Monday, February 15, 2010

Mayor Frank Gilbert for Governor

The Constitution mystery candidate for Governor has gotten less mysterious. It's the former Vice Chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, the former state Chairman of the Libertarian Party, and current Mayor of the town of Tull in Grant County, Frank Gilbert.

"Mayor Frank" was one of the key leaders in pushing the state's term limits initiative, and he is choosing to term limit himself to two terms as the Mayor of Tull. There are lots of small town Mayors out there, but this guy is actually in Gov. Mike Beebe's league in terms of glibness and good 'ole boy charisma. I hope you get a chance to listen to this guy sometime. He's good. And in a year when the GOP is struggling to find someone to oppose "unstoppable killing machine Mike Beebe", maybe he is the guy you should vote for.

This was his message in a Constitution Party E-mail....

Fellow Constitution Party Supporter,

Hi, Mayor Frank Gilbert here. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to tell you that I am considering running for Governor of Arkansas as a Constitution Party candidate.

I hope you will help me in that decision making process.

First, if you would email me back or call me (numbers redacted because this was for their list only) on my cell I’d love to talk to you about the future of our Party and where you would like to see it go. I will be open to anything that you wish me to know.

Second, I’d ask you to invest $50 in my campaign. Arkansas tax law allows you a tax credit of that amount on your return. If you make the donation before April 15th you can even claim the credit on THIS year’s return. After that time you must claim it on next year’s return. Either way, you get the money back on your taxes!

The initial step for the Constitution Party and any candidates it may run is a petition drive to get 10,000 signatures. Party leaders and others are working to that end right now. Once that process is successfully completed, we will be able to run candidates for state, district and local offices.

Your help with the petition drive will be a crucial first step toward giving Arkansas voters a real choice in elections this November and in years to come.

Because the campaign season is so close, there are things that need to done even before the petition drive begins. I sincerely hope you will invest your time and $50 in that process now!

Thanks for your consideration,

Frank Gilbert

Mayor of Tull


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When was the Vice Chair of the RPA? So how does he plan on getting is name out?

8:12 PM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Ummmm. Sell himself as a corporate whore for campaign donations like most of the rest of them that have the cash to "get their name out"?

I don't know that. I am just telling you what was in the email and, since I know him, a bit about what sort of cloth he is cut from.

I believe he was Vice Chairman in the early 80s. Also, he served a term as Grant County Coroner. He was the first Republican to serve in a county office in Grant County since Reconstruction.

8:18 PM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That last post came off more smart-alecky than I meant it to. Sorry 'bout that.

8:19 PM, February 15, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a candidate from grant county cant
be all bad..the cat

9:20 PM, February 15, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be an interesting year in Arkansas that is for sure. I hope Mayor Gilbert can really lead the conservative charge against Beebe.

9:10 AM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't see him gaining that much traction. Gov Beebe is very popular and has good constituant relations. There is no way anyone comes close to him in the election. The RPA realizes this and is focused on races that are actually winable.

1:26 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that is why in 21 days by state law the Republican Party will become a minor party and all will have to get signatures next election. Where is their candidate for Governor?

2:07 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well its not like the GOP won't be able to get enough signature. Arkansas is becoming a GOP state, but it has to play shrewdly. It would be foolish for the RPA to waist time and money on the governor race.

2:51 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I can't imagine the Republicans not putting up anyone for Governor and losing automatic ballot access.

4:27 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that may not be a bad idea. they can get 10k signatures for a song. better than sucking millions out of other campaigns just to run a losing race against the 'unstoppable killing machine' beebe. why not just wait the guy out?

6:16 PM, February 16, 2010  

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