Former Clinton official to run for Congress in Arkansas
November 5th, 2013
03:44 PM ET
10 months ago

Former Clinton official to run for Congress in Arkansas

Updated 3:45 p.m. ET, 11/5/2013

Washington (CNN) - Former Clinton emergency management official and Arkansas native James Lee Witt announced Tuesday he will run for Congress.

Witt, a Democrat and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during Bill Clinton's administration, will seek to represent the Fourth Congressional District, where he lives and which covers the southwest area of the state.

He made his intentions known in a conference call and separate statement released to the press.

"I've spent my adult life bringing people together at the toughest times of their lives. Nowhere in this country needs disaster relief management or consensus building more than Washington," Witt said in the statement. "My approach is simple: if we've got a problem, let's use our common-sense and do the hard work necessary to solve it."

Witt will likely face several other Democrats in the a primary race.

Incumbent freshman Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is giving up the seat to run against Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in next year's midterm elections.


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  1. Moderate Sean

    James Lee Witt, now this is someone who Arkansas' Fourth Congressional District can count on to take good care of its citizens!!

    November 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Let's pretend this is a CNN-style piece on Obamacare:

    "James Lee Witt appears to be running for what may be a Congressional seat in a certain state. Witt appears to have served in the Cabinet of a former White House Administration. Republican Tom Cotton is vacating a seat to run for a different seat."

    November 5, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Thomas

    Jon Huntsman would be the best GOP candidate , yet he is to smart , has to much experience and speaks fluent Mandarin . And the Teabags don't want that " God forbid " .

    The only Big Guns the GOP have in there arsenal, Jeb Bush / Chris Christie ticket in 2016.

    As for Newt Gingrich , wish he would go away , take some art classes like GW .
    It's funny , republicans never give anything back after they retire . Look at Carter or Clinton , they continue to give back.

    November 5, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Reggie53

    We do not need any more of Clinton's supporters running for political office. I am tired of the same old politics...we, the American people, got fooled with Obama when he said there will be change in Washington but as far as I am concerned he has made it worse and more corrupt.

    November 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    "It's funny , republicans never give anything back after they retire "
    They cannot make too many appearances and have to be careful of where they appear.... don't want one them warrant servers catching them.

    November 5, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |