Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Arkansas GOP still lacking a candidate
The Hill ^ | JUNE 24, 2003 | Peter Savodnik

Posted on 06/24/2003 11:31:12 AM PDT by Pubbie

Arkansas Republicans are growing increasingly desperate to find a challenger to take on Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln next year.

For months, Little Rock Republicans pinned their hopes on either Gov. Mike Huckabee or Asa Hutchinson, a former congressman and now a Department of Homeland Security undersecretary.

But Hutchinson says he’s not running. And Huckabee, who’s been embroiled in a series of highly charged budget and education debates at the state Legislature, says he hasn’t made up his mind.

So Republicans are turning to a raft of possible second- and third-tier candidates with limited political experience and no statewide elections under their belts.

Marty Ryall, Arkansas’s Republican Party chairman, declined to name anyone the GOP is looking at except Andy Lee, former sheriff of Benton County, in the conservative northwest corner of the state.

“Each day that goes by when we don’t have a candidate … is not good, I guess,” Ryall said. But he added, “Whoever gets in, it’s not too late.”

One critical factor that may be dissuading some Republicans from considering a race is Lincoln, who enjoys considerable popularity and a bulging campaign coffer. The first-term Democrat, a Senate Finance Committee member, won accolades at home for fighting for “refundability” — child tax credits for parents who are too poor to pay taxes — in the recent tax debate.

And she’s reeled in plenty of money for the race: So far in the second quarter of 2003, Lincoln has raised roughly $550,000, bringing her total cash on hand to $1.6 million, Lincoln spokesman Drew Goesl said.

Goesl added that Lincoln’s campaign team expects that figure to go up considerably in the closing weeks of June, the end of the second-quarter period for filing reports to the Federal Election Commission.

Republicans thinking about challenging Lincoln also could be waiting for Huckabee to make a move. State Republican officials have said the governor is their first choice.

Ryall added that the governor is unlikely to make an announcement about the race until September, when the Legislature convenes a special session to debate school consolidation.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Editorial; Extended News; Free Republic; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: 2004; arkansas; asa; asahutchinson; blanchelincoln; huckabee; hutchinson; lincoln; mikehuckabee; senate

1 posted on 06/24/2003 11:31:13 AM PDT by Pubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ; Theodore R.; Nathaniel Fischer; AuH2ORepublican; LdSentinal; Kuksool; Coop; ...
I wouldn't be so sure about Asa Hutchinson not running.

Although he said "he has no plans to run for senate", he also said it would be very hard to say no to the White House if they ask him to run.
2 posted on 06/24/2003 11:32:38 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Although [Asa Hutchinson] said "he has no plans to run for senate", he also said it would be very hard to say no to the White House if they ask him to run.

Jim Edgar said the same thing in Illinois, about a week or two before the White House asked him and he said "No".

3 posted on 06/24/2003 11:41:04 AM PDT by RonF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Is there a GOP female official in Arkansas who recently had triplets?
4 posted on 06/24/2003 11:42:39 AM PDT by ken5050
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RonF
Jim Edgar said the same thing in Illinois, about a week or two before the White House asked him and he said "No".

Jim Edgar was (is) on an ego trip. He would have said yes if his list of demands was met.

5 posted on 06/24/2003 11:52:36 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Besides folk hero Sheriff Andy Lee, Gunner DeLay is also waiting for Huckabee to make up his mind.
6 posted on 06/24/2003 11:53:49 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RonF
"Jim Edgar said the same thing in Illinois"

Actually he said he would think about it. THere were media reports that he was going to run, but Edgar himself never gave as strong an indication as Asa Hutchinson did.
7 posted on 06/24/2003 11:54:15 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ
What was his list of demands? And where were they documented?
8 posted on 06/24/2003 11:54:25 AM PDT by RonF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: ken5050
nope
9 posted on 06/24/2003 11:57:18 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ
"Sheriff Andy Lee, Gunner DeLay is also waiting for Huckabee to make up his mind."

Huckabee is a jerk. Hutchinson is probably also waiting for the Govna to make up his damn mind!

10 posted on 06/24/2003 11:58:44 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Well, boys..start trying....there's time to impregnate a candidate...
11 posted on 06/24/2003 11:58:48 AM PDT by ken5050
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: RonF
What was his list of demands? And where were they documented?

