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Ross Urged to Reconsider Gubernatorial Race

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December 20, 2012

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's admission of an "inappropriate" relationship with a woman who isn't his wife could mean an opportunity for another Arkansas Democrat in the gubernatorial primary, where McDaniel has been considered the frontrunner.

Retiring 4th District Rep. Mike Ross is being urged to consider the race, Arkansas Talk Business reports:

Many eyes are turning to former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter...

But some Democrats might be looking to a name that seemed to drop out a few months back – soon to be former Congressman Mike Ross. An unnamed source close to Ross tells me that the Congressman has received a lot of calls to reconsider his decision.

It makes sense if you think about it. The Democratic establishment has never warmed to Halter. They were ready to get behind McDaniel with his over million dollar campaign war chest, but it is obvious his problems now are not really going away.

Ross’ biggest hurdle was his conservative bent, which turned off some of the more liberal elements of the party. Perhaps now they will be able to get past this. In fact, his support today for a ban on high-capacity assault weapons might have been an olive branch to the base of his party.

 

Ross told Talk Business earlier this week, when asked if he would endorse a candidate in the governor's race, "If I wanted to be actively involved in the Governor's race, I would have run myself."

The congressman ruled out a gubernatorial run earlier this year, though, and the story notes that he is soon starting a new job with Southwest Power Pool.

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