Monday, August 29, 2005

What Race Will Chuck Banks Enter?

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

With Asa Hutchinson the only Republican in the Governor's race, attention within the GOP shifts to other races on the ticket. Little Rock attorney Chuck Banks has raised a pile of money, much of it from big donors who normally give to Democrats, to run for something. Though Rick Calhoun has pledged to dip into his vast personal wealth to fund his campaign for Lt. Governor, Banks has actually raised more money from others than any GOP candidate except Asa. What is this man going to run for?

Here at Arkansas Watch we have been suggesting all along that it would not be Lt. Governor. Now that the GOP has rallied around former Congressman Asa Hutchinson it won't be for Governor either. Our chips are now stacked on the bet that Banks will run for Attorney General.

We are now getting rumours from the grapevine that party dignataries have talked to Banks about just that. The move makes sense. AG is not as social-issue oriented as some other offices, so it won't hurt as much if he is left of the grassroots. Mainly though, Banks has a better resume for AG than any other state-wide office. It makes no sense to have four serious candidates for Lt. Governor while leaving the AG slot open. GOP strategists have often been hit with barbs from this keyboard, but they are at least smart enough to know that they should spread their talent out some.

One potential draw back is that AG is definitely a full time position. Banks would have to suspend his lucrative law practice. Lt. Governor is considered a part-time position by some, though at least one candidate has pledged to work at it full time if elected. Even as Lt. Governor, one would imagine there would be some cases Banks would have to turn down due to the office.

It is your turn. What do you think Chuck Banks will run for? Can he win that office and why or why not? How would Banks throwing in for AG effect the Lt. Governor's race?

10:29 PM, August 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would make him look like an opportunist, just like Jim LaGRone has become

5:49 AM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post is utter nonsense. You are just spreading a rumor you think will help Jim Holt. I know Chuck Banks. He is not considering running for Attorney General. Chuck may not run for Lt. Governor, but if doesn't it won't be because he wants to run for Attorney General.

If Chuck stays in the race, it will be a two man race between himself and Rick Calhoun. I know this makes you mad because you live in a fantasy were Jim Holt actually has a chance. Money is what determines races. Chuck and Calhoun will have it, Holt and Matayo won't. So, this will be a two man race.

6:48 AM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I am not sure that it helps Jim if Banks drops out. Banks is to the left of the other contenders. He takes votes from whoever the secular socially liberal Republicans would otherwise vote for- and that ain't Jim Holt!!!

If Banks stays in, it helps insure a runoff. Jim Holt's supporters are pretty committed. I think that they would be more motivated than the supporters of the other people to show up in a run-off election. A run-off election favors Holt, and Banks leaving would reduce the chances of that.

If money determined everything, Ross Perout would have won and Bill Gates would win in 08. 70% of Republican primary voters voted for Jim Holt less than two years ago. The two guys you name will have to spend every penny they have and more just to get even with Jim in recognition, and Jim has a reputation for not going left in office that cannot be bought for any price.

If the money those guys have was collected from the GOP base then you might have a point that it represents real support. Instead you have 1) Calhoun self-funding (I predict he will buy himself a very expensive ego-trip to nowhere), and 2) Banks getting $1,000 contributions from people who normally give to Democrats. Neither instance represents true commmittment from the GOP base.

Now I am interested in this part where you say you know Mr. Banks, and that he may not run for Lt. Governor and defintely not AG. He has raised a lot of money, but you say he may not run for anything. "If Chuck stays in the race" you say. Why wouldn't he stay in the race, if his hand is as strong as you say it is? How certain is Chuck Banks that he will even run?

8:05 AM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I hope LaGrone is not just an opportunist. I like the guy, and Holt does too.

8:06 AM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards said...

To the guy who thinks we are in a fantasy world for upholding principles. You said that it is all about who has the most money. You have been conditioned to repeat this nonsense. As a matter of fact I would accept the vote from a street person as I would from a self serving person of wealth.I respect folks at all levels. If you want to see what counts,or for you for laughs, go to my campaign website.

