Today's Paper Latest stories Obits Newsletters Traffic Weather Puzzles/games
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
story.lead_photo.caption Nearly 30 Arkansas elected officials endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. - Photo by Jaime Dunaway

Twenty-eight Arkansas elected officials endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president during a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol.

Many of those endorsing Rubio, a group which included Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Steve Womack, had previously supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee before he suspended his campaign Feb. 1.

"I believe deeply that Marco Rubio has the vision for America that best articulates the conservative principles of the Republican Party," said Arkansas House of Representatives Majority Leader Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan. "Most of all, I think Rubio has the appeal across the broad spectrum of the populace that will bring our party together and our country together."

State Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, praised Rubio's commitment to national security and military strength.

"There is no greater time that it has been so imperative that we elect a president who understands foreign policy and how to deal with the threats that we face," he said.

Rubio's state chairman, state Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, concluded the news conference by saying he was confident the senator would visit before the primary and that Arkansans could expect to see him "very soon."

"His message of family and faith is going to do very, very well here in Arkansas," Hester said.

Officials who have endorsed Marco Rubio

Senate President Jonathan Dismang

Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren

State Senator Missy Irvin

State Senator Greg Standridge

State Senator John Cooper

State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson

House Majority Leader Ken Bragg

House Majority Whip Jim Dotson

State Rep. Justin Boyd

State Rep. Charlie Collins

State Rep. Jana Della Rosa

State Rep. Lanny Fite

State Rep. Mark Lowery

State Rep. Laurie Rushing

State Rep. DeAnn Vaught

State Rep. Micah Neal

State Rep. Prissy Hickerson

State Rep. Ken Henderson

State Rep. Nate Bell

State Rep. Dan Douglas

State Rep. Mickey Gates

State Rep. Charlene Fite

State Rep. Karilyn Brown

State Rep. David Meeks

State Rep. Andy Davis

State Rep. Grant Hodges

State Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Sponsor Content

Comments

You must be signed in to post comments
  • Jackabbott
    February 16, 2016 at 3:54 p.m.

    Rubio is an Obama clone. And bought and paid for by the same Wall Street groups that financed Obama, Clinton and Cruz. The Wall Street Journal has reported extensively on the financing of his campaign. These guys might be cut out of the same mold because birds of a feather stick together. They are not paying any attention to what people are saying because it might cost them campaign contributions. This is the same type of corruption and stupidity that costs the Democrats control in Arkansas. Blindly supporting candidates that are obviously paid for by special interests. These are the same guys that let Whirlpool ship 5000 Arkansas jobs to Mexico and spend tons of money on sport structure but let UAMS structures go to pot. And they cannot for the life of them, get an upgrade on I-40 between LR and Memphis. In a word, a bunch of knuckleheads. What dunces.

  • PopMom
    February 16, 2016 at 4:04 p.m.

    Kasich is by far the most experienced and qualified Republican. The Republicans just seem to want to lose the White House. LOL.

  • LR1955
    February 16, 2016 at 4:12 p.m.

    Screw both parties, I want someone that is FOR THE PEOPLE !

  • LR1955
    February 16, 2016 at 4:13 p.m.

    SUCKERS who have endorsed Marco Rubio

    Senate President Jonathan Dismang
    Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren
    State Senator Missy Irvin
    State Senator Greg Standridge
    State Senator John Cooper
    State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson
    House Majority Leader Ken Bragg
    House Majority Whip Jim Dotson
    State Rep. Justin Boyd
    State Rep. Charlie Collins
    State Rep. Jana Della Rosa
    State Rep. Lanny Fite
    State Rep. Mark Lowery
    State Rep. Laurie Rushing
    State Rep. DeAnn Vaught
    State Rep. Micah Neal
    State Rep. Prissy Hickerson
    State Rep. Ken Henderson
    State Rep. Nate Bell
    State Rep. Dan Douglas
    State Rep. Mickey Gates
    State Rep. Charlene Fite
    State Rep. Karilyn Brown
    State Rep. David Meeks
    State Rep. Andy Davis
    State Rep. Grant Hodges
    State Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh

  • mrcharles
    February 16, 2016 at 4:48 p.m.

    IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER FLOOD

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 16, 2016 at 4:50 p.m.

    LR1955, that's my line. However, ditto.

  • GDB58
    February 16, 2016 at 5:03 p.m.

    Begin typing here... Trump is the way to go; he is pretty much self funded. All the other candidates will owe someone for their votes

  • RBBrittain
    February 16, 2016 at 5:40 p.m.

    "Senate President Jonathan Dismang"? Isn't the more accurate title "President Pro Tem"? The Arkansas Constitution is unclear, mainly because the Senate originally appointed its own president only to be replaced with the Lieutenant Governor by a later amendment; even that amendment uses "President of the Senate" twice in the same section for different purposes (once for the Lieutenant Governor, then again for the pro tem). However, later amendments & statutes generally refer to the appointed senator as "President Pro Tempore of the Senate", consistent with both the U.S. Constitution (though it renders the Latin "pro tempore" in all lowercase, and in some texts in italics) and the senator's actual role.

  • ARMNAR
    February 16, 2016 at 9:17 p.m.

    Funniest thing I've read in months.

    Rubio.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Packman
    February 16, 2016 at 9:38 p.m.

    Marco Rubio is the Democrats worst nightmare. Young, energetic, exotic, dedicated family man, handsome, and not a privileged old white person. Would it be wrong to say he's Barack Obama 2008 with an "R" beside his name?

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT