posted by Mr. Toast at Tuesday, July 19, 2005
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Arkansas Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller said Tuesday he was abandoning his run for governor, an office his father held for two terms, because of a blood disorder that could eventually turn into leukemia.Rockefeller, 56, said that after consulting his medical team that it would be unfair to his political supporters to continue his campaign against former Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson for the 2006 Republican nomination for governor."Effective immediately I am retiring from this campaign," Rockefeller said at a news conference at state Republican Party headquarters. "We're doing a bone marrow transplant and getting this under control."(Read more...)Our prayers for the Rockefeller family. AW Bloggers: What are your thoughts on how this affects the Republican primary and/or the general election in '06?
This has taken me by surprise. I feel for him and his family.
First let me say all Arkansans and certinly Republicans should be grateful for the service of Winn Rockefeller. He has served us proundly , We should all continue to pray for him and his family . At times like this politics seem to be unimportant , but to folks who leave and breathe by Cspan and Newsmax we cant ignore the political side of it.I had just last week was named Little River county coordinator for Asa`s campaign and was so looking forward to an informed debate between the two camps. I belive it would have been excellant for the party as well as the state. This campaign hasnt even started yet , thats why I belive this primary will heat up again. Theres no way "The Rockefeller Republicans" will let us run away with the nomination someone will step up and carry the torch for the more libreal wing of the party.Who?your guess is as good as mind
Please excuse my grammer in the last post I wrote it in word and copied it without reading it last time I do that
I hate that Winn had to leave the race on these conditions. Politics aside I hate for someone to become so ill that their career must come to and end.
Thanks for posting this Toast.We certainly wish Lt. Gov. Rockefeller well. His recovery should be in our thoughts and prayers. He has already added his name to that of his father in the role of Arkansans who have served their state well.
As far as the political ramifications of this tragic event goes, I believe that Lucas Roebuck has nailed it.Here is the core of his analysis from ROEBUCKREPORT.com..."First, Hutchinson will no longer have to compete with Rockefeller in wooing money from the GOP base. Also, many GOP donors who may have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to see who emerged from the primary are now freed up to move their politically earmarked funds.Second, the potentially millions of dollars that would have been spend by both Rockefeller and Hutchinson in the May 2006 primary (mostly on TV and direct mail) shooting at each other will now instead be spend tearing at Beebe.Thirdly, without Hutchinson and Rockefeller trying to out “conservative” each other to win primary voters, Asa can now spend time posturing his strengths that would appeal to moderate voters. If a primary had happened, Asa would have had to invest in a primary message and then switch to a general message, which often makes a candidate appear as a panderer and sometimes creates the illusion of inconsistency."
The other consequence is that the Lt. Governor's primary race will get even more attention on the Republican side.
So who are WE going to present as a candidate?
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