Check out the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
MICAH NEAL: Moving. At least for a day or so.
for all the details of the highly smelly matter of state Rep. Micah Neal'
s decision to drop out of the race for county judge.
By law, Neal's dropout for his initially stated reason — devoting more time to his restaurant business and family — wouldn't allow the Republican Party to name a replacement at the ballot for this late date. Moving out of the district would be a different matter. So, having been informed of the law, Neal is now arranging a move out of the district in time to provide cover for Republicans to call a convention to replace him as nominee against Democrat Mark Kinion. But wait, there's an internal Republican division that an effort is afoot to stack the vote if a convention is held.
What is the old saying: Power corrupts ..... Questions remain:
Why did Neal decide not to seek re-election to the legislature?
Why did he drop out of the race for county judge?
Whose baggage is being carried on Republican machinations for a successor?
Will Neal really MOVE out of the district by the required date — furniture, family and all? And how long will he live in that new home in another district? Is a legal challenge possible of this obviously dubious excuse?