Hutchinson's camp labeled the group "the state affiliate of the left-leaning National Education Association" and highlighted the group's endorsement of President Obama and Obamacare.
“Congressman Ross demonstrates yet again how out of touch he is with Arkansans," said Christian Olson, Director of Policy & Communications for Hutchinson. "This union endorsement is another example that Congressman Ross pretends to be an independent in Arkansas but given the chance will side with his liberal friends."
Arkansas' Democratic Party immediately fired back.
"Congressman Hutchinson's attack on Arkansas teachers is shameful and he should apologize," said Democratic Party of Arkansas spokesperson Patrick Burgwinkle. "Saying Arkansas teachers put anything 'ahead of our kids' when you have an education record as bad as Congressman Hutchinson's is cynical DC politics at its worst."