Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Enters The 2024 Presidential Race

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Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson appeared on ABC’s This Week show(04/02/23) where he among other things, announced that he has made a decision to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. Gov Hutchinson told host Jonathan Karl that he will make a formal announcement in Bentonville, “later in April.”

Gov Hutchinson also reiterated his earlier assertion that former President Trump, who’s also seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, should step aside following his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury. Hutchinson specifically said(2:50): “The office is more important than any individual person, and so for the sake of the office of the presidency, I do think that it’s too much of a sideshow and distraction, and he needs to be able to concentrate on his due process and presumption of innocence.”

Importantly, Gov Hutchinson also drew a sharp distinction between himself and most of his fellow Republicans who have sought to downplay the seriousness of the Manhattan indictment and other investigations the former president is currently under. He said the investigations are “very serious” when you look at them together.

Gov Hutchinson specifically said(4:46): “Let’s look at the three different investigations, one is the hush money out of New York. Secondly, it is the request and pressure for votes out of Georgia, and the third one of course, is the mishandling of classified documents in Maralago. Those are three very serious investigations. You might say one of them doesn’t showcase anything, but when you look at all three of them combined, it should give Americans pause.”

Gov Hutchinson is not a household name in America, but as he stated in the interview, he has a long and illustrious resume in public service. He has served as a prosecutor, a member of Congress, director of the DEA, and two-term governor of Arkansas. On top of that, he’s the archetypical conservative Republican in the Ronald Reagan mold, all of which add up to make him a very serious candidate for president.

Will Republicans in 2024 dump the bombastic, indictment-ridden Trump, and settle for a “clean”, even “boring” archetypical conservative Republican like Gov Hutchinson? We’ll see what happens, but Yours Truly will go out on a limb and say, they will.

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Rochelle Garza Discusses Her Historic Quest For Texas AG Job On MSNBC

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Rochelle Garza, the Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General in this Fall’s election, appeared on MSNBC’s American Voices w/Alicia Menendez(06/04/22) to discuss her campaign against Republican incumbent Ken Paxton.

Rochelle Garza slammed as “very dangerous”,AG Paxton’s suggestion that we arm teachers in an effort to prevent another mass shooting like the one we witnessed in Uvalde, Texas. Garza said(video at 1:20):“We know that that is not the solution. Teachers are overworked and they are underpaid, and this is absolutely not their responsibility, so we need to have a special session where we could pass reasonable gun laws, safe gun laws like red flag laws, raising the age to 21 to purchase a firearm. There are real solutions that we can put on the table, and arming teachers is absolutely not one of those.”

Regarding expanding access to the ballot, Garza said(2:22):“Ken Paxton is dangerous for democracy, and he has undermined our right to vote at every turn. I envision having a fully funded civil rights division, where we are actually protecting civil rights, we’re protecting access to the ballot box, reproductive rights, and all of the hard fought civil rights. Voting access is absolutely critical, and in the state of Texas, we have a lot of folks who just don’t show up to vote because they are disenfranchised, mostly Black and Brown communities, and so we need to flip the script on that, and make sure that we have voter access, and that starts with a good Attorney General that is going to look out for the interests of the people of Texas, and that is exactly what I’m going to do.”

On the fight for reproductive rights, Garza said the role of Attorneys General across the country is going to be critical. She touted her previous work as an ACLU lawyer fighting for reproductive rights of detained migrants, something which makes her uniquely suited for the AG role at this time, given the attacks on reproductive rights by Republicans both in Texas and nationally.

Garza concluded by reiterating the importance of state AGs in the fight for democracy saying:“We need to pay attention to these races because this is going to be the last stand for the people of each state, and for the people of Texas specifically. If we can get Ken Paxton out of office, not only because he’s corrupt, but he’s harmful to our state and to democracy, we can have a real big change in Texas, and have better protections for voting rights, for reproductive rights, for all of the things that underpin healthy families. That is why I’m running for this office to fight for us, to fight for all Texans.”

Bottom line folks, AG Ken Paxton has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that he does not view his role as requiring him to represent all Texans, but rather, to please MAGA Trumpers. His felony indictments in 2015, which strangely have not resulted in a trial yet, also make him uniquely unsuited to be Texas AG. Maybe, just maybe, voters in the Lone Star state will put an end to the travesty that is AG Paxton in this Fall’s election, by electing Rochelle Garza as Texas AG, and making history in the process.

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