Congressman Ross Announces Retirement

I awoke this morning to some very happy birthday news:  Congressman Mike Ross (AR-4) was calling a news conference & it was expected that he would announce his retirement from Congress.  He did.

Around 8:35 a.m., state senator Steve Harrelson tweeted that Congressman Ross would make a “major announcement” at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn near the Little Rock Airport.  A few minutes before 10:00, there were “confirmed reports” that Ross would announce his retirement.  A few minutes after 10:00, the press conference had still not begun but the room was noticeably void of any Ross supporters.  The presser began and Ross did announce that he would retire, a story that has made national news.

By 10:23, Tom Cotton reportedly announced his candidacy for the 4th District seat.

A few minutes before 11:00, Beth Ann Rankin (2011 challenger to Ross) began building speculation that she will enter the race.

By noon, this entire story was old news.  Behold: the power of new media.

To read the Ross statement & speculation about who will enter the 4th District race, head over to Talk Business.

One very interesting name that has made Roby Brock’s short list of potential GOP candidates: Will Rockefeller, son of the late Lt. Governor Win Paul Rockefeller.

Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot & former Searcy City Council candidate.  He owns & operates Horton’s Lawn Care in Searcy.  In his spare time, he volunteers for various political causes.  Contact Nicholas at & follow him on Twitter.


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