A Good Fight is the name of Rep. Jon Woods’ band. That name also could define his state Senate race.
The band became the center of controversy earlier this month when Sen. Bill Pritchard, Woods’ only announced Republican opponent in the Senate District 7 race, questioned the band’s music video featuring the song “Whiskey ’Fore Breakfast.”
Pritchard said the video doesn’t represent conservative Christian values in the district, which encompasses Springdale, Johnson and parts of Fayetteville and eastern Washington County.
Woods, who plays bass for A Good Fight, said he is an evangelical Catholic who has never consumed alcohol, cigarettes or drugs.
Several days later, after Prichard’s January campaign contribution report was released, Woods noted his opponent received $500 from a West Memphis dog track that offers wagering in addition to casino-style video poker and blackjack.
Woods said it is hypocritical of Pritchard to criticize a rock music video as out of step with Christian values while taking money from a gambling establishment.
Pritchard, who attends First Baptist Church of Elkins, said he has not been involved with the dog track on racing or casino issues at the Legislature. He sided with the track in opposing a bill that would have outlawed smoking in bars and racetracks statewide, he said.
Against this political backdrop, locals wanting to see A Good Fight will have a chance this weekend.
The band is playing Saturday at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The campaign fight between Woods and Pritchard promises to last beyond the weekend.
The two candidates — and any other Republican who might enter before filing closes March 1 — don’t face off until the May 22 primary election.