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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov. Huckabee, Sen. Boozman, Rep. Cotton, Rep. Griffin & Rep. Womack hold “Freedom Rally” for French Hill in Conway Monday

October 23, 2014

Little Rock, Ark. — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will headline a “Freedom Rally for French Hill” in Conway on Monday, October 27, with special guests Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04), Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02), Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03) and Leslie Rutledge, candidate for Arkansas Attorney General.

Members of the press who wish to cover the press conference should contact Jack Sisson at (501) 837-8683 or by emailing jack@electfrench.com

WHO: Former Governor Mike Huckabee, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin & Steve Womack and Leslie Rutledge
WHAT: Freedom Rally for French Hill
WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014 — 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
WHERE: Simon Park (Front & Main Streets) Conway, AR

Note: Mult box will not be available.


About French Hill:

French Hill is a businessman, civic leader and ninth generation Arkansan. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp., a community bank headquartered in Little Rock. In his previous roles, French served as senior policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush in the White House and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

French is also the former chairman of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, former board member of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock. He and his wife Martha reside in Little Rock with their two children. For more information about French’s campaign, visit www.electfrench.com.

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French Hill launches contrast ad “Choice”, internal poll shows Hill with 5 point lead

October 20, 2014

Little Rock, Ark. — Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, released a final contrast TV ad today. “Choice” will air district-wide on broadcast and cable television beginning Monday, October 20. This comes on the heels of an internal poll from last week showing Hill leading Patrick Henry Hays by five percent. On Wednesday, Hill posted a record-setting $575,379 fundraising quarter. Hill finished the quarter with a $152,000 cash-on-hand advantage over his opponent. Early voting begins today.

“While my opponent is a career politician who will side with President Obama in Congress, I am a job creator who will get our economy growing again. With two weeks to go until Election Day, we have the message and momentum to win,” said Hill. “If elected, I will stand up to President Obama and shift power back to state and local governments.”

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“Choice” TV Ad

October 20, 2014

French Hill beats Pat Hays in Q3 fundraising. New poll: Hill leads by 5 points

October 15, 2014

Hill raises $575,000, has strong cash-on-hand advantage

Little Rock, Ark. — Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, posted a record-setting $575,379 and maintains $506,503 cash-on-hand at the end of the third fundraising quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records posted today. He currently has more than a $152,000 cash-on-hand advantage than his opponent, Patrick Henry Hays. Hays raised $401,034 for the quarter and currently has $354,000 on-hand.

An internal poll from last weekend shows French Hill leading Hays by five percent. Among Independents, Hill leads by 12 percent. Hays’ dishonest attacks on Hill have backfired, and Hays’ unfavorable rating is now higher than at any other point in the campaign.

“My common sense, pro-growth message is resonating with voters across the state, and I am very excited with our campaign’s momentum,” said French Hill. “It’s no wonder why out-of-state unions and liberal special interest groups are bankrolling my opponents’ campaign—he’s a big government, career politician who has fought for President Obama’s liberal agenda.”

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French Hill’s 2nd debate performance solidifies momentum and path to victory

October 13, 2014

Comes on heels of record $578,000 fundraising quarter, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Chamber of Commerce and NRA endorsements

Little Rock, Ark. — Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, earned his second debate victory at this morning’s AETN debate, which airs this evening at 7:00 p.m. central. His performance comes on the heels of a record-setting $578,000 fundraising quarter and critical endorsements from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette editorial staff, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association.

“For 30 years I’ve brought people together to bring new opportunities and careers here in Arkansas. I’m a businessman and a job creator who will bring these common sense values to Washington. My opponent is a big government, career politician who has fought for President Obama’s liberal agenda,” said French Hill. “With three weeks before Election Day, I couldn’t be happier with where we are now.”

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French Hill debate victory tops momentum-filled week

October 12, 2014

Posts record $578,000 quarter, earns Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Chamber of Commerce and NRA endorsements. Media piles on Hays for dishonest campaign

Little Rock, Ark. —Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, won a decisive debate victory against his opponent on “Capital View”, which aired this morning. His performance concludes a momentum-filled week in which Hill posted a record-setting $578,000 fundraising quarter and earned critical endorsements from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette editorial staff, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association. This week Hill also formally announced the release of his new ad “My Dream”.

