Jim Bob Duggar plasters signs & billboards all over Arkansas for Senate campaign amid son Josh's child pornography trial
JIM BOB Duggar has kept his head in the game in his run for State Senate as signs and billboards are plastered all over Arkansas to promote his campaign.
The reality star has continued to stay focused on his political campaign, despite his eldest son's child pornography trial.
The 56-year-old Republican seems to have dominated the roadways as his campaign signs and billboards are covering a large portion of the state highways.
In an exclusive photo captured by The Sun, Jim Bob posed with his wife Michelle Duggar on a billboard encouraging votes in the December 14 election – while dozens of other similar signs display the same message.
The TV star is going up against some stiff competition with opponent Steve Unger who admitted that his desire to run for state senate is because he wants residents to have "another choice."
"Mr. Duggar jumped in really quick and that I thought there needed to be another choice for the voters, thought the voters needed another choice," Steve exclusively told The Sun about entering the campaign.
However, Jim Bob hasn't won over everyone as the Arkansas native has been getting some flack from critics online scrutinizing his recent campagn flyers.
In his latest flyer, the father-of-19, highlighted the fact that he is: "Pro-Faith, Pro-Family and Pro-Freedom."
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But some Reddit users found those claims hard to swallow, especially in light of his family's well-documented current struggles.
While sharing a picture of the campaign note, the original poster wrote: I don’t know whether to throw up or not.
In the comments section, others backed him up, with arguments like: "Pro-family as long as you're not his daughter!" and "Pro-freedom as long as you’re not a woman."
One commenter lashed out at Jim-Bob: "The pig is not pro-family. He is pro-let your son molest your daughters and do nothing about it. He needs to spend some time behind bars."
Another recommended returning the flyer to its sender: "Mail it back to the TTH or his campaign headquarters with a note stating you are pro-prosecuting pedophiles and anti-protecting child molesters."
Still another speculated about the timing, and real reason behind Jim Bob's office run: "Why did it take seeing 'Paid for by Jim Bob for Arkansas State Senate' for me to realize the entire point of this Senate run is to launder money for the trial? Grifters gonna grift.
And one person just wanted it all over: "This clown had better lose!"
Jim Bob's son Josh, 33, was charged earlier this year with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography, and is currently undergoing a two-week long trial.
He was accused of possessing sick images of child pornography that were "the worst of the worst" that authorities had ever seen.
Josh pleaded not guilty but could face up to 20 years in prison if the court decides otherwise.
Jim Bob had to take the stand in an Arkansas court last week to testify on behalf of the prosecution in an evidentiary hearing.
However, he repeatedly claimed he couldn't remember the details of Josh's past admissions that he had touched the victims, who were called Jane Does 1 to 4, People reported.
In 2015, Jim Bob had told police that Josh, 33, had confessed to touching underage girls, including Jill and his sister Jessa, in the family home between 2002 and 2003.
According to a 2006 police report, which Arkansas police later destroyed, Jim Bob first told cops in 2002 that he had molested young victims while they were asleep in the Duggar family home.
But at the hearing, Jim Bob said he couldn't recall the details of the admissions from his oldest son.
WON'T BACK DOWN
Jim Bob's involvement in the trial could put a cloud over his run for Arkansas State Senate, but the Counting On alum promises he won't “shrink away” from politics despite his “family problems.”
Last month, Jim Bob announced announced his candidacy for Arkansas State Senate District 7 seat, according to Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Now, the father of 19 revealed he won’t be backing down or staying silent in his fight for the seat and will be pushing through “crises” his family’s dealing with.
In a recent blog post, the Counting On alum slammed “cancel culture” after his son Josh's arrest and said he refuses to let it stop him.
He wrote: “Like so many other families, we too have faced crises, difficulties, and heartbreak.”
“…They say because our family has faced problems we should shrink away—this is why they are often so relentlessly unkind, but we cannot sit on the sidelines during a time when one of America’s most important battles is taking place.
“We are devoted to doing our part and making a difference for our children and grandchildren.”
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