Skip to comments.Arkansas - Rockefeller decides to run for governor
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."
The Democratic opposition will probably be Wesley Clark or Attorney General Mike Beebe. Either of them would be a formidable opponent.
This and the Lynn Swann news,things are shaping up.
Namedrop: This is my boss's former brother in law.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.???????
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 ...
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.
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.
I should have thought of that....thanks
What is his relation to Nelson?
Before the term RINO, we called the republican left wing "Rockefeller Republicans".
Is this Win Rockefeller below his father?
Arkansas' Murderous Ways
October 22, 1998
Bill Clinton doesnt 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. Ill identify him only as "Rock."
Rock was very impressed by my work, and even asked me to speak on the subject of Vincent Fosters death to an organization he headed.
One cant 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 Wins 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 Clintons 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 wasnt.
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 Rockefellers 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 wont 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 pilots action meant: probable combustion of the plane and death for them.
One of the troopers came up with the bright idea of using the planes fire ax to break through the floor to examine the landing gear.
Circling above Memphis, the troopers cut a wide hole in the jets 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 doesnt 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.
Rocks 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 governors 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.
Rockefellers 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 states 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 governors 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 Clintons, Trooper Patterson told me, that Lasater had free access to the governors 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 Clintons 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.
What was the Lynn Swann news?
Just tell me where to send the GOP $$$.
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
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.
Aren't the Rockefellers one of the 13 Illuminati families?
So that is why he sent me a Christmas card!:-)
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.