Republican Sen. Terry Rice of Waldron has responded to the article about Sen. Linda Chesterfield’s complaint about racism in the 4th Congressional District caucus’ determination to move over two Black Democratic senators, herself and Stephanie Flowers, for seats on the Legislative Council regardless of their better seniority. Briefly: It was simply partisanship, not race at work.
Whereas I observe Arkansas Instances for a range of view factors I’m not naive sufficient to anticipate an unslanted story. In regards to the Sen. Chesterfield article, I’m a member of the AR Senate 4th District Caucus together with being the ALC Senate Chair for the 93rd Meeting and designee ALC Senate Chair for the 94th Meeting. The variety of Republicans within the Senate has elevated, Democrats have decreased. No matter seniority, caucus members by rule choose ALC members. To anticipate R’s to surrender their spot to D’s isn’t truthful when Democrats are allowed by rule to choose a Minority Chief & Whip which routinely serve on ALC. The 94th Meeting Senate ALC will embody no less than half of the Senate Democrats, Leding, Chesterfield & Murdoch. Senator Chesterfield is a valued ALC member with glorious attendance, data and engagement. I used to be disillusioned in her assertion to the Senate. I worth her continued service to the essential ALC committee.
Senator Terry Rice
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