At this moment, all I know is what I see in this post on the Facebook page of Josh Mahony, who’d filed as a candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Tom Cotton.
Minutes later, Democratic officials confirmed the news from Mahony, distributed by Facebook and Twitter about two hours after filing closed. It’s uncertain at this moment if the Democratic Party can substitute a candidate, if it can find one, after the close of filing. A spokesman said the party was talking with the secretary of state’s office about its ability to find a replacement candidate.
Cotton still has a Libertarian candidate, Ricky Dale Harrington Jr., and an independent, Dan Whitfield.
Mahony posted the same message on Twitter, where only a few hours he’d been cheering Joyce Elliott’s candidacy for Congress and criticizing Donald Trump for telling lies about the DACA program that protects immigrant “dreamers.” Mahony’s tweet had drawn a blast from the Arkansas Republican Party, which called attention to some mistakes he’d made in his political filings.
Cotton would have been a heavy favorite and he started with a huge bankroll, but Mahony, an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in the Third District two years ago, promised at least to mix it up on issues, including Cotton’s fealty to Donald Trump.
His Facebook announcement drew dozens of sympathetic comments.