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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Speaker Wills

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Rep. David Dunn concedes the race for House speaker in 2009 to Rep. Robbie Wills of Conway. Dunn's news release is on the jump.

There are those who believed Wills' election would increase the odds that the House could be a counterweight to The Brotherhood-controlled Senate and Death Star Bob Johnson's malevolent guidance. The proof will be in the puddin'.


FORREST CITY, Ark. – (December 18, 2007) -- State Representative David Dunn (D- District 51) withdrew yesterday from the race for Arkansas’ Speaker of the House.  In a call placed to opponent Robbie Wills (D – District 46), Dunn conceded the election set to be voted on by all 100 members of the House in January 2008. 

 “I called Robbie yesterday and told him that I thought it was in the best interest of the House of Representatives if I withdrew my name for consideration in the speaker's race,” said Dunn. 

 Dunn stated that after conferring over the past week with his family and several close colleagues in the House, he came to the decision over the weekend.

 “It had become clear to me through this process that the election for speaker innately creates a divide among house members.  Any division keeps us from working towards our common goal of moving the state of Arkansas forward in a positive way,” Dunn said. “While the election process is certainly necessary, I think we had reached a point where it was apparent that Robbie had a number of votes secured that were unlikely to change before voting took place.  In order to save everyone further angst, and to allow those loyal members of my team to pursue other issues as they start the new year, I thought it would be wise to go ahead withdraw from the race and let Robbie get started on his agenda for the next session.”

Dunn said Wills was surprised at his call, but that the two had a good conversation and about the election process and their mutual goal of going into the 2009 Legislative Session with a unified House membership.

“Robbie Wills has served his constituents and the State of Arkansas well during his time in the House and I have no doubt that he will put forth his best efforts to lead the House of Representatives through the next session as we confront the many challenges that face our state,” stated Dunn.  “I look forward to working with him and the other members that I have had the honor to serve with as we go into an important legislative session.”

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