UPDATE: Halter camp criticizes McDaniel for announcing run for governor
Statement by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel:
"Today with the filing of Articles of Incorporation, I began laying the groundwork for a campaign for Governor in 2014.
This initial legal step allows me to begin the process of organizing and financing a gubernatorial bid. A formal announcement of my candidacy will come at a later date, but I expect a hard-fought campaign.
I have the experience and ability to lead our state, confront the issues facing our citizens, and meet the demands of a 21st century economy. I believe Arkansas's best days are yet to come, and I look forward to sharing my vision in the months ahead."
2:45 PM UPDATE
A spokesperson for former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has criticized McDaniel for announcing his campaign so early. In a written statement, Bud Jackson said,People are sick and tired of perpetual campaigns and the election for the next governor is more than two years away. Launching a campaign now for November 2014 undermines candidates on the ballot this November. Time would be better spent working to get ethics reform before Arkansas voters this November.
According to Jackson, Halter is considering a run for governor as well, but is focusing on getting ethics reform on the November ballot for now.
Roger Susanin will have more on the story tonight at 5 and 6.