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Asa may return to Arkansas
Arkansas News Bureau ^ | 12/03/2004 | Steve Tetreault

Posted on 12/03/2004 3:35:24 PM PST by nanak

WASHINGTON - Asa Hutchinson has been looking for a chance to return to Arkansas and may have been given one Thursday when the White House disclosed former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik will be nominated to head the Department of Homeland Secrity, sources said.

In choosing Kerik, Bush passed over Hutchinson, presently the department's undersecretary for border and transportation security.

With the president's choice now clear, a source close to Hutchinson said Thursday night the Arkansan plans to announce he is leaving the department and will begin laying groundwork to resume a political career back in the state, with the governor's seat a likely target in 2006.

According to friends, Hutchinson has been looking for an opening to close a chapter on his federal service that has included working as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as a top official at the Department of Homeland Security.

"He is definitely not in a huff" over not being pickedto succeed outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, said the source, a longtime associate who said he has spoken to Hutchinson regularly in recent days, including Thursday after Kerik's appointment was disclosed.

"Oh, he is leaving" the homeland security department, the source said. "He's been kind of torn about it, but he is interested in getting back into the political game."

"I have talked to him and he has made that clear," the source said. "He's been talking to people in Arkansas for the past month -- people who might be supporters from a political and a fund-raising perspective."

Hutchinson could not be reached Thursday night. Shannon Galey, spokeswoman at the Department of Homeland Security, said talk of Hutchinson resigning "is merely speculation at this point.

"The undersecretary will make his plans known at a later date," Galey said. "I know he has a lot of personal friends he talks to, but when Asa makes his plans known he will make them known to the president first."


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: asahutchinson; dhs; kerik; term2
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1 posted on 12/03/2004 3:35:25 PM PST by nanak
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To: nanak
Hutchinson ought to be packing his bags for Arkansas. He's been a loser for quite some time. That's not to say Arkansas is a home for losers, just that good 'ol Asa has been a loser for quite some time. Hopefully, Arkansas can either shape him up or kick him down to dog catcher, sometime soon. Arkansas definitely deserves better.
2 posted on 12/03/2004 3:48:24 PM PST by Endeavor
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To: nanak

Pack your freaking carpetbag, lowlife RINO traitor, and go back to wherever the frigging hell you came from, dammit! It's idiot-moron-cretins like you who are compromising America's security. America is ill-served by your seditionist ilk.


3 posted on 12/03/2004 3:54:54 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: nanak

Is Mike Huckabee term limited and not able to seek re-election as Governor? If not, wouldn't this be one heck of a Republican primary? And, if Huckabee is term limited, when is the next U.S. Senate election in Arkansas? From what I understand, he is an INCREDIBLY popular governor and I don't want to see him get out of the game.


4 posted on 12/03/2004 3:59:37 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
Pack your freaking carpetbag, lowlife RINO traitor, and go back to wherever the frigging hell you came from, dammit! It's idiot-moron-cretins like you who are compromising America's security. America is ill-served by your seditionist ilk.

Calm Down. I am not a RINO for your kind information. As far as this DONKEY called ASA HUTCHINSON is concerned, he is following into the footsteps of his RINO brother Tim Hutchinson into political oblivion. For us, that is one less RINO to deal with.

5 posted on 12/03/2004 4:03:44 PM PST by nanak (Tom Tancredo 2008:Last Hope to Save America)
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To: nanak

No, no no no, NOT YOU, n. I'm talking to Hutchin-scum, NOT YOU. Sorry if I mis-directed the reply, FRiend. Truly.


6 posted on 12/03/2004 4:10:52 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I apologize for confusion.

Long Live AMERICAN NATIONALISM.

We need TOM TANCREDO FOR PRESIDENT 2008.


7 posted on 12/03/2004 4:15:38 PM PST by nanak (Tom Tancredo 2008:Last Hope to Save America)
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To: nanak

Assa is a miserable failure. Let him return to the land of double-wides and chicken farms and stay there.

We'll get real Americans loyal to this country to defend the homeland and secure the borders.


8 posted on 12/03/2004 4:19:04 PM PST by StoneColdGOP (She calls me *Mini-Merc*)
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To: nanak

Let me add my voice to the crowd saying: Asa, get your sorry ass back to Arkasas!

