GOP governor candidate Jan Morgan talks about guns, taxes, and government waste
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Talk Business & Politics) - Jan Morgan jumped into the Arkansas governor’s race on New Year’s Eve and threatened to be a disruptive force in the GOP primary.
For incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson, she’s had that effect by traveling the state accusing the governor of not being conservative enough and allowing state government to grow too much under his leadership.
The governor has countered he was conservative when conservative wasn’t cool in Arkansas while offering up his record on strong job growth, rising incomes, and initiatives to utilize more technology to shrink and improve government services delivery.
The winner of the Republican primary between Morgan and Hutchinson will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which pits Jared Henderson versus Leticia Sanders. Libertarian Mark West will be on the November general election ballot.
After a career in television media (she has appeared as a regular panelist on Fox News), Morgan and her husband now own a gun range in Hot Springs. The Second Amendment proponent famously declared a few years ago that the gun range would be “Muslim-free,” but Morgan says there’s more to her and her candidacy than gun rights even though her insurgent bid for governor was thrusted by a blistering speech on gun freedom at the Arkansas legislature in 2017.
Morgan spoke about the recent March for Our Lives Movement last weekend.
“It was exciting to me and I love to see the fact that young people are finally engaged and passionate about something besides Xbox… I don’t like their message, particularly, but they’re young and I think this will be a learning experience for them and I would love to have a chance to sit down with those kids and talk to them about the history of gun control. The sad thing is, they’re being exploited by the far left, anti-gun movement.”
In a lengthy interview with Talk Business & Politics’ Roby Brock, Morgan shared her upbringing and early career, offered more thoughts on last weekend’s youth marches for gun restrictions, and discussed her general positions on tax cuts and state government downsizing.