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Arkansas - Rockefeller decides to run for governor
Associated Press | February 24, 2005

Posted on 02/24/2005 2:39:05 PM PST by HAL9000

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller has informed state Republican officials that he will definitely run for governor in 2006.

Rockefeller stated his intentions in a letter dated Monday to members of the state Republican Party, state committee and executive committee.

"I want you to be the first to know," Rockefeller said. "I look forward to working with you in the coming months to bring about a new era of excellence for Arkansas."

He said he would formally announce his candidacy after the Legislature adjourns. He was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

In his letter, Rockefeller said "overwhelming numbers" of Arkansas Republicans had encouraged him to run for governor. He said he had discussed the demands of a gubernatorial campaign with his wife and family and they had expressed enthusiastic support for him to run.

The billionaire son of the former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller has made no secret of his desire to follow in his father's footsteps. His announcement would appear to set up a high-profile GOP primary next year pitting Rockefeller against former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, who resigned as undersecretary of the federal Homeland Security Department this year after being passed over by President Bush to head the agency.

Hutchinson, whose resignation is effective March 1, has not yet said what his political plans are. He did not immediately return an e-mail message sent to him Thursday and his office had no immediate comment.

Hutchinson's brother, former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, was at the state Capitol on Thursday and said both Asa and Rockefeller would make good candidates.

"They're both good men and two good gentlemen," Tim Hutchinson said. "It would be a healthy race for the party and I don't think it would tear the party apart."

Tim Hutchinson said he spoke with his brother Wednesday and understood that Asa could not fully discuss his political plans until his resignation. But Tim Hutchinson said his brother told him he has a busy speaking schedule in Arkansas throughout March and April.

"I don't know what he is going to decide, but he's certainly giving this serious consideration if he's going to be going to every Lincoln Day dinner he's been invited to," Tim Hutchinson said. "As soon as he's out of Homeland Security, he'll be making an announcement. He's going to be all over the state."



TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; asahutchinson; beebe; billionaires; clark; gopprimary; hutchinson; mikebeebe; rino; rockefeller; wesleyclark; winpaulrockefeller; winrockefeller
Among the possible GOP candidates who have been mentioned so far, Win Paul Rockefeller is the one I'll be supporting in the 2006 primary. He has the best prospects for victory over the Democrats.

The Democratic opposition will probably be Wesley Clark or Attorney General Mike Beebe. Either of them would be a formidable opponent.

1 posted on 02/24/2005 2:39:12 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

This and the Lynn Swann news,things are shaping up.


2 posted on 02/24/2005 2:40:15 PM PST by cmsgop (No Moleste Por Favor !!!!!!!!! No Moleste, Por Favor !!!!!!!!!)
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To: HAL9000

Namedrop: This is my boss's former brother in law.


3 posted on 02/24/2005 2:42:44 PM PST by Clemenza (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms: The Other Holy Trinity)
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To: HAL9000

What I always found amusing is that Winthrop Rockefeller was usually considered an "outsider" among the Rockefeller cousins (because his father had been such, among the Rockefeller brothers)--but yet, despite his "outsidedness," and the alcoholism that afflicted his father, this cousin appears wealthier, healthier, and happier than his fringe-left cousins.


4 posted on 02/24/2005 2:43:43 PM PST by franksolich (ski jumping flop)
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To: HAL9000

Wesley Clark? Really?

Is he putting his name out as an interested candidate?

Or are the politicos just throwing his name around to see what kind of reaction they'll get?


5 posted on 02/24/2005 2:44:18 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
Wesley Clark? Really?

Yes, but it would obviously be the prelude to another presidential bid. The fact that he has never held elective office was a knock against him last year.

Clark visited the Arkansas legislature last week for the first time.

6 posted on 02/24/2005 2:48:54 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000
That knocks the wind out of Asa's sails, I bet.

Is this the son of the former governor, Win Rockerfeller? He changed politics in Arkansas in the late 60s. IIRC, he was the first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
7 posted on 02/24/2005 2:49:31 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: HAL9000

HAL9000, can you can point me to any info on Rockefeller's position on key issues affecting Arkansas?

Also, any chance that Jim Holt may throw his hat in the ring as well?


