by Max Brantley
Beebe said last week what he has been saying for several years, that he has no plans to run for office after governor.
“I don’t have plans to do anything full time,” he said, adding that people continue to not believe him when he tells him that.
“Everybody keeps saying year after year, ‘I don’t believe him, I don’t believe him, I don’t believe him,’ and as it gets closer and I keep saying it more and more, people are starting to believe it,” Beebe said.
The article quotes friends who say they believe Beebe, but also believe the political animal will have a hard time leaving politics behind, despite his professed intentions to golf, fish and travel. And they wish he'd keep running. Take Johnny Allison and former Sen. John Paul Capps:
Allison and Capps both said the state’s congressional delegation would benefit with Beebe as a member.
“He would be such an addition to national politics like the Senate,” Allison said. “And let me say this, those morons in Washington could really use him.”
Capps said Beebe would make a great congressman.
Now THERE is an idea for a political race. Mike Beebe of Searcy vs. Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Bryant. Realistically, though, it's quite a comedown from executive of an entire state to one of 435 and one currently in the minority party. Still, it's fun to contemplate.