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Republican Leslie Rutledge announces for attorney general

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As previously announced, Republican Leslie Rutledge made official today her candidacy for attorney general.

Her formal statement appears in full on the jump. You've heard it before:

The following are key issues for the Rutledge for Attorney General campaign:

• Protecting Arkansas Seniors
• Prosecuting Crime and Internet Predators
• Standing Up to Federal Overreach
• Job Creation
• Consumer Protection
• Sanctity of Life
• Preserving Second Amendment Rights

NEWS RELEASE

Former Prosecutor Rutledge Launches Campaign for Arkansas Attorney General

Rutledge: "If you take advantage of Arkansas citizens, I will prosecute you, because breaking Arkansas law is never good for jobs, freedom or prosperity."

Receives endorsements from former Gov. Huckabee and former Cong. Hammerschmidt
John Paul Hammerschmidt will serve as Rutledge Campaign Chairman

Little Rock, AR -
Former Prosecutor and State and National Legal Counsel Leslie Rutledge announced today the launch of her campaign to seek the Republican nomination for Arkansas Attorney General. Rutledge made the announcement on a five-city tour with stops in her hometown of Batesville, as well as Little Rock, Springdale, Jonesboro, and Texarkana.

"I have the experience, prosecutorial background, and conservative principles to move Arkansas forward.” Rutledge said. “Arkansas deserves to be free from those who seek to rip us off, abuse seniors, harm consumers and from an overreaching federal government. Without freedom we can’t have opportunity. If elected as Attorney General, I will be vigilant in protecting that freedom to ensure our opportunity.”

Rutledge has received the full support of former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee as well as former U.S. Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt. Huckabee led as Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007, Hammerschmidt served in Congress from 1967-1993.

"I am proud to offer my support to my friend, Leslie Rutledge, because I know first hand that she has devoted her life to serving and protecting the people of the state of Arkansas. I've had the privilege of working with Leslie throughout the years in the Governor's office, on my Presidential campaign, and while she stood up for all Arkansans as a prosecutor and advocate for the state's most vulnerable," former Governor Huckabee said. "She is a principled, experienced, and courageous leader who will stand up to protect our liberties and freedoms from all sides - because it's the right thing to do for all Arkansans. In my opinion, there is no one better suited to be Arkansas' next Attorney General than Leslie Rutledge."

"It was an honor and privilege to serve the people of Arkansas and the 3rd Congressional District for 26 years. I value those who offer themselves for public service and represent all their constituents equally regardless of party," former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt said. "Leslie Rutledge is precisely that type of individual who will stand up for strong conservative principles and the very things we hold dear here in our wonderful state. I know her to be a lifelong conservative Republican who will represent our Arkansas values. So I have agreed to serve as Chairman of her campaign for Attorney General of Arkansas. She will serve all of us well."

Rutledge is a seventh-generation Arkansan. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. Rutledge began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. She served as Deputy Counsel for Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee. She is currently practicing law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock.

The following are key issues for the Rutledge for Attorney General campaign:

• Protecting Arkansas Seniors
• Prosecuting Crime and Internet Predators
• Standing Up to Federal Overreach
• Job Creation
• Consumer Protection
• Sanctity of Life
• Preserving Second Amendment Rights

Rutledge vows to be vigilant on any and all law breakers.

"It doesn't matter who you are, if you try to take advantage of Arkansas citizens, I will prosecute you," Rutledge said. "Breaking Arkansas law is never good for jobs, freedom or prosperity."

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