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Wooldridge returns endorsement fire

Posted By on Fri, Jun 2, 2006 at 4:55 PM

Tim Wooldridge this afternoon announced that former Clinton administration officials James Lee Witt and Hershel Gober endorsed him in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Witt was the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and now heads a private consulting firm. Gober was the acting secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Both are Arkansas natives.

Wooldridge faces Bill Halter in the June 13th runoff election.

UPDATE: Wooldridge sent another press release to announce that Mike Hathorn endorsed his candidacy.

Hathorn came in third to Halter and Wooldridge in the May 23 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

“While Tim and I have often disagreed philosophically, I have come to respect him and his work ethic," Hathorn said in the release. "On the other hand, I stand by the ethics complaints I filed regarding Mr. Halter’s campaign, and I am concerned about the impact of the ethics commission’s findings which will be finalized before November. I do not want to see the culture of corruption that has become so prevalent in DC make its way into Arkansas’s election process. After analyzing the results of the election, and considering the numerous ethical and legal issues that have been raised concerning Mr. Halter, I am confident that Tim Wooldridge is the best candidate we can field to face Jim Holt in November.”

You can read the full press release after the jump.

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

Hathorn Endorses Wooldridge for Lt. Governor

May 26, 2006 – (Little Rock, AR) - State Senator Tim Wooldridge (D) of Paragould, a candidate for Lt. Governor in the June 13th run-off election, announced today that former State Representative Mike Hathorn is endorsing his campaign.  Key members of Hathorn’s staff had already joined Wooldridge’s campaign team last week.

“We are obviously very excited to have Mike’s endorsement,” Wooldridge said.  “Mike and I spent the better part of a year on the campaign trail together, both sharing our visions with Arkansas voters.  To have someone with his background of service to our state endorse the campaign really means a lot to me personally.”

Wooldridge is campaigning in Corning, Prescott and Little Rock today.  The two are planning to travel together to various communities between now and the June 13th runoff.

Hathorn released this statement while campaigning for Wooldridge in Northwest Arkansas.  “I’m happy to be helping Tim win this nomination,” Hathorn said.  “My support, along with Tim’s, made a clear majority in the May 23rd Primary.  People want experience and leadership; they were just torn between two candidates who had a history of serving the best interest of the state.  Now they have one clear choice, and that choice is Tim Wooldridge.”

“My priority has always been to ensure a Democratic victory in November,” Hathorn said.  “Electing Tim Wooldridge on June 13th is our best choice to make that happen.
The bottom line is Tim Wooldridge is a good public servant with years of experience helping improve Arkansas, and when coupled with Mike Beebe they will create a strong ticket of proven leadership.”

“While Tim and I have often disagreed philosophically, I have come to respect him and his work ethic. On the other hand, I stand by the ethics complaints I filed regarding Mr. Halter’s campaign, and I am concerned about the impact of the ethics commission’s findings which will be finalized before November. I do not want to see the culture of corruption that has become so prevalent in DC make its way into Arkansas’s election process. After analyzing the results of the election, and considering the numerous ethical and legal issues that have been raised concerning Mr. Halter, I am confident that Tim Wooldridge is the best candidate we can field to face Jim Holt in November.”

While it is ultimately up to each of my supporters to draw their own conclusions, this is a personal decision based on my interaction with both Sen. Wooldridge and Halter, and for me the choice is clear.”

 “Having the support of Mike’s organization will go a long way toward helping us win this nomination,” Wooldridge said.  “We can feel a tremendous amount of momentum, and I look forward to my continued travels around Arkansas, putting forth our message of elevating personal income, improving our education system, and making state government more accessible.”

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