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Arkansas - Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller Pulls Out Of Race for Governor - Asa Huchinson nomination set
KTHV.com ^ | July 19, 2005

Posted on 07/19/2005 2:10:25 PM PDT by HAL9000

Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller has a blood disorder and is ending his race for governor.

The 56-year-old Rockefeller says he was diagnosed in April and that the blood condition could develop into leukemia.

Rockefeller has been campaigning and raising money in the hope of following in his father's footsteps as governor of Arkansas. But his illness will derail that plan.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: asahutchinson; beebe; gopprimary; hutchinson; mikebeebe; rockefeller; winrockefeller

1 posted on 07/19/2005 2:10:26 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
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Rockefeller made his gubernatorial ambitions known in February. He is closing out a second four-year term as lieutenant governor, an office he won in 1996 in a special election after Mike Huckabee ascended to the governorship.

In a news conference moments ago, he said he is immediately leaving the race for governor, saying “effective immediately, I am retiring from this campaign."

Rockefeller, a billionaire, has emphasized economic development in his time in office and has traveled to foreign countries in efforts to rally business to Arkansas. He has also put a premium on literacy and education, saying young people are a resource Arkansas has to develop.

Rockefeller was to have faced former Arkansas congressman Asa Hutchinson in the Republican primary, setting up an expensive battle between two high-profile candidates. Attorney General Mike Beebe remains alone on the Democratic ballot.

Rockefeller has staked out a position in the political center. He's a life member of the National Rifle Association and has also been a board member of The Nature Conservancy.

Rockefeller is the grandson of former Standard Oil chief John D. Rockefeller Junior. The lieutenant governor's father, Winthrop Rockefeller, served as Arkansas governor from 1967 to 1971. The elder Rockefeller's time in office is regarded as a watershed for the state, bringing modern government and civil rights.


2 posted on 07/19/2005 2:16:38 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

KARN radio - Rockefeller says he will complete his current term in office, and he will undergo a bone marrow transplant.


3 posted on 07/19/2005 2:20:00 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

The take a piece from Scripture:

Can anything good come out of the Rockefeller family?


4 posted on 07/19/2005 2:22:26 PM PDT by joyspring777
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To: HAL9000

Asa, Mr. (Hold Door Open for ILLEGALS) Huchinson is a big time loser


5 posted on 07/19/2005 2:26:04 PM PDT by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: sure_fine

Thumbs down on ASA..he's butchered it. Another feckless milktoast nothing. Wow!..I guess I dislike him.


6 posted on 07/19/2005 2:28:51 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanters..with a smiley face!)
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To: HAL9000

I omitted a "t" from Asa Hutchinson's name in the headline. Sorry for the error.


7 posted on 07/19/2005 2:29:27 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: HAL9000

Too bad.

Considering how Asa managed the borders/illegals in HSD, he'd be my last choice---out of either party.


8 posted on 07/19/2005 2:30:11 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: joyspring777
Can anything good come out of the Rockefeller family?

His father, Winthrop Rockefeller, was a hero both in war, and in public service. Without Winthrop Rockefeller, there would be no Republican Party in Arkansas. He moved to Arkansas to make his own life away from the family.

Not only did he create a real Republican Party here, he forced the Democrats to reform their party somewhat and his era saw the end of the old-time brutal Democratic Machine.

Rockefeller faced a Democratic machine that held overwhelming majorities in both houses and attacked him in every way possible, including personally. When he came into office he was a big powerful man and when he left he was broken.

He did much to modernize the state, he quietly oversaw the completion of the integration of the schools that had been an embarassment under the Democratic Faubus junta. He modernized the prison system and ended many abuses there.

Can anything good come out of the Rockefeller family? Well, a hero did here in Arkansas.
9 posted on 07/19/2005 2:38:14 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: HAL9000
Asa Huchinson nomination set

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Asa Huchinson? Another RINO Republican who would not know border security if ten nukes were smuggled in and detonated. He would STILL sugar-coat the problem, or ignore the problem.

