Jim Bob DuggarThe odds of him winning the Arkansas Senate race fell dramatically, due to his son’s conviction… that’s according to another member of the Duggar family.
Derek Dillard – Married to JBD’s daughter josh‘sister, generation — tells TMZ…Josh’s guilty verdict in the child porn trial puts his father-in-law in a difficult position politically, not just because of the apparent attachment to his son…but because of the past public stances he’s taken on sex crimes. From Derek’s point of view, Jim Bob’s record isn’t going to help.
Take, for example, a policy that JBD proposed on a site that no longer exists when he ran for the US Senate in 2002, which talked about what should happen to someone who rapes a woman. As you can see, he called for the execution of the offender and to keep the child alive.
It’s not apples for apples, compared to what Josh’s conviction For owning a ton of child pornography – but in Derek’s eyes it makes Jim Bob seem a hypocrite…because he doesn’t think his father-in-law would take a tough stance now, given what is happening to him in her flesh and blood.
Most relevant to Josh’s case is a bill the JBD helped sponsor in 2001—when he was in the state House of Representatives—that calls for expanding sexual offense categories to include “pimping or possession of a visual or printed medium depicting sexually explicit behavior involving a child.” Derek thinks Jim Bob will be questioning on that person’s campaign trail.
The big picture… Derek says Jim Bob appears less transparent or credible due to vague statements he made while Josh was under investigation.
Of course, Derek is hardly a fan of JBD to begin with. You know, he and Jill have distanced themselves from the famous family since 2017…when Derek accused his stepfather of spoiling his kids’ money.
However, DD admits Jim Bob could pull off a win, due to his TV fame and name/wealth – all of which can help him get past Josh’s PR nightmare.
As for who Derek pulls off, he says he’d rather stand behind other state Senate candidates, like Colby Volver — which Derek says needs all the help (and cash) he can get.