Arkansas House hopeful: Replace ancestor’s Capitol statue

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democrat running for a congressional seat in Arkansas says a statue of his great-great grandfather should be removed from the U.S. Capitol, condemning his ancestor's statement that the South looked to the Democratic Party to preserve "white standards."

Democrat Clarke Tucker wrote in a column published by the Arkansas Times Wednesday he thinks the Legislature should replace Arkansas' two statues at the Capitol, including that of his ancestor, James P. Clarke. Clarke was a former governor and U.S. senator in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Tucker is challenging Republican Rep. French Hill in Arkansas' 2nd
Congressional District, which includes Little Rock and seven central Arkansas counties.

A Republican state senator last month said he planned to call for replacing the statues next year.

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