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  [Asa] Hutchinson: 2010 election committee not indication he's running [for AR Governor]
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Last EditedDFWDem  Feb 13, 2008 01:58pm
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News DateWednesday, February 13, 2008 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLITTLE ROCK (AP) -- More than a year after his failed gubernatorial bid, former congressman Asa Hutchinson is chairing a Republican committee that's preparing for the 2010 elections and researching the campaign finance reports of state Democratic officeholders.

Hutchinson, a former federal Homeland Security official, said Tuesday that his involvement with a "2010 Committee" for the state Republican party and a recent fundraising appeal for his political action committee aren't evidence he's preparing another political campaign.

"There's nothing I'm considering running for," Hutchinson told The Associated Press in an interview.

Hutchinson was defeated in the 2006 gubernatorial race by Mike Beebe.

Hutchinson said his involvement in the group stems from his interest in helping the state GOP and maintaining a two-party system in the state. In 2006, Republicans lost seats in the Legislature in addition to losing control of the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices.

"Obviously, we are in a rebuilding posture since then and this is another way for the party to continue to look toward the future," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said he was asked by the state GOP's executive committee to temporarily chair the committee, which he said is helping the party prepare for the upcoming presidential election and the 2010 elections. Hutchinson said he was asked to chair the group shortly before Arkansas' February primary.
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