My opponent is suing for a raise; with your support we can fire him instead

We already knew that my opponent, Rep. Rick Crawford, is out of touch with his constituents. 

screenshots show quotes about Rep. Rick Crawford's deletion of his Facebook pageHe deleted his Facebook page in 2018 — just 3 months after he bragged in a TechCrunch article about using Facebook to “listen to constituents and take criticism.” Laughable! — and he’s long had comments turned off on his Twitter account. All this shows how little he values input from the people he’s meant to represent. 

What’s more, residents across the 1st District say he never comes home; Crawford’s Congressional office in Cabot hasn’t been open in ages, and he hasn’t held a town hall in at least seven years (in this Georgetown University report Modernizing Congress published in 2019, Crawford’s office declared he “doesn’t hold town halls,” neither in-person nor virtual). 

Yet news that Crawford had actually filed a lawsuit demanding a raise with back pay was nevertheless shocking — and felt like a kick in the teeth, constituents have since said in innumerable comments on social media and at my campaign events. Read the official court filing here.

Crawford, like other members of Congress, receives an annual salary of about $174,000, not counting paid health insurance benefits, expense accounts for Congressional activities and travel, and other extras. 

That base salary is more than 5 times the average salary his constituents earn ($32,000). Crawford believes he is so underpaid that he filed a lawsuit against the government — against the very body he’s elected to serve in. 

According to a Politico published March 11, 2024:

“A lawsuit recently filed by current and former members of Congress wades fully into one of Capitol Hill’s most controversial internal issues: how much lawmakers are paid.

“Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), alongside former Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Thomas M. Davis (R-Va.) and Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) has filed a lawsuit alleging that their pay was unconstitutionally adjusted when Congress itself repeatedly opted out of annual cost-of-living increases that are provided for under law.

“The class-action lawsuit alleges that they are ‘suffering the unconstitutional suppression of their member pay, and the former Members continue to suffer the unconstitutional reduction of the retirement pay due them by law.’  The lawsuit alleges that each plaintiff was ‘unconstitutionally underpaid’ by $563,800 for Rodney Davis; $268,839 for Tom Davis; $753,300 for Ed Perlmutter; and an undetermined amount for Crawford, since he is still serving.

“The class-action nature of the filing means that nearly 1,800 current and former members who have served since Jan. 1, 1994, could be eligible to join the suit.”

At right is my video response to Crawford’s frivolous and tone-deaf lawsuit, and the video transcript is below, in case you prefer to read.

Short version? We can fire Rick Crawford from this job he thinks pays too little. With your support, Arkansas’ 1st District can have a representative in the Congress who understands the real-life struggles of his constituents: me. 

And I pledge to hold town halls in a different part of the 1st District every quarter as long as I am in office. 

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Transcript: Rodney’s Video Response to Crawford’s Salary Lawsuit

How’s everybody doing tonight? 

This is Rodney Govens, Congressional candidate on the Democratic ticket for First Congressional District here in Arkansas and I’m here at my opponent’s office. He’s an incumbent, and as you can tell, ain’t nobody been here for a while. 

When is enough enough? 

And I mean that in so many different ways. 

What I hold here in my hand is a 19-page lawsuit filed class-action style, and as you can tell my opponent is listed here (as a plaintiff). This is for the United States Court of federal claims alleging that they’re underpaid as Congressional representatives in the United States of America.

It’s public knowledge about their salary; I would argue that their salary is more than enough — and based on some of the output with only 27 bills that have even been passed in this last session, I would argue they need to get a pay cut. 

Now when I sit back and I look at my opponent’s voting record: He voted against the PACT Act aka the Burn Pit Act, which made it retroactive for Vietnam-era veterans to finally go get benefits for being exposed to Agent Orange. 

Now, thankfully, the PACT Act passed, but not because of my opponent; he voted no. His reasoning behind voting no? “We can’t afford it,” he claimed. 

Well, I’m looking at bullet point #28, because I’m trying to figure out how we can afford this: 

“Plaintiff Crawford’s congressional salary has been unconstitutionally underpaid each year of his service. Because Rep. Crawford is a current member of Congress the underpayment of his back pay continues to accrue. Because Congressman Rick Crawford qualifies for federal retirement, the suppression of his congressional salary has unconstitutionally reduced the retirement pay which he will be due upon his departure from Congress/“ 

That’s what he put in this lawsuit — frivolous lawsuit, by the way. 

Congressional representatives are paid upwards of $170,000 a year; I would argue that’s more than enough. When you’ve got Helena-West Helena struggling without water three times already this year, and their water system continues to fail; when you have Elaine, Arkansas, where their water tower is rated the No. 6 worst in the country; when you have issues with Medicare and Medicaid and people just being disenrolled randomly; and you’re going to sit here and tell me as a congressman we can’t afford it but we can afford this, this nonsense? 

You get paid enough — and you ain’t even doing your job. Hell, you don’t even come home, you don’t represent the constituency Rick, but here you are demanding to get back pay? 

You don’t represent the people of Arkansas, and when you do vote, you vote to continue to oppress the very rural communities that you’re supposed to represent and advocate for? 

No more. It’s time that we take a stand. 

Let’s replace this guy. Let’s make sure that we actually get a representative in here that wants to be home, that wants to engage the constituency, that wants to know what problems we need to fix to make sure that our rural communities are well taken care of and that our people are well-represented. 

Let’s fix this come November and let’s make sure that we get the word back to this guy: 

No more. We’re done with you. 

My name is Rodney Govens and I’m running for Congress.

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