Lawmaker Proposes Removing Clinton’s Name From Airport

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An Arkansas state senator is looking in to the possibility of creating legislation that would change the name of Little Rock’s airport to remove Bill and Hillary Clinton’s names from it.

Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican who represents the 35th District, on Monday night made the following Twitter post:

“Would you support a bill removing the names of Bill & Hillary Clinton from the Little Rock Airport? Arkansas does not support them.”

So far, more than 3,400 people have participated in the poll.

The tarnished image of the Clintons, which includes involvement in numerous scandals as well as Hillary Clinton’s secret unsecured email server, serve as some of the reasons why the people of Arkansas don’t like having the Clinton’s name on the airport.

“You don’t want the people of Arkansas unhappy with the gateway to the state,” Rapert said.

The previous name of the airport was Adams Field.  Adams, an officer in the Arkansas National Guard, helped the airport expand while serving on the Little Rock City Council.  According to the airport’s website, he was killed Sept. 4, 1937, in the line of duty.

Rapert has stated that he believes the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission should have never named the airport after the Clinton, as he feels it disrespected the memory of Capt. George Geyer Adams, for whom it was originally named.    He is hoping the commission will act on their own to change the name back, without legislative action needing to be taken.

“It should be back as it’s always been — Adams Field,” Rapert said.

He said one of his colleagues in the Senate is considering sponsoring a bill to rename the airport, but would not identify the colleague yet.

Bill Clinton was a speaker at the ceremony renaming the airport three years ago.







 

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