“Arkansans want a job creator, not another big government career politician, representing them in Congress,” said French Hill. “Support for our campaign keeps building, and I look forward to Election Day.”

Hill’s opponent, Patrick Henry Hays, continues to face criticism for his deceptive campaign. On Friday, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette editorial staff wrote:

“And his (Hays’) idea of campaigning for Congress boiled down to one simple tactic, which was on full, embarrassing display in one, all too simple, television commercial… What was that one tactic? Throw as much mud as he could at his opponent. How sad. And how revealing.”

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“For French Hill”

October 10, 2014

For French Hill
In the Second Congressional District
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Editorial
October 10, 2014
ArkansasOnline.com/news/2014/oct/10/for-french-hill-20141010/?f=opinion

“FRENCH HILL isn’t really that much like his television commercials. At least that’s never been our impression. This banker running for Congress in the state’s Second District came up with an ad that focused on his family and old car, also known as Ol’ Blue. It’s what the pros in the campaign biz call Humanizing, but Mr. Hill has always struck us as a more formal type–a buttoned-down straightarrow. Some might even say he’s a bit of a stick. But don’t get us wrong. That’s more than fine with us. This state–this country–can use all the sticklers for the old values and virtues that our political life can attract. There’s never enough of them. Or of bright, young but already experienced leaders interested in public service. Such as French Hill.

“Besides, this candidate doesn’t really need humanizing. Unlike some of the pols who show up during campaign season, French Hill is already personable enough even if he’s not one of these pols who’ll tell you, at exhausting length, how much they love talking to people. Which in their case seems to mean only talkingat people. French Hill is different. He’s polite but never familiar, thank goodness. We find it a relief in an era that now seems to have made hugging at the slightest excuse compulsory.

“For as long as we’ve known him, which must be years and years now, we’ve found Mr. Hill to be thoughtful, reasonable, fair . . . and knowledgeable about both public and private business. Indeed, you can’t walk away from a conversation with him without thinking: This man is ready for the U.S. Congress–more than ready.

“Maybe that’s because he has a lot of experience in both government and business, specifically banking. Just look at his résumé: Majored in economics, minored in history. (It’s about time somebody put those two together.) Senior policy adviser for Bush 41 . . . deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury . . . senior adviser to a governor of Arkansas named Mike Huckabee . . . .

“And that’s just his government experience. He’s also founder and chief executive of Delta Trust & Bank in Little Rock, which he and his partners started from scratch and made into a force for jobs, investment and economic growth in general for Central Arkansas. And quite a personal success, too. Let’s just say the man has his bonafides.

“Mr. Hill’s political positions are conventional enough for a Republican: Secure the borders. The minimum wage “has never been proven as a poverty eradication tool.” But, glory be, he understands that Congress had better not default on the national debt–something you’d think, and wish, that all Republicans in Congress understood, but you’d be surprised. Some think of threatening to default on the full faith and credit of the United States of America as just a political tactic, or even a campaign talking point. But this candidate seems to have read his Alexander Hamilton, and knows that the public debt is to be respected, paid off diligently, and even used–prudently–when necessary. (‘A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.’–Alexander Hamilton.)

“French Hill already sounds like a conscientious, sensible congressman. Or is that an oxymoron these days? His attitude would make him an exception among all those headline-grabbing Republicans who at one strange point thought it’d be a dandy idea to repudiate the national debt. If he’s an exception, French Hill is an exception that needs to become the rule. For it’s not enough to oppose the spendthrift ways of this Democratic administration or its general incompetence. An opposition needs to do more than just oppose. Opposition needs to be the thoughtful, principled, rational kind. The kind that offers an alternative.

“Mr. Hill’s opponent in the Second District started out in this campaign as impressive, too, or at least well-seasoned. For he had been mayor of North Little Rock for many a year, and completely devoted to its growth from small town to small city. And that’s just what happened during his long and successful tenure.

“Then the pressure of this campaign must have gotten to him. And his idea of campaigning for Congress boiled down to one simple tactic, which was on full, embarrassing display in one, all too simple, television commercial–for which he was obliged to accept full, public responsibility. What was that one tactic? Throw as much mud as he could at his opponent. How sad. And how revealing. Do we really want the next congressman from the Second Congressional District of Arkansas to prove so graceless under pressure?

