by Max Brantley
Leslie Rutledge, a Batesville native lawyer now practicing in Little Rock who has a long history of work with Republican politicians as well as the national Republican Party, will announce her candidacy for attorney general on Monday.
Her news release follows on the jump.
Rutledge was a cog in the successful political campaigns of Supreme Court Justice Jo Hart. I confess a soft spot for her on this account: Back during the time when Gov. Mike Huckabee had ceased all communication with the Arkansas Times and most of his followers took cues from him, Rutledge graciously contributed some blog reports on her trip to Iowa with fellow Arkansans to campaign for presidential candidate Huckabee in the 2007 caucuses.
David Sterling, a Religious Right unknown from North Little Rock, has already announced as a Republican. Former Republican legislator Marvin Childers, now the Poultry Federation lobbyist, is considering the race. No Democratic candidate has emerged, though a number of names have been mentioned. Incumbent Dustin McDaniel is term limited.
Former Prosecutor Rutledge to Announce Run for Arkansas Attorney General
Seventh Generation Arkansan Seeks Office to Serve The Natural State
Little Rock, AR - Former Prosecutor and State and National Legal Counsel Leslie Rutledge plans to formally announce her campaign to seek the Republican nomination for Arkansas Attorney General on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Rutledge will begin her five-city announcement tour in Northwest Arkansas, with stops in her hometown of Batesville, as well as Little Rock, Springdale, Jonesboro, and Texarkana.
Details of the announcement tour include:
9:00 a.m. CT - Springdale
Springdale Municipal Airport
Summit Aviation Lobby
802 Airport Road
10:30 a.m. CT - Batesville
Batesville Regional Airport
1126 Batesville Boulevard
12:00 p.m. CT - Jonesboro
Jonesboro Municipal Airport
Arkansas Air Center Lobby
3901 Lindburg Drive
2:30 p.m. CT - Texarkana
Texarkana Regional Airport
TAC Air Executive Terminal
501 Airport Drive
5:00 p.m. CT - Little Rock
Lafayette Building Lobby
523 South Louisiana Street
On-site media contact: Jennifer Sheehan 501-227-0917
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.