JANUARY 18, 2005 - Posted at 12:16 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas congressman Mike Ross said today he would not run for Arkansas governor in 2006. Ross says his recent appointment to a powerful House committee would be better for the state than a four-year term at Little Rock.
Ross was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and recently elected whip of the Blue Dog Coalition.
A Democrat, Ross informed his staff of the decision this morning and later called Attorney General Mike Beebe, who is widely speculated as a Democratic Party candidate for governor. Beebe could not be reached immediately for comment.
Ross said he and Beebe had a "good talk" this morning. He said he encouraged Beebe to run for governor and he pledged his support to Beebe.
Governor Huckabee, a Republican, is in the final two years of his term. There has also been speculation that Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will run for governor in 2006.