Rep. Tom Cotton is countering Sen. Mark Pryor’s attempts to paint him as an opponent of disaster relief, accusing the Democratic lawmaker of using the tornado that ripped through central Arkansas this year for political gain.
“The tornado that hit Faulkner County was an awful tragedy, but we are working hard to recover, ” Mr. Shock says in the ad.
“Shame on anyone who uses our tragedy for their own political gain. It is just wrong,” Mr. Shock says. “Senator Pryor start focusing on the real issues, leave our community and tragedy out of your campaign.”
Mr. Pryor and Mr. Cotton are facing off in one of the most watched races of the 2014 election season. The GOP needs to win six seats to flip control of the Senate and Mr. Cotton’s ability to knock off Mr. Pryor is seen as key to that effort.
Mr. Cotton, though, did support other proposals that tied increased spending on disaster relief to spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.