With the GOP Primary looming six weeks away and counting, insurgent GOP candidate Jan Morgan continued hopping the state with appearances in Hope and Ashdown on Thursday, and upcoming speeches in nearby Louisville and Texarkana.
With the GOP Primary looming six weeks away and counting, insurgent GOP candidate Jan Morgan continued hopping the state with appearances in Hope and Ashdown on Thursday, and upcoming speeches in nearby Louisville and Texarkana. Morgan has been mounting a primary challenge to incumbent Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is looking to reelected to a second term this fall.
“We are taking the fight to him, traveling all over the state. The people have told me that they want a choice, and on May 22, they have a choice, a clear choice. You couldn’t have two candidates, who are more different,” Morgan said in an interview with the Hope Star during a campaign stop.
With just six weeks, Morgan is looping around the state again, trying to reach every corner once more before May 22. Morgan said she feels good about her chances, even against the incumbent Hutchinson, partially because of Hutchinson himself.
“He has continued to refuse to debate me, to defend his record, and to be held accountable for the last four years. That tells me that he won’t defend his record because he can’t; its indefensible,” she said.
Morgan also said she remains optimistic about the race as she points out that Donald Trump remains very popular in Arkansas, and he carried the state by 72-percent.
“The people I’ve talked to are fed up with politics as usual, business as usual, and the establishment as usual. I am for the people, and this campaign is about people, and I’ve got people from every walk of life supporting this campaign,” she said.
Morgan also points out recent news that Hutchinson has built a $5 million campaign war chest against her.
“If he has been such a great governor, then this election shouldn’t cost him a single dime to defeat me. We’ve had an impact on this race, and people are talking about May 22, which I think is when the next governor of this state will be decided.” she said.
Of the four major 2018 candidates for governor, between both the Republican and Democratic Parties, Morgan could, in fact, be Hutchinson’s most formidable and well-known opponent. In the Democratic Party, a field of two also emerged; Leticia Sanders and Jared K. Henderson will also face off in the May 22 Primary for the right to face the winner between Hutchinson and Morgan.
Morgan rose to national prominence on the airwaves of Fox News as a Second Amendment guns right activist, and in southwest Arkansas, Morgan was a television broadcaster in the Texarkana market for 27 years. The past four years, she has owned and operated a gun-shooting range in Hot Springs.
“Remember, Ronald Reagan was an actor before he became governor of California, and he ended up being one of the greatest Presidents of our time,” she said.
For Hutchinson’s part, the power of incumbency has brought a flood of new press releases and announcements, almost daily, whether it be about his Tax Reform Commission or dedicating $500,000 in new funds for computer science teachers.
Morgan counters saying, “He continues to spend money, and that Tax Reform Commission has been more about closing loop holes and cutting taxes.”
Even a recent announcement by Hutchinson to consolidate state government operations and reduce departments didn’t impress Morgan much as she said, “Asa has had four years to do something. Why is he waiting until now?”