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story.lead_photo.caption Passengers wait in the gate area of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport as an American Eagle plane taxis to its gate. ( Stephen B. Thornton)

An Arkansas state senator is entertaining possible legislation that would change the name of Little Rock’s airport, erasing Bill and Hillary Clinton's names from it.

“Would you support a bill removing the names of Bill & Hillary Clinton from the Little Rock Airport?” Sen. Jason Rapert wrote on Twitter on Monday night. “Arkansas does not support them.”

The tweet included a poll so users could vote for or against deleting the Clintons from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field. As of 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, 53 percent of those who voted opposed removing the names. By 8:30 p.m., 67 percent of more than 1,800 respondents were against removing the names. Any Twitter user not blocked by Rapert’s account can vote in the poll.

Rapert on Tuesday said he tweeted the poll to get feedback from constituents. He said one of his colleagues in the Senate is considering a bill that would rename the airport. Rapert, a Republican representing District 35, declined to identify the colleague, saying the senator wasn’t “ready to step out on it.”

Constituents have told Rapert in recent months that they didn’t like the Clintons’ names on the state’s largest airport. He cited the couple’s scandals, including President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and Hillary Clinton’s secret email server, as reasons why some Arkansans want their names stricken from the airport.

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

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Should the Arkansas legislature attempt to pass a bill to remove the Clintons' names from the Little Rock airport?

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After asking the public for its comments, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted unanimously in 2012 to name the airport after the Clintons. The former president and former secretary of state attended the airport’s dedication a year later.

An airport spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Rapert said he doesn’t understand why the commission “hastily” changed the airport’s name, adding that the decision disrespected the memory of Capt. George Geyer Adams — Adams Field’s namesake.

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.”

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

The responses on Twitter were mixed. Some people applauded the idea of a change while others urged Rapert to spend time on issues more important to the lives of Arkansans.

Responding to the critics, the senator said the poll only took 30 seconds to create and he can “walk and chew gum at the same time.”

Rapert also hoped the airport commission would “take the initiative” and change the name itself. If not, a bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law could force the alteration, he said.

He had “no idea” if such a bill would pass, but he said GOP majorities in both house and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson could be open to it. He also noted Hillary Clinton’s poor showing in Arkansas as the Democratic presidential nominee earlier this month.

“I think we know what public opinion means,” he said.


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Archived Comments

  • hurricane46
    November 29, 2016 at 4:23 p.m.

    Can this idiot be voted out in the next election, he's not helping this state at all, just making us a laughing stock.

  • TimberTopper
    November 29, 2016 at 4:32 p.m.

    Some claim him to be G..Ds personal representative in Arkansas.

  • Jackabbott
    November 29, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

    Hilary's name should be removed. She is not from Arkansas and has not done anything to warrant naming much after her other than a park bench. She might wind up in jail so the park bench would fit in nicely.

  • lazyman
    November 29, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

    He may be an idiot in many ways but I hope they change the name back.

  • hungryjim
    November 29, 2016 at 4:38 p.m.

    Talk about not helping this state, the Clinton Crime Family carpetbagged out of this state at the first opportunity.

  • dxmcl
    November 29, 2016 at 4:52 p.m.

    If the legislature does this, Bill Clinton should move the Presidential Library out of state as well. After all, why should the Clintons go where they are not wanted? Surely Arkansas will not miss the money that thousands of visitors to the library spend in the state every year. Shame on the legislators who want to do this. They need to get to work on the issues they were sent to address, not waste time and tax dollars with yet another spiteful, small minded project. And not EVERYONE in the state agrees with them.

  • dearlo
    November 29, 2016 at 5:24 p.m.

    dxmcl I so agree. They don't want to work on the problems we have. They don't care one bit about we the people, only what's in it for them. It is still so hard to believe that people voted for them. I sure didn't!

  • itryed
    November 29, 2016 at 5:26 p.m.

    Rapert absolute idiot

  • hurricane46
    November 29, 2016 at 5:42 p.m.

    Yeah, let's not have anything to do with what will be the ONLY president from Arkansas. Let's just rename it the Jason RAPErt A$&hole airport.

  • jamosc
    November 29, 2016 at 5:51 p.m.

    Rapert is a disgrace. Can we remove his name from future stories in what is supposed to be the newspaper of record in this state? Why does the Dem Gazette give idiots like this a voice?