July 19, 2005


Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller Pulls Out Of Race (KTHV, 7/19/05)

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, called Myeloproliferative Disorder, could develop into leukemia. [...]

Former congressman and Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson says he is saddened by news of Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller's illness. Hutchinson and Rockefeller were to face off in the 2006 Republican primary for governor.

Hutchinson said after Rockefeller's announcement that he was "totally shocked and surprised" when Rockefeller called him shortly before this afternoon's announcement.

Hutchinson says he and his wife Susan will keep Rockefeller and his family in their prayers. Attorney General Mike Beebe, a Democrat running for governor, also sent his prayers to Rockefeller and his family.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2005 2:45 PM

Don't Democrats hold both Senate seats and didn't Hutchinson's brother have more than a few ethical problems of significance?

Don't count your seats before you win them.

Posted by: bart at July 19, 2005 6:43 PM


Yes, Blanche Lincoln is one of the two or three most conservative Democrats (along with Ben Nelson) now that Zell's retired. And Mark Pryor, son of a Senator and a moderate, edged Tim Hutchinson who ditched his wife.

Posted by: oj at July 19, 2005 7:23 PM

It doesn't matter whether they are 'conservative Democrats', 'moderate' Democrats, or monarchist Democrats. They still vote for Harry Reid to be Majority Leader and they still vote to filibuster the Boltons of the world. That is what counts.

A Democrat in the Arkansas State House would send patronage the way of his Democrat partners and contributors and would fraud up elections to allow the cemetery and the felon vote, so that Dems could win. That matters.

Posted by: bart at July 20, 2005 8:49 AM

Yes, so if they have someone more conservative, better known, and better funded than Hutchinson they might be able to win back the governorship.

Posted by: oj at July 20, 2005 8:53 AM