Family nurse practitioner and Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, Celeste Williams launched her campaign’s first television ad buy this week.
Her new TV ad, called "Too Chicken," claims U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, is hiding his record from his constituents.
"In Arkansas, we know chickens ... but we don’t need one in Congress," she tells viewers. "My opponent has had 10 years in Congress to make life better for Arkansans — but he hasn’t. He hasn’t fought for affordable healthcare, he’s voted against making prescription drug prices lower, and he proposed a budget that would have slashed Social Security and Medicare."
Womack’s campaign spokeswoman, Alexia Sikora, offered a rebuttal.
"It’s hard for Congressman Womack to hide his record when he's never missed a vote and holds the record for the longest consecutive voting streak held by any sitting member of the House," Sikora wrote. "The people of the 3rd District know exactly where he stands on issues and what he believes. The last thing Arkansas needs is another reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi and AOC socialists, which is exactly what Celeste Williams – a Medicare-for-All and carbon tax supporting candidate – will be."
Sikora went on to say Womack’s results in Washington show he has secured billions in funding for Arkansas’ COVID-19 response, worked to help Fort Smith address the EPA consent decree and its financial burden on residents, advocated for the Ebbing Air National Guard Base, supported federal investment for the Fort Smith Public Schools’ PEAK Innovation Center, and has addressed budget and appropriations process reform.
"His credentials are clearly unmatched," Sikora wrote.
Williams notes in a news release she has held 25 live conversations via Facebook during which she talks with constituents and answers their questions.
"I’m beholden to the voters of this district, to the families who keep Arkansas running — not giant corporate PAC donors, because, unlike my opponent, I’m not taking one cent of their money," added Williams.
Womack, on the other hand, Williams claimed, has held one phone-in town hall since March.
"He’s too chicken to hold a town hall because he knows you’ll ask why he tried to slash Social Security and Medicare," Williams says.
Sikora defended the congressman, saying Williams’ claim is "disingenuous," and over the course of Womack’s two-year term in the 116th Congress he has been in "constant exchange with residents" of the 3rd District. Since the pandemic hit, he has used virtual conferences and social-distanced, in-person visits to meet with residents, she added.
Womack will be back in the 3rd District next week and has set a campaign ad to be released the week of Oct. 19, Sikora added.