READY TO RUMBLE: Rumors rise that Pat Hays will run for Congress.
If I were to believe everything I heard at the gym and elsewhere, I'd believe:
* Former state Rep. Linda Tyler
will NOT run for Congress from the 2nd District against incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Griffin.
* Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays
WILL run for Congress.
* Polling will show Hays enjoys broad name recognition and a generally favorable opinion, in Pulaski County and beyond. This should not be surprising. He's been a high-profile, can-do mayor in one of the state's largest cities, a position that has given him broad exposure in the state's biggest newspaper and largest TV stations.
It's not a bad year to run for 2nd District, if Democrats ever are to make a strong race. Griffin should bear at least some wounds for his advocacy of the environment-fouling pipeline industry
and for his role in threatening a government shutdown
and debt crisis
to prevent extending health insurance coverage to millions of Americans under the Affordable Care Act.
Some still hope to encourage Tyler to make a race for state auditor.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: I feel stronger than ever that Patrick Henry Hays will run.