Thursday, March 09, 2006

Deal Cut: Halter switches to Lt. Governor

Bill Halter announced today that he will file for Lt. Governor, not Governor. This move means Mike Bebee will not have a primary opponent and can hold onto his war chest. It also means the strong supporters of Wooldridge, Hathorn, and Martin have just seen their guy thrown under the Bebee Bus.

Share your thoughts on the impact this will have on the race. Will Clinton be more inclined to jump in and help the Democratic ticket? Will Halter win the demo primary?

26 Comments:

Anonymous Please Jim, Don't waste it! said...

Jim Holt's chances of winning the general election just lowered quite a bit.

Why doesn't Holt switch to another race such as Auditor or Land Commissioner. He could win that race and then run for Governor when his term is up.

I really don't want to see Jim Holt lose this election because once he has lost two statewide elections, it will definately be hard for him to recover. He has a great mind, but this seems to be a waste.

3:05 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is good advice, most people have serious doubts about Holt's electibility in the general.

We need to back someone who has a great chance of garnering Conservative and moderate voters not just someone who can get votes from the homeschool set.

4:41 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Halter against Holt. What a contrast, one that people anywhere would recognize. There would be a true choice for candidates here. No blurring of the issues. People know Halter is a Clinton man but not the politician Clinton is. He was appointed by Bill Clinton and served under him and wants a lottery in Arkansas plus no telling how many other liberal and progressive ideas. Most of his money comes from out of state and from special interests. Who would the people in Arkansas vote for? A man with Halter's qualities or one with Senator Holt's qualities who stands with the majority of the people vote after vote and time after time; on marriage amendment, bond plan, illegal alien issue against government control and government growth and is so opposed to tax increases that he voted against his own pay raise three times. I see how Holt could easily win against Halter. He is the best contrast for Halter of any of the other candidates. Halter stands for what Arkansas is tired of. Holt stands for what they are looking for.

6:33 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous The Insider said...

Holt does not.

Blanche Lincoln is more liberal than Halter and Arkansas supported her.

Halter has the money and the support and will blow Holt away. I really hope Jim Holt understands this!

6:39 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To post at 6:39 Blanche Lincoln was an entrenched encumbent. There is a big difference! You know how hard it is to defeat an encumbent. Please provide evidence that Lincoln is more liberal than Halter or give details as to why you think this. If you are appointed by Clinton and work in a powerful position, how can you be less liberal than Lincoln.

Is Banks' money going to match Halter's? How is he going to win it then with no name recognition in the state.

Are you a Republican or a Democrat

7:31 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not all bad for the GOP. A lot of dems sound really ANGRY with Halter and Bebee over on the liberal Arktimes blog. Here is a sample of their invective...

One word : Deceptive

We knew that he was going to do this. Lie about running for Gov. Raise money and switch. You Screwed the Press, Gen. Clark, Bill Clinton, and now the People of Arkansas.

Bill you Lying SOB... It only make since that you have Ron Oliver working for you. He hate Clark, Clinton and the people...

Incoherent? Sure, but these are liberals. The point is that the strongest supporters of the other three guys are not going like the way Bebee threw their candidates under the buss to avoid a primary challenge. They may not rally round the winner if it is Halter.

How much this hurts Bebee and Halter depends on how much HARDCORE support each of the others has.

7:57 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I talked to Jim Holt today. He is not in the least upset about this for his own race. He had a "bring him on" attitude.

He ran against someone who was an incumbant with ten million dollars and universal name ID, and who was falsely perceived as a moderate. Holt is raising money at at least triple the rate he did at this point in his last race, and his own name ID is far better than it was last time.

Half of Halter's money is coming from his own pockets. He has almost no money from Arkansans. Holt has probably outraised Halter in Arkansas dollars.

No, Holt is not afraid to face Bill Halter.

8:15 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the issue of Holt v Halter: Even though Halter is a democrat who isn't even garnering the entire support of his party, he is a Democrat. Just in case you weren't paying attention Arkansans like Democrats. Holt is more from the Constitutional party than Republican.

When was the last time a member of the Constituional party won state-wide office?

Do we really want the people to choose between the Constitutional party and Democratic party? Lets support a Republican.

8:17 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take a guy who supports the Constitution.

9:42 PM, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt should go for Treasure. It would seriously boost his chances of winning. Just look at Lagrone. He left the Lt. race for the Sec. of State. He is now see has having a great chance of winning. If Holt is serious about winning he should go for treasure. He could win there.

6:22 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make no sense other than you want an uncontested primary for your loser candidate. If he can't beat Holt, he doesn't get in. Get used to the idea.

And if you country clubbers would stop trying to attack good candidates in your own party who win their nominations fair-and-square, you'd have more conservatives in office instead of the usual spineless, uninspiring windbags that many are accustomed to.

8:34 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger The Partisan Arkansan said...

A Holt V Halter showdown would be great. It would showcase the real
differences between true working family Arkansans and the "yuppie lets get a lottery and fix all our problems Arkansans" that seem to inhabit the Metro areas of centreal Arkansas. As far as the primary goes If you support Banks or Mayeto lets debate the issues and allow the people to see how and what your candidate would do if elected.

10:47 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any of our guys could whip Halter now. His career is done. He lied to the voters and cut some kind of corrupt deal with Beebe. Halter isn't what we have to worry about. He won't make it past May 23. It's the other candidates I'm worried about.

4:16 PM, March 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when did the people stop supporting people that lied. Peoplesupported Clinton all the way through all his lies and immoral things he did.

8:09 PM, March 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matayo should go for Treasure. It would seriously boost his chances of winning. Just look at Lagrone. He left the Lt. race for the Sec. of State. He is now see has having a great chance of winning. If Matayo is serious about winning he should go for treasure. He could win there.

8:51 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you read this from the Arkansas Times Blog "Beebe said he could see an expanded role for the lieutenant governor, assuming that person is someone he could work with. (All of the Democratic candidates and one Republican candidate fit that description, he said, but he wouldn't name the Republican.)"

Which Republican was he talking about?

Senator Jim Holt? No
Rep Doug Matayo? No
Chuck Banks? I think Bebee could work with his former classmate.

11:47 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Beebe said he could see an expanded role for the lieutenant governor, assuming that person is someone he could work with."
Like he thinks he is going to win? Get ready for Hutchinson-Holt to sweep in November!

12:20 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt will not be sweeping anything except his kitchen floor when he loses the race.
Shame shame. He is such a wonderful guy.

I would love to have Holt at Lt. Gov but he can't beat the Democrats.

I would love to have Maytayo as Lt. Gov but he can't be the Democrats.

I don't want Chuck Banks as Lt. Gov but he is certainly better than a Democrat.

That is why I am casting my vote for Banks. I don't want him, but we don't need a Democrat!

1:13 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:13 That is a great attitude to have. If everyone had that attitude, we'd be in real trouble. You need to cast your vote for the best candidate, period. Banks will get eaten alive by the democrats and then we WILL be left with a democrat. Don't waste your vote.

1:32 PM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

No new article since March 9..... guess someone is having a good time.....Congratulations

6:56 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Halter won't make it out of their primary anyway. Too many people hate him.

Holt and Wooldridge. Now that would be interesting.

8:29 AM, March 16, 2006  
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11:02 AM, March 16, 2006  
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2:46 PM, March 16, 2006  
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8:44 PM, March 16, 2006  
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