A day after a televised debate and a round of new polling, First District Congressional hopefuls Chad Causey and Rick Crawford exchanged more fireworks.
Causey, the Democratic nominee, accused GOP front-runner Crawford of a financial lack of discipline. He cited Crawford’s personal bankruptcy and recently filed FEC reports that show a myriad of amendments and alleged irregularities.
"Rick Crawford has continued to point to his successful business and campaign as how he learned from his bankruptcy. As he has yet to clear up the many lingering questions surrounding his bankruptcy, a closer look at his campaign finances brings up more questions that need to be immediately addressed," said Causey Deputy Campaign Director Candace Martin.
Causey’s campaign noted five instances of FEC discrepancies, including an alleged overdue loan, contributor amounts in excess of a $2,400 limit, and missing information from federal campaign disclosure reports.
"If Rick Crawford can’t keep his personal finances or campaign finances in order, how can we expect him to fix our nations financial problems?” Martin said.
Crawford’s campaign shot back, although they didn’t address the specific charges leveled by Causey.
"Again, Chad Causey sinks to a whole new level of hypocrisy. He held a fundraiser with a convicted murder and has taken tens-of-thousands of dollars in questionable contributions from labor unions," said Crawford campaign spokesman Ted Prill.
"It’s just sad that he has to cling to lies and myths to keep his campaign afloat. His personal attacks may be how they do it in Washington under Nancy Pelosi, but the folks in Arkansas are desperate to get away from the failed leadership he has worked for the last 10 years," he added.
In a debate on Tuesday night, which you can access here, the two Congressional contenders stuck to their scripts. Crawford emphasized the need to repeal "Obamacare," the derogatory moniker assigned to the federal health care overhaul.
Causey accused Crawford of flip-flopping his positions on a fair tax proposal and the privatization of Social Security.
Recently, we told you that CSPAN was in Arkansas profiling this race. You can watch that video below. And, view interviews with Crawford and Causey from this week’s edition of Talk Business on our YouTube Channel.