by Max Brantley
Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson endorsed Attorney General Eric Holder in 2008. In an interview with Channel 7 News on Wednesday, Hutchinson said the endorsement was "one of the biggest mistakes I've made."
In the letter of endorsement, Hutchinson said Holder "puts the law first and political considerations second."
"Let me tell you, it's one of the biggest mistakes I've made in terms of evaluating a public figure. And whenever I looked at Eric Holder, I knew he was a United States Attorney and that was important to me to have someone in the Department of Justice that understood front line prosecutors but as I look back and I look at the record he established I have no hesitation in saying, one that was a mistake, but secondly Eric Holder should resign as Attorney General of the United States," Hutchinson said.
"I am shocked that a Republican gubernatorial candidate would write a glowing endorsement of Obama's Attorney General who tells states attorneys general not to enforce their own state laws, who demands acceptance of gay marriage, who wants to outlaw homeschools, has sanctioned the killing of American citizens using drones and supports gun control.
These are not Arkansas values. This news is a devastating blow to the Republican Party. Most Arkansans are going to struggle with Asa's judgment and intentions."
"This is just the latest example of bureaucrat-turned-lobbyist Asa Hutchinson doing one thing in Washington, and saying the exact opposite here in Arkansas. The fact that he worked so aggressively to bring Eric Holder to power – one of the NRA's biggest adversaries – has to cause many Arkansans to question Congressman Hutchinson's judgment," spokesperson Brad Howard said.