GOP candidate for Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, said he is focusing on fundraising, but is also content with few fireworks in his current campaign bid.
Hutchinson, who appeared on Capitol View on KARK Ch. 4, said the election is still more than a year-and-a-half away and voters are concentrating on other events. That said, he is enthused about his current fundraising efforts.
“Fundraising is going very, very well for me. I’ve really been thrilled with the response, and not just with my traditional supporters but with new supporters holding fundraisers – longtime Democrats or Beebe supporters have been able to join with me,” he said.
“I’m not worried about the fundraising side at all. We’re meeting all of our target goals. We’ll have what we need and I will make a million dollars in the near future,” said Hutchinson, who also sought to downplay too much focus on raising money this early in the game. “It’s like a public company in which you have quarterly earnings reports and your stock value goes up or down depending on whether or not you meet expectations. So it’s important to keep those expectations low.”
Hutchinson also discussed the potential additions of more GOP candidates in the Governor’s race. Currently, former Safe Foods CEO Curtis Coleman has officially announced for the post, and State Rep. Debra Hobbs (R-Rogers) said Friday she planned to enter the Governor’s race. Also, Speaker of the House Davy Carter (R-Cabot) is contemplating a run.
Hutchinson said that term limits and an open seat are contributing to the interest.
“I don’t know of any candidate who would like to have more candidates in opposition,” said Hutchinson. “It’s wide open, so naturally, naturally there’s going to be many that look at this.”
Hutchinson also discussed a variety of factors related to gun control legislation that has been a hot topic of debate in the nation’s capitol. Watch his full interview below.