8 posted on 02/24/2005 2:52:20 PM PST by OB1kNOb (mrducks mrnot osmr cmwangs lib mrducks!)
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To: Clemenza

Are any of the guys related to the NY Rockefellers...these guys confuse me as much as the Kennedy clan sometimes and who is who.???????


9 posted on 02/24/2005 2:54:29 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: HAL9000
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller has informed state Republican officials that he will definitely run for governor in 2006.

I'm shocked. Or not.

Interesting that Asa would try for this, too. He's been rumored to be wanting this, that, and the other thing for the last couple years now. I woulda liked him to run against Blanche Lincoln last year .... don't know that he can take Win ...

10 posted on 02/24/2005 2:56:44 PM PST by JohnnyZ ("Thought I was having trouble with my adding. It's all right now." - Clint Eastwood)
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To: HAL9000

Some bio info:

Born September 17, 1948, Lt. Gov. Rockefeller is the son of the late Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and grandson of the late John D. Rockefeller, Jr. He attended Pembroke College at the University of Oxford and is a graduate of the ranch management program at Texas Christian University. Rockefeller is the father of eight children. He and his wife, Lisenne, maintain homes at Winrock Farms in Conway County and in Little Rock.


11 posted on 02/24/2005 3:02:50 PM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: OB1kNOb
HAL9000, can you can point me to any info on Rockefeller's position on key issues affecting Arkansas?

His campaign web site is www.winrock.com. It hasn't been updated recently, but I expect that will change soon. He is not as conservative as Hutchinson, but I think he has a better chance of winning.

Also, any chance that Jim Holt may throw his hat in the ring as well?

There is a lot of speculation about that, so it's possible. If Holt enters the race, he would split votes away from Asa Hutchinson, not Rockefeller. It's also speculated that Holt may run for Lt. Governor and wait for a later contest to run for governor.

12 posted on 02/24/2005 3:02:59 PM PST by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: NorCalRepub

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockefeller_family


13 posted on 02/24/2005 3:05:47 PM PST by Clemenza (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms: The Other Holy Trinity)
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To: Clemenza

I should have thought of that....thanks


14 posted on 02/24/2005 3:09:27 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: HAL9000

Win Rockefeller?

What is his relation to Nelson?


15 posted on 02/24/2005 3:23:06 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: NorCalRepub

Bump


Same thoughts.


16 posted on 02/24/2005 3:24:36 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Clemenza

Thanks.


17 posted on 02/24/2005 3:25:16 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: HAL9000

Before the term RINO, we called the republican left wing "Rockefeller Republicans".


18 posted on 02/24/2005 3:30:06 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rush agrees with me 98.5% of the time!)
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To: Calpernia
What is his relation to Nelson?

Nelson's nephew.

19 posted on 02/24/2005 3:35:09 PM PST by IndyTiger
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Before the term RINO, we called the republican left wing "Rockefeller Republicans".

Without Winthrop Rockefeller there would be no Republican Party in Arkansas at all.

He was elected by the tiny Republican Party and a huge number of Democrats fed up with their own party. The Democratic machine stood in his way at every turn. Whispering campaigns, rumors, and petty B.S. at everything he tried to do. He came into office as the big man in boots and left almost broken. The lilliputians outnumbered him.

But he, a Republican, did manage to clean up our awful prison system. He, a Republican, did manage to successfully complete integration of the schools with no muss or fuss. He did manage to point state government in the direction of economic advancement.

And his best gift to the state was that just his presence forced the Democratic Party to toss out its old ballot-stuffing machine hacks and put forth some new blood. Of course, over time, those young Democratic turks became the new machine.

Whatever you think of his politics, Winthrop Rockefeller was a hero. Whether his son is fell close to the tree I can't say.
20 posted on 02/24/2005 3:43:04 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: IndyTiger

Is this Win Rockefeller below his father?

Arkansas' Murderous Ways
Christopher Ruddy
October 22, 1998

Bill Clinton doesn’t come out of a vacuum.

He is the product of an Arkansas political machine that has long been corrupt and tied to organized crime.

Writer L.J. Davis once explained our president to me this way: "All you need to know about Bill Clinton is that he was governor of Arkansas."

That one sentence, spoken to me four years ago, has resonated.

Davis’ explanation became more meaningful after a conversation I had with a member of the Rockefeller family. I’ll identify him only as "Rock."

Rock was very impressed by my work, and even asked me to speak on the subject of Vincent Foster’s death to an organization he headed.

One can’t get more establishment than the Rockefeller family. So I was surprised by the enthusiasm. Then Rock explained to me that members of the Rockefeller family could believe the worst about Bill Clinton.

I asked Rock why.

He responded that the family understood the political milieu from which Clinton came. Rock reminded me that Winthrop Rockefeller -- Rock called him "Uncle Win" -- was governor of Arkansas.

Win, who has passed away, was the first Republican to win the governorship since Reconstruction, and he did so by spending his wealth and running against the one-party machine that later elected Bill Clinton.

It was a dangerous machine, Rock said with some passion -- one that almost killed Uncle Win. Rock said that, while governor, Winthrop had survived no less than three assassination attempts.

All were attempts made by sabotage on his private jet, he said.

Winthrop was an outsider and a reformer, which earned him the enmity of the cozy club of the Little Rock elite. What really ruffled feathers with the club was Win’s decision to eliminate illegal gambling in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Illegal gambling there was controlled by a loosely knit organized crime group Rock called the "redneck mafia." Law enforcement agencies call the group the Dixie Mafia.

Gambling in Bill Clinton’s hometown had flourished openly for decades because of the corruption of the local political establishment and the complicity of the state police. Winthrop thought his job would be easy. It wasn’t.

Rock said his uncle hired, then fired, several state police commanders to crack down on the vice. His police chiefs were all either bribed, threatened, or blackmailed into ignoring Governor Rockefeller’s orders.

Finally Rock found a young, clean-cut FBI agent named Lynn Davis and named him state police commander. Davis was Arkansas’ version of Eliot Ness. He did wipe out the illicit Hot Spring gambling nests -- at times literally using bulldozers.

His accomplishment was achieved at some risk.

Rock detailed the sacrifice he, his uncle, and Davis almost had to make.

As Rock told the story, Winthrop owned a private jet. Rock had joined his uncle on a jet trip he was taking to Memphis along with Davis and two troopers.

The short, peaceful trip from Little Rock was interrupted by the pilot, who came into the passenger cabin with an ominous report. "Governor, it looks like the landing gear won’t stay down," he said. "We are going to have to make a controlled crash."

Rockefeller and the other passengers were shaken. They knew what the pilot’s action meant: probable combustion of the plane and death for them.

One of the troopers came up with the bright idea of using the plane’s fire ax to break through the floor to examine the landing gear.

Circling above Memphis, the troopers cut a wide hole in the jet’s floor. They discovered the plane had been sabotaged. Metal rods had been placed in the landing mechanism, so when the gear had retracted upon takeoff, the metal braces needed to keep the tires down had also broken. Without the tires locked into place, the plane would immediately skid on its belly. Disaster would surely follow.

Rock said his uncle was livid. After two previous attempts to sabotage the plane, he had lavished money on round-the-clock security at the Little Rock hangar where the plane was kept.

Plane crashes were a favorite method of assassination with the Dixie Mafia, Rock said. He added that it was the "perfect cover for murder" because most of the evidence is destroyed or mutilated in a crash. Also, many people have an inability to accept the notion murderers would kill so many innocent passengers to get one target. So the death of the target appears purely accidental.

The plane crash was a good strategy for still another reason. Had a gunman simply shot Uncle Win to death, Rock continued, this would have drawn all sorts or attention and sparked an FBI investigation. The mob doesn’t want the feds on their backs.

Fortunately, the plane did not crash. One of the troopers came up with an ingenious idea. Break up some of the passenger seats and jam the metal pieces into the landing gear to keep the tires stable as they landed. It worked.

Rock’s harrowing tale is not without corroboration. Lynn Davis, now a lawyer in Little Rock, confirmed the incident.

Still, the threat of assassination always loomed for Winthrop. Rockefeller ordered the staff at the governor’s mansion to keep the curtains always closed, day and night, lest a shooter decide to kill him. He frequently had a bodyguard with him as he walked from room to room in the mansion.

