- The Washington Times - Monday, July 7, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor is getting some help from mom and dad on the campaign trail.

Mr. Pryor, a Democrat fighting for survival in reliably red Arkansas, announced Monday that his parents — political heavyweights David and Barbara Pryor — will stump for him across the states this week.

“With Sen. Mark Pryor hard at work in Washington, the much-beloved former senator and first lady will travel across the Natural State meeting with voters, firing up grassroots volunteers and emphasizing the important choice Arkansans face in November,” the campaign said in a statement.

The campaign noted the “reservoir of goodwill that exists for the Pryors in communities big and small across Arkansas.”

The elder Mr. Pryor served Arkansas as a Democratic congressman, governor and U.S. senator.

“Arkansans deserve a senator like Mark who listens to them, always looks out for our state and won’t cozy up to the special interests in Washington,” said the former senator. “For Mark, it’s always about what’s best for Arkansas, especially when it comes to protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors and education for our children.”

The younger Mr. Pryor isn’t the first endangered Senate Democrat to tout political lineage during this difficult election year.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, ran a TV ad with her and her father, former New Orleans Mayor Maurice Edwin “Moon” Landrieu, exchanging banter in the living room of his New Orleans home.

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