Former FEMA Head to Run for Congress in Arkansas

Image: Former FEMA Head to Run for Congress in Arkansas

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 12:19 PM

By Dan Weil

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former FEMA Director James Lee Witt announced Tuesday his intention to run for Congress from Arkansas's 4th district, which is being vacated by Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who plans to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor next year.

"I’ve spent my adult life bringing people together at the toughest times of their lives and dealing with disasters," the Democrat said during a conference call Tuesday with reporters.

"Nowhere needs disaster relief more than Washington. No place needs to be brought together more than Congress."

Although he was popular in his home state and across the country while he was President Bill Clinton's director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Witt's campaign is by no means expected to be a slam dunk, especially in a district where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took 62 percent of the vote last year, according to Politico.

On the Republican side, Tommy Mall, an energy executive, and Bruce Westerman, the state House majority leader, hope to take over Cotton's seat and keep it in Republican hands.

At the moment, Republicans hold all four of the state’s congressional seats for the first time since the end of the Civil War. But Democrats hope to capitalize in Arkansas on the strength of Witt and Patrick Henry Hays, former mayor of North Little Rock, who also is vying for an open seat being vacated by a Republican, Politico reports.

Related Stories:
Liberal Polls Show Democrats Could Take Back House 2014
Rove: Democrats Unlikely to Retake House in 2014 Elections




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Breitbart: Govt Report Says Congress Can 'Defund' Amnesty

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 12:05 PM

Breitbart News reports that the Congressional Research Service , a nonpartisan branch of the Library of Congress , concl . . .

Early Casualty of Obama Amnesty: Tax Breaks for Working Americans

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 08:54 AM

Behind-the-scenes bargaining between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Rep. Dave Camp on a bundle of about-to-ex . . .

Senate Dems Ever More at Odds With Obama, WH Policies

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 07:47 AM

Criticism of President Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved