Asa Hutchinson Considering His Options, Including Possible Run for Governor

DECEMBER 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson says he is looking at any number of options for the future now that he has been passed over for the top spot at the Department of Homeland Security.  Hutchinson, and undersecretary in the department, says he may run for Arkansas governor in 2006.

Hutchinson says he will wait until January before making any decisions about his future.  He says he wants to first consult with the White House, the new homeland security leader and Arkansas friends.

Hutchinson moved to the Homeland Security department in January 2003 after serving nearly two years as director of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, a job he left Congress to accept.

If Hutchinson decides to run for governor, he likely would face Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller in a high-profile Republican primary.  Rockefeller says Hutchinson's plans will have no bearing on his own decision whether to run.

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