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Clemmer sets announcement on 2nd District run


ANN CLEMMER: Sounds like she may be in 2nd District race.
  • ANN CLEMMER: Sounds like she may be in 2nd District race.
This just in by e-mail:

Ann Clemmer To Make Announcement About Arkansas’ 2nd District

Representative Ann Clemmer will make an announcement Wednesday, October 30, 2:00 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court room at the State Capitol. 

I can remember only one time when a politician assembled the press at a news conference to say he would NOT run for office. That was Bill Clinton, when he backed away from a 1988 presidential run at the last minute, with national press assembled at the Excelsior Hotel for an expected hat tossing.

Clemmer, a term-limited Republican state representative from Saline County, had been planning to make a race for Senate against incumbent Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson. As a congressional candidateClemmer could be expected to promote the historic potential of her candidacy to be the district's first female representative. She'll have a hard time, given historic voting patterns, building a gender gap in Pulaski County with her strident opposition to women's medical autonomy. She supported the unconstitutional abortion legislation passed in 2013 as well as the overrides of Gov. Beebe's vetoes. She sponsored the law already enjoined by courts, the most restrictive abortion law in the land at the time, with a ban at 12 weeks of pregnancy. Pulaski County handily defeated each constitutional effort to limit abortion in Arkansas in years past. It also defeated the initiative to prevent adoption by gay people. Clemmer has also been opponent of equal rights for gay people.

So, if Clemmer is in, who will follow? Sen. Jonathan Dismang is interested. He'd have to give up a more powerful position — being the next Senate president pro tempore — to be at the bottom of a 435-person totem pole in the House and participate in punishing commutes to do it. There's also Delta Trust banker French Hill of Little Rock. At least two other lesser known Republicans have an eye on the race. It's an open seat with Rep. Tim Griffin's decision not to run again. Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays has declared on the Democratic side and is armed with very favorable poll numbers on name recognition and popularity, not just in Pulaski but also outlying counties.

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