Rockefeller’s experience was not an isolated one. Gene Wirges, a veteran Arkansas journalist and a Rockefeller ally, wrote in his book "Conflicts of Interest" about the diabolical nature of the Dixie Mafia. Wirges himself suffered several assassination attempts, including a phony car crash. Wirges’ life-threatening work has been cited by many journals, including the Wall Street Journal and the Saturday Evening Post.

To be sure, Bill Clinton was a relatively young man at the time Rockefeller was taking on the mob in Hot Springs.

But the time period is not so far removed from him either. Winthrop left the governorship in 1971, Clinton was elected attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer just five years later, in 1976.

There is no evidence Clinton, as the Democratic machine candidate, was the subject of an assassination attempt or ordered the assassination of anyone.

Interesting, though, were the many ties Clinton himself made with various organized crime figures. One was a gentleman who was the reputed head of the Dixie Mafia. Trooper Larry Patterson told me this man would send a case of fine whisky to the governor’s mansion for Clinton every Christmas.

Another sordid character Clinton associated with was Dan Lasater, who was convicted on cocaine distribution charges. Though drug trafficking has made the Dixie mafia very powerful in the past two decades, there is no evidence Lasater is a member of the Dixie mafia or any organized crime group. Still, this highly dubious man was such a close friend of Clinton’s, Trooper Patterson told me, that Lasater had free access to the governor’s mansion at any time. He usually entered through the back door, the portal for close friends and family.

Arkansas State Police files also show that one of Clinton’s longtime financial backers was the subject of a police inquiry involving allegations of drug dealing and murder for hire. No indictments were ever brought against the man. And the police investigator who handled the case was forced into early retirement after pressing for indictments.

Understanding Bill Clinton and the regime he and his wife brought to Washington is as easy as connecting the dots.


21 posted on 02/24/2005 3:45:21 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Arkinsaw
Winthrop Rockefeller
22 posted on 02/24/2005 3:45:25 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: cmsgop

What was the Lynn Swann news?


23 posted on 02/24/2005 3:49:12 PM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: HAL9000

Wesley Clark?

Just tell me where to send the GOP $$$.


24 posted on 02/24/2005 3:51:45 PM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: HAL9000

It's well past time to remove all Rockefellers,Kennedys,and yes,even Bushes from political office.We don't need or want dynasties here


25 posted on 02/24/2005 4:00:17 PM PST by kennyo
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To: Arkinsaw
I had forgotten that Win the Elder was defeated by the truly evil Dale Bumpers.

1970 was a bad year for first-time Republican governors in the South. That was the same year that Claude Kirk, Florida's first GOP governor, was defeated by Reubin Askew-O'Bannion, another liberal troll.

26 posted on 02/24/2005 4:03:10 PM PST by Clemenza (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms: The Other Holy Trinity)
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To: HAL9000
So where does Win Paul stand on the ILLEGAL immigrant problem we have in Arkansas? First one who promises to get rid of these pests will win the election.

sw

27 posted on 02/24/2005 4:04:46 PM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: HAL9000

Aren't the Rockefellers one of the 13 Illuminati families?

http://www.truth777.netfirms.com/secret%20societies/13%20illuminat%20bloodlines.htm


28 posted on 02/24/2005 4:08:00 PM PST by Nan48
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To: mewzilla
He Formed a Gubernatorial Committee in PA
29 posted on 02/24/2005 4:25:50 PM PST by cmsgop (No Moleste Por Favor !!!!!!!!! No Moleste, Por Favor !!!!!!!!!)
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To: HAL9000

So that is why he sent me a Christmas card!:-)


30 posted on 02/24/2005 4:26:57 PM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: spectre

Win is not only supports allowing illegals to obtain college scholarships, he is pro - choice, pro hate crimes legislation for homosexuals, and has advocated raising property taxes in Arkansas. He held a planned parenthood fundraiser at his home. Asa (conservative impeachment manager) will destroy him in a republican primary and because Rockefeller is one of the worst public speakers in the business, Asa will make a better general election candidate.


31 posted on 02/25/2005 6:53:42 AM PST by ggjb
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To: ggjb
Very interesting. Scratch Win!

sw

32 posted on 02/25/2005 7:12:56 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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