January 24, 2005


Hutchinson to Resign From DHS (Lara Jakes Jordan, January 24, 2005, The Associated Press)

A top Homeland Security Department official resigned his post Monday after he was passed over twice by the Bush administration to be secretary of the agency.

Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, in charge of border and transportation security issues, submitted his letter of resignation to the White House early Monday morning, said a DHS official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the resignation had not yet been announced.

Hutchinson is a former Arkansas congressman and former federal drug czar who is believed to be considering a run for Arkansas governor next year. His resignation is expected to be effective March 1.

"It was just a good time to change for me personally and for the department," Hutchinson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which first reported his plans. [...]

Hutchinson, 54, has said that he was disappointed that he wasn't selected to be secretary but is excited about other options, including a possible run for Arkansas governor in 2006.

He'll be a formidable candidate for any office he chooses to run for in Arkansas.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2005 12:01 PM

The first-term state AG is the likely Dem candidate for governor--Hutchinson would certainly start the campaign as the favorite.

Posted by: AC at January 24, 2005 5:09 PM

Rockefeller may very well get the Republican nomination for Governor.

Posted by: h-man at January 24, 2005 6:13 PM

It would seem that Hutchinson's treatment in DC, where even a complete zero like Christie Todd Witless got to run the EPA, would indicate that the political cognoscenti don't think too highly of him. Also, his brother had significant ethical issues back home, and it is truly difficult to imagine what ethical issues would cause one to be rejected by Arkansas voters.

My guess is he'll go back kicking and screaming into well-merited obscurity.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 9:04 AM

If he was Jewish, black, Latino or female he'd have the job. Because he isn't he'll win elections in Arkansas.

Posted by: oj at January 25, 2005 10:39 AM