CLARKE TUCKER: Targeting opponent today. BRIAN CHILSON

Democrat Clarke Tucker,who’s been blistered by a torrent of ads linking him (inaccurately) to Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is going to go after Republican Rep. French Hill today on a legitimate issue.


Tucker has been talking health care from the beginning, but today he’s going to focus at a 1 2:15 p.m. news conference on Hill’s support in the House for legislation that would have ended the Affordable Care Act and, with it, required insurance coverage for pre-existing health conditions. Perhaps while he’s at it he will mention that ending this coverage would be the result of a lawsuit Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is pressing in Texas. It would also end coverage of adult children, legalize gender rate differential and ditch numerous other aspects of a law that is now popular with a majority of Americans (not including French HIll.)

Tucker has been pursuing a positive message about himself to date. It’s about time for some differentiation. Perhaps not to respond to the tool-of-Pelosi attack with a tool-of-Trump attack, but Hills’ record is full of votes contrary to the public good. Time to talk.



At a press conference Wednesday, Tucker, along with three of Congressman Hill’s constituents with pre-existing conditions, told stories of their battles with illness and said that if Congressman Hill had his way, they wouldn’t be able to afford health care coverage today.

“We are here to set the record straight on health care — my opponent voted to allow insurance companies to charge exorbitant rates for people like us and one million Arkansans across this state,” Tucker said alongside three others with pre-existing conditions. “Having access to quality, affordable healthcare is not political, it is personal—for us, and for every family who has a relative with a pre-existing condition. If Congressman Hill and his allies go back to Washington, our future is uncertain. This is too important to let that happen.”

Also speaking at the press conference was healthcare advocate Matt DeCample who is battling liver cancer, Rebecca Tenille, a breast cancer survivor, and Marilyn Foy, a pancreatic cancer survivor. Foy is on Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion program and wouldn’t have been able to afford healthcare costs associated with her cancer treatment without it.

Without Medicaid expansion, I don’t know what I would have done,” Foy, a 53-year-old pancreatic cancer survivor said. “I support Clarke because he fought to protect health care for me in Arkansas, and I know he will stand up for me in Congress.”

I’ve asked the Hill campaign to respond. They typically don’t.