LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has formally ended his bid to become governor today.
McDaniel faced questions about his future in the race since he admitted to an "inappropriate" relationship last month with Hot Springs attorney Andrea Davis.In an letter to his supporters, McDaniel explained his decision to leave the 2014 Arkansas Governor's race.
"I sought public office to serve my fellow Arkansans and to lead on issues that matter to the State that I love. I have done that, and I will be forever proud of my record in the legislature and as AG. I had hoped that I could shape the 2014 gubernatorial debate with my vision for the future. Unfortunately, I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than
"When it comes to our economy, our infrastructure and our schools -
"Bobbi and I want to thank the many people who have encouraged and supported us and continue to lift our family up in prayer. My path lies in doing my job and enjoying my family, not in the chaos of this campaign. I will spend my last two years as Attorney General focused on issues that matter to
According to the Arkansas Democrat, former Democratic Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has announced he will run for Governor.
Halter made the announcement in the following email. He'll file paperwork next week to
establish a campaign committee as the necessary first administrative step
towards a campaign for governor in 2014.
A formal announcement will be declared at a later date.
"Over the holidays my family and I talked about the demands a campaign for governor would place on us," said Halter. "We decided as a family that we are up for the challenge. That's why next week I will take the first necessary step towards running for governor in 2014."
"During my campaign for governor I will put forward my plans and ideas to move