So let’s follow up on my column this morning about the governor’s race of 2014.
In furtherance of my assertion that Asa Hutchinson has locked up preemptively the Republican nomination, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr comes forward to take himself out of the race he never was in and to endorse Asa.
Darr might run for the U.S. Senate, but Tom Cotton is the Weekly Standard’s nominee for that, and Fox’s, and Darr probably ought to try to stay where he is, which won’t be easy. He was a Tea Party fad of 2010. That’s all.
As for the Democrats, I get ever-reliable information that Mike Ross has moved to 90 percent likelihood to run and is buoyed by Democratic establishment encouragement and the promise of quick money — this based on the fact that people in the Democratic Party cannot stand Bill Halter.
Ross still hasn’t called me back, which is unusual for him.
A young politico highly thought-of on the Democratic side as a Beebe-type — Chris Thomason of Hope, a 39-year-old community college chancellor who formerly was a prosecutor and state representative — will likely go for attorney general if Ross goes for governor, I am advised.
I met Thomason yesterday. Don’t recall ever meeting him before. Found him to be about 6-2 and pleasant and with sparking shined shoes.
Speaking of sparkling shined shoes, I’m told that Thomason comes from humble beginnings and got accepted to West Point and was quite a football prospect, but tore up his knee before classes ever started and came back home. That probably doesn’t have anything to do with what kind of attorney general he would be.
UPDATE: I should throw in that Talk Business talks to Sheffield Nelson and he is saying people begging him to run as Republican or independent. Get creamed by Asa Republican side; elect Democrat if an independent by taking Asa votes.