NEWS: Ross Responds to ‘Slanderous’ New Attack Ad

Asks Hutchinson to Join Him in Calling on Ad’s Removal

LITTLE ROCK – Today, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association began airing a new TV ad rehashing slanderous accusations on the 2007 sale of Mike and Holly Ross’ family pharmacy that have been proven false by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee. The ad comes weeks after revelations that Congressman Asa Hutchinson broke state law by taking illegal tax credits on multiple homes for several years.

Click here to download a complete fact check behind this new ad.

Click here to read the letter issued by the House Ethics Committee clearing Mike & Holly Ross.

Statement by Mike Ross, Democratic nominee for governor:

“This dishonest TV ad by Congressman Hutchinson’s allies in Washington is nothing more than another deceitful attempt to distract from the fact that Congressman Hutchinson broke the law over several years when he took illegal tax credits on multiple homes.

"Comprehensive reviews from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette found the sale of our family pharmacy ‘very average’ and they called the attack nothing more than a ‘smear.’

“The bipartisan House Ethics Committee dismissed these partisan allegations, said my wife and I handled the sale 'appropriately' and then closed the matter completely.

"This ad -- that doesn't even pronounce the name of my hometown correctly -- attacks my wife, my family business and every small town and family-owned small business in Arkansas. If Congressman Hutchinson has even an ounce of ethics and integrity, he will join our campaign in calling on the RGA to immediately pull this slanderous ad from the airwaves and apologize.

“Arkansans deserve better than this type of petty partisan politics that has plagued our nation for far too long.”


Mike Ross, of Prescott, Ark., is a fifth-generation and lifelong Arkansan who is running for governor of Arkansas. He is the son of public school educators and a former small business owner, state senator and U.S. Congressman. Mike has two grown children and now lives in Little Rock with his wife, Holly. To learn more about the campaign, visit or follow the campaign on Facebook at or text Mike to 99000 on your mobile phone.

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