Have Repubs found their cannon fodder? | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Have Repubs found their cannon fodder?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Says here that Republican restaurateur Jim Keet, a former state senator, is 90 percent sure he'll run for governor. He'd been talking about making a run for lieutenant governor, if family friend Lt. Gov. Bill Halter didn't seek re-election.

Keet's a nice guy. But this is just kind of, well, different.

He likes the overwhelmingly popular Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, having served with him for four years in the State Senate in the mid-1990's. Keet considers Beebe a friend and thinks on many issues he’s done a good job.

“It isn’t about Mike Beebe,” said Keet. “It’s about the process of bringing a different perspective to the legislative process and the executive branch of the state.

“I think one of the most important aspects of politics is that you need to have a forum for discussing new ideas,” he added. “If we don’t have candidates that are willing to stand up despite the odds in both parties, then we’ll never have the best possible government.  I think its good to have competing views and candidates on both sides of the aisle.”

Maybe all that good lamb Keet serves at his family's Taziki's restaurant has made him want to be one -- of the sacrificial variety.

PS -- Our small world. Reader reminds me that the political consultant who'd been working with Keet -- Clint Reed -- is a contributor to the Beebe campaign.

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