Political Ads Using Tornado Rile Mayflower Residents

MAYFLOWER, AR -- Another political ad out Tuesday in the heated battle between Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton centers around the April 27th storm.

For these residents, many of whom are still rebuilding their lives, seeing the tornado used as a political weapon is a frustrating trend.

"The tornado, when it came through, I mean it took pretty much the entire roof off," said Kevin Short, who is putting his shop back together piece by piece.

It's not just the business.  His and his father's homes were destroyed.

Short says the rebuilding process along Dam Road in Mayflower has been slow, back-breaking work made even more frustrating now that the tornado is being used in a political fight.

The latest ad features Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock defending fellow Republican Tom Cotton and going after Democrat Mark Pryor.

It comes after Pryor and his supporters attacked Cotton for pushing strict conditions for aid after other storms.

"That's not cool," Short said.  "That's bad form right there."

Short and other Mayflower residents we spoke with Tuesday criticized both sides using the tornado for political gain.

"They shouldn't be using something like that in their political campaigns," said Rick Lloyd, Mayflower resident.

"I think it's kind of a little bit low for them to use the tragedy that happened to people," said another Mayflower resident Jane Peters.

Kevin Short says there's still a lot of work to be done and help is what people need not political bickering.

"You boys need to grow up," Short said of the tornado-related ads.  "That's all I got to say about that."

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