“What a pity. As a long-time mayor, the Democratic nominee might have brought a measure of perspective to this administration’s domestic programs–good, bad and indifferent but uniformly, indiscriminately lavish–and their actual effect on the ground.

“As for foreign policy, that might be far beyond this candidate’s competence, just as it clearly is beyond this administration’s. For its foreign policy, if any, is now the usual shambles that is the result of studied neglect interrupted only by bouts of complete rout. Not just in eastern Europe but at Benghazi and throughout the Arab world. This latest awfulness with ISIS is only the latest crisis it’s invited. But all such distinctions and considerations have been lost in the general distaste that this formerly nice gentleman from North Little Rock invited when he turned his campaign into just another election-year smear machine.

“Which is one more reason why the better choice in this election, much the better choice, is French Hill. He’s the candidate who would continue the Second District’s line of serious congressmen–the kind whose views have had gravity and substance. Congressmen like Tim Griffin and Vic Snyder. And, let’s hope, French Hill.”

French Hill announces National Rifle Association ‘A’ Rating and Endorsement, launches ‘Veterans for French’ Coalition

October 9, 2014

Hill: “I’ll push back against President Obama’s gun control agenda and protect your Second Amendment rights”

Little Rock, Ark. — Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, held a press conference today at Fort Thompson in Sherwood to announce his National Rifle Association (NRA) ‘A’ rating and endorsement. Hill also released his ‘Veterans for French’ coalition.

“I’ll push back against President Obama’s gun control agenda and protect your Second Amendment rights,” said French Hill. “My opponent may be proud of his ‘F’ rating from the NRA, but I’m honored to have the NRA’s endorsement.”

Hill’s opponent, Patrick Henry Hays, is currently the only political candidate in Arkansas with an ‘F’ rating from the NRA, according to their website.

Hill was also joined by Arkansas veterans and announced his ‘Veterans for French’ coalition. Coalition members have held multiple roundtable discussions with French to express their concerns with federal reforms and highlight the challenges facing veterans across Arkansas.

“In addition to unacceptable problems at the VA, young veterans face an unemployment rate greater than 20%. The status quo in Washington is not working and our veterans deserve better,” said Hill.

“French Hill will be a strong advocate in Washington for the best medical care at our VA hospitals and clinics, he will fight to relieve the disability claims backlog, and he will advocate to put our highly-skilled veterans to work in good jobs. We can count on French Hill to work tirelessly for our sister and brother veterans who need help,” said Colonel Doug House, U.S. Army (Retired), the chairman of the coalition and member of the Arkansas General Assembly.

Coalition members include:
Thomas Arwood
Brian Ball
David Beraner
Bob Buchanan
Robert Buchannon
Jim Case
Tommy Clements
Steve Eggensberger
Don English
Elmer Flucht
Steve Finnegan
Congressman Tim Griffin
Christopher Hansen
Doug House
Carin Huff
Cary Huff
Stephen Keeton
James Kirkendoll
Dave Marvin
Richard Maxwell
Ingram Philips
Scott Pursley
Sam Sellers
John Sims
Dub Snider
Ted Snider
Nate Todd
Tom Van Dorple
William Warren
Larry Walther

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“My Dream” Ad

October 7, 2014

French Hill announces Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business endorsements, releases new ad “My Dream”

October 7, 2014

Hill: “We need a job creator in Washington, not another big government, career politician”

Little Rock, Ark. — Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, held a press conference today at Riggs CAT, the only Caterpillar distributor in the state of Arkansas, to announce endorsements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Hill also formally announced the release of his new ad “My Dream”.

“Health care costs keep climbing, our economy is not growing and the status quo in Washington is only making things worse,” said French Hill. “We need a job creator in Washington, not another big government, career politician.”

French Hill received an endorsement from former Democratic state senator and current president of Riggs CAT, John Riggs. Hill also reiterated that he is the only candidate in this race with financial support from Caterpillar.

The ad, “My Dream”, highlights French Hill’s role building careers and opportunities across Arkansas.

“We need experienced businessmen like French Hill in Congress to push back against the Obama agenda and jump-start our economy. That’s why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce proudly supports French Hill,” said Rob Engstrom, National Political Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “French Hill is the clear pro-small business candidate in this race,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president. NFIB has over 4,000 dues-paying members in Arkansas, representing a cross section of the state’s economy.

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