Cabin Window: Faulkner County doesn't need to be used for political gain

We have news that will shock you. We hate political television ads. Alright, maybe it’s not that shocking.


We are big fans of political advertising in our newspaper, obviously, but aside from the benefit to us, those ads tend to highlight a particular candidate’s attributes and qualifications for the job. For the most part, they do what we all would like political advertising to do: they promote the candidate in the most positive spotlight possible.

Those on television lately, however, have been one sling and arrow thrown after another that don’t necessarily promote one candidate so much as tear the other one apart. It makes one want to spend the majority of time on Netflix, where there are no commercials and one can binge-watch “Scandal,” or “House of Cards,” which might not be too far off what Washington D.C. would be like, if we are to believe these ads.

But worse than the general tone of the commercials is the fact that Faulkner County has been dragged into the fight. It’s not something we ever asked to be a part of, but now the events in April have led to the political ads of July.

In the hotly contested U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, the effects of the tornado that swept through Vilonia, Mayflower and other parts of the county are the center of mudslinging over who “cares more” about the good people here at home.

Pryor’s campaign is asserting that Cotton has voted against federal aid for disaster relief more than any other elected representative in the state. rates that statement as “half-true,” noting the times Cotton voted for federal aid in early versions of bills that did not make it to final passage.

Cotton has returned the volley using a local face claiming he has been with Faulkner County “the entire time.” Cotton’s ad and the voice coming from it blames Pryor for politicizing the tragedy, while doing their best to politicize the tragedy.

What really matters is what both of these elected officials are doing to help the people who are still reeling from the aftermath, whether it be in monetary aid or hands-on help. Pointing fingers at one another and expecting us to care isn’t helping anyone at all.

And to the person who was elected to his position in May, please spend your time doing the job you were elected to do instead of appearing in commercials claiming to speak for the entire county.

(The Editorial Board consists of Publisher Zach Ahrens, Editor Ricky Duke and Reporter Joe Lamb)

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