10 posted on 07/19/2005 2:40:50 PM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (The Republican'ts have no spine--they ALWAYS cave-in to the RATs.)
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To: Arkinsaw

Not to mention what Winthrop, Sr. did to drastically improve race relations in the state. It was he and NOT the Democrats in the state that did that. The 'Rats were electing and nominating segregationist racists well into the '70s.


11 posted on 07/19/2005 2:42:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*"Justice" is French for Getting Screwed By Liberals*)
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To: Abram; Amish; AuH2ORepublican; axel f; BlackElk; Bonaparte; BroncosFan; Caipirabob; ...

*ping*

Disappointing news out of Arkansas. Win Paul was our best hope for holding the Governorship.


12 posted on 07/19/2005 2:45:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*"Justice" is French for Getting Screwed By Liberals*)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It's THIRD PARTY in Arkansas time for disgruntled, true Conservatives...if there is such and thing and it is not too late.


13 posted on 07/19/2005 2:47:25 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: Arkinsaw

If only he hadn't smashed up all those slot machines -- what a party pooper!


14 posted on 07/19/2005 2:53:32 PM PDT by joey'smom
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To: AmericanInTokyo

3rd party won't get you bubkas in Arkansas. The GOP isn't developed enough yet. Arkansas can't afford a Governor Beeber (sic).


15 posted on 07/19/2005 2:53:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*"Justice" is French for Getting Screwed By Liberals*)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Also, Asa Hutchinson has already lost a major AR race. Twenty years ago he was creamed by the popular Clintoid Sen. Dale Bumper, D-AR.


16 posted on 07/19/2005 3:24:03 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Theodore R.

Dale Bumpers, I should have said, who started out in politics as a foot soldier for Adlai E. Stevenson.


17 posted on 07/19/2005 3:25:23 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree. I met Win Paul some years ago when I was visiting my uncle in Little Rock and he dropped in to visit at my uncle's Quahpaw Towers office. We shot the bull for over an hour talking politics etc. He's a nice guy and a class act and here's hoping he has a speedy recovery and is back in the arena before too long


18 posted on 07/19/2005 4:15:24 PM PDT by Armigerous ( Non permitte illegitimi te carborundum- "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: HAL9000
So sorry to hear him speak of this tonight. What a bummer..

One of my Doctor's was diagnosed with Leukemia, and he is doing just fine now.

God Bless this fine man, and grant him the time to stop and smell the roses..in Rockefeller style..He's earned it.

19 posted on 07/19/2005 4:48:02 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

"Disappointing news out of Arkansas. Win Paul was our best hope for holding the Governorship."



I'm sad to hear that he's ill, but I don't know if he would have been as good a candidate as Asa. Hopefully Rockefeller will get better and run against Pryor in 2008.


20 posted on 07/19/2005 5:41:39 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I think Asa is damaged goods. The fact that he has not won statewide office AND the fact that he may be also confused with his brother are also negative factors. His lack of money compared to WPR was also a factor. Win Paul has proven in every contest that he could prevail. I speak as one who initially backed Asa over Win Paul. I'm hoping we can entice another candidate into the race over Asa. Hell, even Jay Dickey would be an improvement (or Rep. John Boozman). The 'Rats have already coronated one-term wonder AG Mike Beebe for the office.


21 posted on 07/19/2005 7:49:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*"Justice" is French for Getting Screwed By Liberals*)
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To: HAL9000

I was wanting to vote Win Rock over Asa in the nomination but not really campaign for him. At least there shouldn't be a big nomination fight. I'm much more interested in Jim Holt winning the Lt. Governor race.


22 posted on 07/19/2005 8:06:04 PM PDT by pulaskibush
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To: Theodore R.

I suppose to be fair, no one was going to beat Dale Bumpers back then anyway, and who knows if anyone, sans Mike Hukabee, can beat Pyror or Lincoln now.

Sorry to hear about Win Rockefeller. Despite Asa's tin ear for the border, is he good on anything else?


23 posted on 07/21/2005 5:48:30 PM PDT by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Check out this http://arkansastruth.blogpsot.com some serious allegations about Mike Beebe...


24 posted on 08/08/2005 12:34:57 PM PDT by The Truth In Politics
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