Lincoln Continues To Make Bizarre Campaign Decisions

So, let me get this straight…

Blanche Lincoln was comfortably ahead by double digits about a month ago.  Rather than run ads promoting herself and acting like Bill Halter didn’t exist, she chose to go negative, and her poll numbers have take a predictable hit.  (Note to front-running candidates: negative only works if (a) it’s done creatively and (b) you are trailing, not leading.)

Then, despite being one of the most visible Senators who worked to strip the public option from HCR and who voted against the reconciliation bill, she chooses to try and spin her one “yes” vote for the original Senate bill into “standing with President Obama.”  Worse, she targets primarily African-American communities, almost as if she assumed that those voters would be swayed by a pro-Obama commercial rather than by the mountain of evidence to the contrary. …

AR-02: If Sarcasm Were Money, Kennedy Would Lead All Fundraisers

Blake Rutherford reports that John Adams raised $50,000 in the first quarter, but suggests (rightly, in my opinion) that the sum is probably good for only fourth place behind Robbie Wills, Joyce Elliott, and David Boling, in that order.

What about Patrick Kennedy, you ask?  It seems he has decided to supplant “Progress, Not Politics” with “Sarcasm, Not Substance.”

Patrick Kennedy, the youngest person in the race, was snarky when I asked him to comment about his fundraising.…

AR-02: Elliott Endorsed by LR Fire Fighters

Little Rock Firefighters Association today endorsed Joyce Elliott.

Joyce has been one of the real heroes in state legislature for working families, said [LRFA President Richard] Morehead.  As our Congresswoman, I know Joyce will be a tireless advocate for our fire fighters, first responders and all the workers of Arkansas.…

AR-02: More On Social Media In Campaigns

Yesterday, I mentioned the seeming lack of understanding by Arkansas candidates on how to implement a coherent social media strategy.  As luck would have it, Patrick Kennedy posted a Facebook note touching (somewhat) on this issue yesterday as well.

Sadly, even the guy who was featured in CNN regarding his usage of Foursquare and the like misses the forest for the trees (or whatever the online equivalent of that cliche is).…

AR-Sen: Halter Raises More Than $2M in 31 Days

Following last night’s deadline for first-quarter financial reporting, Carol Butler, campaign manager for Bill Halter, said that the candidate had raised over $2M since announcing that he would seek Blanche Lincoln’s Senate seat.

Obviously, given the monetary lead Lincoln had as of the last reporting deadline (nearly $5M in the bank), it was important for Halter to put up a big number here, which he definitely did. …

AR Dept. of Health receives $400K grant

Senators Lincoln and Pryor and Congressmen Ross, Snyder, and Berry issued a joint announcement yesterday that the Arkansas Department of Health will receive a $400K grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand its capacity to deliver the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.  This money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and it will allow the Department of Health to include an additional 500 people in the program. …

AR-02: Kennedy Embracing Social Media Technologies

CNN Political Ticker has a piece on AR-02 candidate Patrick Kennedy, branding him “an example of the next generation of political candidates” due to Kennedy’s use of foursquare and other social media.

Says Kennedy:

I have always been attracted to new, budding technologies. […] I do not have any personal finances so [I] have to be more creative in outreach to communities and constituencies. …