In Governor's Race, Ross Criticizes Hutchinson Over Impeachment Role

Mar 26, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Ross told The Associated Press it's up to voters to decide whether impeachment will be an issue in the race for Arkansas' top office this year. He cited it as the difference between his service in Washington and Hutchinson's.

Both are former congressmen. Hutchinson was one of the House managers who argued before the Senate for Clinton's removal over lies he told about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinksy.

The Senate voted to acquit the 42nd president. Hutchinson dismissed Ross' comments, saying his rival was focusing on "ancient history."

Meanwhile Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman is proposing massive cuts to Arkansas' corporate and individual income taxes and says making those reductions are a higher priority than school funding.

Coleman detailed a series of tax cut measures Wednesday that he wants to enact if elected to Arkansas' top office. He estimated the centerpiece of that plan, a proposal to cut individual income taxes 20 percent, would cost more than $2.3 billion over eight years.

Coleman is running against Hutchinson for the GOP nomination in the May primary, and has lagged in fundraising and organization.

Ross and Hutchinson have unveiled competing proposals to cut state individual income taxes.