He wanted something like $3 mil from the NRSC, preferential seating on multiple key senate committees, and some other things. Frist rejected the demands; he wasn't about to give that kind of special treatment and piss off every other senator to get some RINO into the senate. The demands were either the subject or quoted on a FR thread, not sure where.

Here we go: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/911086/posts, without much comment.

12 posted on 06/24/2003 12:10:15 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I barbeque with Sweet Baby Ray's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ
Interesting. I can see asking for the money; why should he impoverish himself? And that way he doesn't get hung out to dry if things go badly. But the post-election committee demands are something else.
13 posted on 06/24/2003 12:13:09 PM PDT by RonF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ
How reliable is the American Spectator?
14 posted on 06/24/2003 12:13:45 PM PDT by RonF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
If the Hildebeast can invade New York and run for the Sinate, Rudy Giuliani should be able to do the same in Arkansas...not that he'd ever want to, but it could be a lot of fun!
15 posted on 06/24/2003 12:46:19 PM PDT by Ed_in_NJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #16 Removed by Moderator

To: Michael Milken
"but how good an idea would it be to have another "Hutchinson" on the ballot after one was just defeated?"

He'll have over a year to distiguish himself from his brother. Also Asa has relatively good name recognition in the State anyway.

He supposedly has ambitions to become Governor in 2006, but If Bush asked him to fight Lincoln, he said it would be hard to say no.
17 posted on 06/24/2003 12:59:41 PM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie; JohnnyZ; Theodore R.; Nathaniel Fischer; AuH2ORepublican; LdSentinal; Kuksool; Coop; ...
Well, I just hope Asa makes up his mind soon. Huckabee may be damaged goods now. I still think Win Paul Rockefeller might be a good option as he can self-finance himself. It'd be interesting to see him join his West Virginny cousin in the Senate...
18 posted on 06/24/2003 2:00:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie; azhenfud
Oh ye of little faith. The White House or the RNC will appoint someone to run. Out of state? Doesn't matter. Don't you realize it's not the place of the people in the actual state to nominate someone?!? They're just supposed to blindly vote for whoever the national parties tell them to vote for!! Here in NC we were stuck with a d#mn transplant RINO named Dolt to run against a former Clinton appointee. You see, both parties have forgotten the words of Federal Republic and choose to play musical chairs with elected officials. Man, I bet the Founders would be proud!!
19 posted on 06/24/2003 2:29:25 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billbears
Here we go again, bashing Dole w/o any facts to back it up. The only facts are that she has voted conservative 100% of the time so far. It is not possible to do any better.
20 posted on 06/24/2003 2:43:52 PM PDT by ACAC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Such poor preparation is inexcusable in my opinion. Arkansas is ripe for the picking: Blanche Lincoln is a 'rat that can be beaten, given the Republican bent of the electorate there. Hutchinson self-destructed in the last election cycle, and the result is a BUSH STATE with two 'rat Senators: like the Dakotas, this MUST NOT STAND.

Please, Arkansas Republicans, get it together and find a replacement for that whinin' Sin-ator Lincoln.

I saw her on the Senate floor today, twang and all, and I'm thinking, "How nice it would be for Blanche to be out of a job in 2005."

21 posted on 06/24/2003 2:53:42 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Recovering_Democrat
Such poor preparation is inexcusable in my opinion. Arkansas is ripe for the picking

The same could be said for the senate races in Washington, California, New York, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Indiana. Outside of the South, candidate recruiting is looking terrible for Republicans in the 2004 senate races. If Thune and Gibbons don't run in SD and NV our only hope of picking up seats may be in the 4 contiguous southern states.

