New Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Says GOP Redistributing Cards Helping His Cause
Arkansas New Democratic Party Chairman Grant Tennille said he believes Republicans are out of step with the Arkansas majority and expects electoral, financial and messaging success from recent movements GOP policies to the state legislature.
Tennille, a guest on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, was elected party chairman a week ago. He said the past week saw a resurgence in fundraising, opportunities for legislative gains and encouragement from party supporters across the state.
“I think because of the rise of President Trump and his supporters, some people feel incredibly emboldened and empowered to push unilaterally and harder than they’ve ever done before,” Tennille said. “Here’s zero interest, as we’ve seen this time around, working towards the middle and trying to find consensus and pass legislation that helps all the Arkansans. I think these cards are a great example of that. They are illegal at first glance. I think the courts will have something to say about them. I think they put politics and the party above the people. And I think in the end, they do. will pay the price. I woke up this morning feeling better than a long time ago because I think there are now four to six seats in central Arkansas on the line. “
He said the Democratic Party would play some role in challenging the congressional redistribution cards that the state legislature, made up of GOPs, passed to Governor Asa Hutchinson for signature. The most controversial aspect of the new congressional districts divides the Democratic stronghold of Pulaski County into three different districts.
“I think the strategy behind this [a court challenge] is still being developed, but we are certainly participating in the conversation about how this strategy is being developed and we will play whatever role we need to play to make this litigation a success, ”he said. declared Tennille.
He intends to work on conveying a message from the state Democratic Party that he says will resonate with voters in Arkansas.
“I think we need to start communicating with the Arkansans again about who we are and what we stand for,” he said. “I believe we’ve seen over the past 18 months… a Republican Party that is woefully out of step with what the vast majority of the Arkansans want. They represent a small, but incredibly vocal, minority of people who believe in things like avoiding getting vaccinated, not allowing children to wear masks in schools for their own protection. “
“I think the danger for the Republican Party is that there is, and always has been, a milieu in Arkansas that maybe doesn’t vote as regularly as we would like. And I think at some point here pretty quickly these people are going to wake up and they are going to have something to say, ”Tennille added.
Arkansas GOP President Jonelle Fulmer was invited to appear on this week’s TV show in a joint appearance with Tennille; however, a scheduling conflict prevented her from participating. She has been invited to appear in the near future.
You can watch Tennille’s full interview in the video below.