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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Look who gave UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 6:15 AM

Stephens Media dug up some of the contributors to Gov. Mike Beebe's event-free haul of $1 million in January. An honor roll of the state's fattest cats, primarily.

Noted: $1,000 from Clint Reed, former executive director of the Arkansas Republican Party and now a political consultant for hire. His candidates this year include Sen. Gilbert Baker, Republican for U.S. Senate, and Jim Keet, Republican considering lieutenant governor. He's not the first Republican to contribute to Beebe. Many helped him in 2006, particularly in NW Ark. But in the weird and wacky world of the eight-man Republican primary for Senate, where extremism knows no limits (embryonic stem cell research = Holocaust, etc.) I'm guessing somebody might be of a mind to make an issue of it. (Then quietly vote for Beebe over whatever Sad Sack the Repubs finally offer up in sacrifice.)

UPDATE: Didn't take long for waters to be stirred. A John Boozman supporter notes that a Reed consulting business colleague, former Republican Party exec. director Richard Bearden, lists in the resume on his website his membership on the Democratic Party Finance Committee. Bearden and his consulting colleague Terry Benham, another former GOP honcho, also are contributors to Beebe, Boozman people say. They'll still have to go some to match Bill Vickery, the consultant who once represented three different candidates from two parties in the same Senate race.

SPEAKING OF U.S. SENATE: Roby Brock says Sarah Huckabee is to be named campaign manager for John Boozman's campaign. That woud complete the Huckabee dynasty deep-sixing of Curtis Coleman (and who can blame them?) and represents a Hutchinson-Huckabee Republican dynasty detente.

UPDATE: Brummett blogs on where all the developments leave Baker in terms of fitting in the Republican field. An option for reasonable voters, maybe? That presumes a lot about the Republican primary, unfortunately. Maybe Baker AND Lincoln should drop out, Brummett suggests.

UPDATE II: I grumbled about the secretary of state's office yesterday on access to campaign material, to some degree unfairly. Some changes have been made that now mean all required statements of financial interest are available on-line (this had not been the case previously). The Beebe finance report is now available, though there is a lag time required for scanning documents as they are filed. Candidates may file electronically, which allows for database searches, but they are not required to do so and the labor to translate hand filings into electronic filings would be too costly.

UPDATE III: Huckabee appointment official. And Huck PAC announces new leadership from the Carolinas.

NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock - U.S. Congressman John Boozman, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced today that Sarah Huckabee will serve as his campaign manager.
Sarah Huckabee most recently served as executive director of HuckPAC, Gov. Mike Huckabee's political action committee. Prior to her leadership role at HuckPAC, Sarah Huckabee was national political director for Gov. Mike Huckabee's campaign for President. As political director, Sarah Huckabee led Gov. Mike Huckabee's campaign in Iowa and played an instrumental role in Gov. Huckabee's come from behind victory in the Iowa Caucus.
From 2004-2006, Sarah Huckabee worked in Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Department of Education under President George W. Bush. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Huckabee worked for the GOTV effort for the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.
Sarah is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and now resides in Little Rock.
"Sarah has the experience, leadership qualities, and intimate knowledge of Arkansas I'm looking for in a campaign manager," said Congressman John Boozman. "I am thrilled Sarah will serve as my campaign manager and I am fully confident she has what it takes to help me secure the primary nomination and successfully lead my efforts to represent the people of Arkansas in the U.S. Senate come November."
Additionally, Boozman named Patrick Creamer as his campaign’s communications director.  Creamer served as Boozman’s first press secretary, and later communications director, in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001-2006.
Last week, Boozman announced that former chairman of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, Stanley Reed, will head his efforts to represent the people of Arkansas in the U.S. Senate as his campaign chair.

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