Each year, Family Council of Arkansas – a socially conservative group – sends out a survey to candidates. The questions are on a wide range of topics, but focus largely on issues that social conservatives would be interested in such as abortion, same sex marriage, school vouchers as well as other more general conservative issues including taxation and health care reform.
The survey gives candidates a chance to let voters know where they stand on the issues. It is exactly a good opportunity for Democrats who claim to be conservative Democrats to go on the record with their conservative positions.
However, this year Democratic candidates appear to be listening to the foolish advice of their political consultants who feel it is better to simply ignore the surveys.
Let me explain why this is foolish.
Historically, many voters in Arkansas that have voted for Democrats on the state level while voting Republican on the national level. If Democratic candidates in Arkansas want to have a chance of winning this year, they need this trend to continue.
So why do these voters split the ticket? A big reason is due to the belief that these state Democratic candidates are really conservatives and are not like the national Democratic Party which has steadily drifted further and further to the left.
If Democratic candidates don’t fill out the voter guide, voters will assume that they have positions that are not conservative. Sure, they could call the candidate up and ask them their position on each issue but that is not actually going to happen and it is rather arrogant of the candidate to expect the voter to do that instead of simply answering the questions.
If Democratic candidates are wise, they will ignore the well meaning but liberal-blinded advice from their consultants and simply tell voters where they stand.
You can find out if candidates in your district filled out the voter guide at ArkansasVotersguide.com .
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