10:11 AM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has no credibility. Chuck has no plans to run for AG. If he doesn't run for Lt. Governor it will be because he doesn't feel he can fulfill the work of the Lt. Governor and maintain his Law Practice.

Jim Holt is a boob. Everyone in the state knows it. You site his "Overwhelming Victory" in the 2004 Republican Primary as evidence of his strength. Are you really that stupid? Jim Holt beat a former cast member of the Beverly Hillbillies, and a disgraced former Sheriff. Those two dim-witted rubes had a combined $20,000. Jim got his ass beat by Blanche Lincoln last year. losing by 12% of the vote is an ass-whipping.

If Chuck does get out of this race Holt may have a chance to win the Primary, and that is a sad fact for conservatives in Arkansas. If Holt wins it means that we will have lost a chance to have true conservative leadership in Arkansas.

11:15 AM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck is a good guy and would make a good AG or Lt. Governor. I just don't think he realizes how much work it will take to get elected.

12:55 PM, August 30, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

My anonymous, but aren't you a tough guy spewing insults hidden behind your keyboard! What a through contempt you display for so many of your fellow humans.

I clearly can't compete with such lofty logic and well-reasoned responses. You and I are not in the same class, that is clear. Perhaps I should just bow out of our discussion, since we are not on the same level.

Notice that I did not report that Chuck Banks was planning on running for AG, only that some party dignitaries approached him about it. If you are as well-connected to Chuck Banks as you let on, then he has doubtless rebuffed their solicitations. That is his right. I am not here to trash Banks. Perhaps your association with him is in itself a testimony to the spirit that the man would bring to our state government.

7:37 PM, August 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Chuck, but I've heard some things about his position on abortion. Anyone who support Chuck want to explain?

12:07 PM, August 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all who continue attacking State Senator Jim Holt of Springdale, thanks for continuing to show your total ignorance and mean spirited natures. If there is a legitimate reason, other than your own self-gratification, to continue writing such attacks, please be specefic on the issues you feel so strongly don't sit well with your "conservative" values. Banks is on record as pro-choice, that is a fact, not innuendo or political spin. Banks was asked to run, prior to Mr. Rockefeller being diagnosed with cancer for one reason only, to appeal to the small percentage of moderate republican voters in the primary. If the state GOP were not splintered into so many factions, perhaps there would be some real opportunity to level the representation in all branches of our state government. Until people who call themselves conservative can begin uniting for a common cause, Arkansas will remain in control of the Democrats who have given us a century of policies and legislation that has kept our state at the bottom of practically every category economically and socially. For all you who worship at the alter of political money, and have the belief that the almighty dollar is all that wins political races, do some homework and take a look at modern history, there fortunately are still some people that are capable of running campaigns at the grassroots level and winning. It has been done many times over in states much larger than Arkansas, and it is a more viable means of influencing the public one on one, versus thirty seconds of air that travels in one ear and out the other of a public that is constantly bomabarded with electronic media messages. On a positive note, keep writing the negative comments about Senator Holt, it is a free country as I stated, just make sure you spell the name right and continue all this free promotion for a man that you act as if you know, when it is obvious you have made no effort to personally meet with him and ask specefic questions to affirm your ridiculous comments. United we stand, divided we fall.

7:31 AM, September 06, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards for State Representative said...

Well heres my two cents again. I got to warn you first though that I am not an intellectual genius either. I also dont try to decide for others that they are incompetent and dont realize how hard it is to run a race. If it were easy then the anonymous of the world would be running the races and not being the intellectual armchair quarterback. Throw me another tackle please. There is good and bad in all folks and that is why there is always going to be those who know best. I am happy just to be able use my God given ability to be able to understand my constituents needs, nothing more , except to translate those needs to where they will do the best good.

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