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Monday, February 2, 2015

Hutchinson enlists former Democrats on his lobbying team

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TOGETHER AGAIN: Tracy Steele and Asa Hutchinson at campaign endorsement.
  • TOGETHER AGAIN: Tracy Steele and Asa Hutchinson at campaign endorsement.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
has put three former legislators to work as legislative liaisons, effectively lobbyists, for this session.

They are former Republican Rick Green and former Democratic Reps. Tommy Wren and Tracy Steele.

Green, who lost a race for Senate in 2012 against Bruce Holland, is paid $250 a day as lead liaison and Wren and Steele make $200 a day, said spokesman J.R. Davis.

Steele, who resigned as director of the Department of Youth Services shortly before the end of Gov. Mike Beebe's term, endorsed Hutchinson. Hutchinson still lost the black vote badly to Mike Ross. His brother, Michael Steele's ad business with the state drew questions from Republican legislators in the past. Wren was defeated for re-election by Republican Michelle Gray.

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