What a poor excuse for a man.


9 posted on 12/03/2004 4:26:12 PM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Howlin

Well, the idjits are out early. Must have hit happy hour already.


10 posted on 12/03/2004 4:31:33 PM PST by sinkspur ("It is a great day to be alive. I appreciate your gratitude." God Himself.)
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To: eno_; Howlin
What a poor excuse for a man.

See what I mean, Howlin? Not only is it enough to trash the job Hutchinson did, these knuckle-draggers have to trash the man himself.

FR has become a loony bin since the election, with all the Birchers and Buchananites crawling back out of the woodwork.

11 posted on 12/03/2004 4:33:37 PM PST by sinkspur ("It is a great day to be alive. I appreciate your gratitude." God Himself.)
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To: gubamyster

ping


12 posted on 12/03/2004 4:34:17 PM PST by raybbr
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To: nanak
Asa Hutchinson delivered Arkansas for Pres Bush in 2000. Congressman Asa Hutchinson was an outstanding manager during the Clinton impeachment. When Asa Hutchinson was involved in Arkansas politics, we elected Tim Hutchinson senator, Mike Huckabee as Lt. Gov and Asa and Jay Dickey as Congressmen. Since Asa moved on, we have one lone Congressman, and a term limited Governor Huckabee. I sincerely hope that Asa Hutchinson comes back to Arkansas, where he will be welcomed by those Republicans in the state who appreciate his dedication to the Republican party and his success in building a party that carries clout. Pres Bush asked Asa to serve as deputy to Tom Ridge for Homeland Security, and his loyalty was then and is now, to the President. All of the vituperative posts against Asa Hutchinson are from uninformed persons who have not stated just what their grief with him is. I gather it has to do with immigration reform and his main fault is that he is not Tom Tancredo. Asa is not a RINO and has done his job within the framework of his agency. All of you need to get a grip.
13 posted on 12/03/2004 4:57:43 PM PST by mountainfolk (God bless President George Bush)
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To: sinkspur

So, you're here to DEFEND Asa Hutchinson's position on illegal aliens and border control?

You think Hutchinson knows better than the people here who want secure borders and illegals removed?


14 posted on 12/03/2004 5:05:12 PM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: mountainfolk

Hey, Asa can be governor of Arkansas as long as he likes. Just keep him the heck away from anything that affects MY life.


15 posted on 12/03/2004 5:06:57 PM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: Endeavor

Asa Hutchinson is a great person. I think that you might have him mixed up with his brother Tim.


16 posted on 12/03/2004 5:07:39 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: eno_
You said "Hutchinson is a poor excuse for a man."

That is an ignorant, gratuitously cruel statement.

I'm not here to defend his position.

Your ridiculous comment was way out of line.

17 posted on 12/03/2004 5:10:49 PM PST by sinkspur ("It is a great day to be alive. I appreciate your gratitude." God Himself.)
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I am very glad that 'Asa' was passed over. His lack of backbone disqualified him. And I am glad he is leaving. I hope Kerik takes this a cue that he needs someone to actually enforce our immigration laws in there. Given Kerik's track record, if he takes border enforcement as one of his issues, things will change dramatically. I hope President Bush tells him to enforce our laws...and he does so.


18 posted on 12/03/2004 5:11:01 PM PST by blanknoone (The two big battles left in the War on Terror are against our State dept and our media.)
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To: mountainfolk

Yes, he has done an excellent job in welcoming illegal aliens.

Asa "The Donkey" Hutchinson is very loyal person, I agree. He is very loyal to the open borders crowd. Asa is very loyal in being disloyal to our motherland AMERICA.

Asa going back to ARKANSAS; good riddance.


19 posted on 12/03/2004 5:12:19 PM PST by nanak (Tom Tancredo 2008:Last Hope to Save America)
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To: eno_

As I said, Asa Hutchinson delivered Arkansas for presidential candidate George Bush in 2000. The outcome of that election actually did affect you as an American citizen.


20 posted on 12/03/2004 5:17:54 PM PST by mountainfolk (God bless President George Bush)
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