It is no secret the the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is actively recruiting here in Arkansas for races against Republican Congressmen Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford as well as the open seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Mike Ross. However, you can scratch at least one name off their list in central Arkansas.
The Tolbert Report picked up on a rumor a few days ago that the DCCC was actively recruiting state Rep. John Edwards (D-Little Rock) as a challenger for Griffin; however, he tells me tonight he is staying where he is.
"I have no plans to run for Congress in 2012," said Edwards. "I am running for another term in the Arkansas House. Earlier this year, I was contacted by the DCCC and told them the same thing."
Although it is still early, there have been a noticeable lack of candidates stepping forward on the Democratic side. State Rep. Clark Hall (D-Marvell) is considering challenging Crawford, but has not formally announced and State Sen. Gene Jeffress (D-Louann) has announced for Ross’ seat. No Democrat has announced against Griffin.