Bush Opts Against Hutchinson for Top Spot

JANUARY 12, 2005 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former Arkansas Congressman Asa Hutchinson says he hasn't decided what his next move will be now that he has been passed over, again, for the nation's top Homeland Security post.

President Bush announced Tuesday that federal appeals court judge Michael Chertoff was his second nominee for the top post in the agency.  Hutchinson is the undersecretary for border and transportation security issues within the Homeland Security Department.

After Bush's announcement, Hutchinson told The Associated Press in an e-mail that he's disappointed but that he's looking at running for Arkansas governor in 2006.

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