22 posted on 06/24/2003 3:01:28 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: ACAC
And I've provided the facts. But this is what it really boils down to. Do you believe the citizens of a respective state have the right to elect who they want without outside interference from the national government or national organizations? If so, you believe in the intent of the Founders. If not, you believe in the questionable acts done by both parties every day
23 posted on 06/24/2003 3:12:07 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
Is it just me or does Andy Lee remind you at all of former Rep. Tommy Robinson?
24 posted on 06/24/2003 4:13:02 PM PDT by MainstreamConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: MainstreamConservative
Robinson was a character. It's too bad he received no support last year in his race against Marion Berry, though I think he is considered a nuisance now.
25 posted on 06/24/2003 4:25:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: ACAC; billbears
Key words, "so far". North Carolina is a beautiful state, but it "cannot change a leopard's stripes".
26 posted on 06/24/2003 7:29:42 PM PDT by azhenfud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
Jay Dickey also bombed out in his rematch with Ross.
27 posted on 06/25/2003 4:49:06 AM PDT by Impy (Sharpton/Byrd 2004!! The Slave/Massa Ticket!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: billbears
Who interfered in North Carolina's right to vote for who they want?
28 posted on 06/25/2003 9:33:30 AM PDT by lasereye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: lasereye
Who interfered in North Carolina's right to vote for who they want?

We had several good candidates in this state that have lived in this state and knew the concerns of the citizens of this state. However, the RNC 'decided' that we needed someone to run against Erskine Bowles. Mind you the Democrats are no better at it. Four months before the primaries it was practically decided by the major news organizations that Dole had won. Signs for the two 'local' candidates showed up less and by primary day, Liddy won something like 80% of the Republican vote. Of course, don't mind the Wal Mart mailer that went out statewide with her face on the front with the message 'Elizabeth Dole wants you to read this'. Mind you the mailer was about education but we're talking about voters. Most wouldn't bother even opening it up to see what it was about

29 posted on 06/25/2003 9:59:40 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
"Robinson was a character."

You got that right.

"It's too bad he received no support last year in his race against Marion Berry"

It probably would have been a waste of cash. Frankly, Mr. Robinson reminds me of Harold Stassen: a has been who refuses to acknowledge he had his fifteen minutes, and their up.

"though I think he is considered a nuisance now."

If he has to run for office, let him run for sheriff. He had some of his best days there. :-)
30 posted on 06/25/2003 12:46:07 PM PDT by MainstreamConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: billbears
God, I get so sick of people like this sometimes. Perhaps you would have rather had Bowles in there? Bush cleared the field because Dole would win. Period. He knew she would, and she did. We now control the senate. Would you have rather we run one of those 'better' candidates and have us not control the Senate?

31 posted on 06/25/2003 3:08:15 PM PDT by zbigreddogz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: MainstreamConservative
He wasn't running in the same seat he represented (he initially served in the Little Rock seat), since he has moved out to rural Eastern AR. I'm not sure he would've done much better against Snyder had he run there.
32 posted on 06/25/2003 5:22:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~Remember, it's not sporting to fire at RINO until charging~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: zbigreddogz
God, I get so sick of people like this sometimes.

Well I get sick of compromise too. Your point?

Perhaps you would have rather had Bowles in there? Bush cleared the field because Dole would win. Period. He knew she would, and she did

Maybe you could point out to me anywhere in the Constitution or in the writings of the men that were influential in founding this nation where national politics is supposed to have an influence on who is and is not elected within a state. Last time I checked, the original intent was for Senators to represent the motives of their state

We now control the senate. Would you have rather we run one of those 'better' candidates and have us not control the Senate?

Boy howdy do 'we' control it. Heck, we'll have another government boondoggle (nationalized healthcare) through quicker than you can say conservative. Man I'm so glad the 'conservatives' are in control. What say we just go ahead and round up all the Assault Weapons while we're at it, eh? Liddy doesn't like them either and since she's a 'conservative' we should all do what she says right? BTW, do you live in this state? Because if you don't, and listen reeaaalll clear now, it's none of your business who we do and do not elect to represent the interests of the people of the sovereign state of North Carolina

33 posted on 06/25/2003 5:47:30 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: ken5050
Run Asa Run!

Freepers, rather than waiting to see what happens with Estrada, we need to take the lead. That means presuring Senators, special interest groups, media organizations, etc. This thread is meant to be an ongoing effort to get this man confirmed. For too many years liberals have had their way on the courts. Now, President Bush is in a position to move the courts to the right. The election of '02 showed that the country is with the President. I think it's time to let Daschle, Hillary, and Pelosi know this is Bush country. Are you with me! Let's FREEP these people.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/847037/posts
34 posted on 06/25/2003 7:35:02 PM PDT by votelife (FREE MIGUEL ESTRADA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson