Jan Morgan, who is exploring the idea of running against Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the Republican primary, talked about the possible bid during the Faulkner County Tea Party meeting on Thursday.
Morgan, an outspoken advocate for the second amendment who made national headlines when she declared the shooting range she owns in Hot Springs a "Muslim-free" zone, said that other than two out-of-state speaking engagements she already had scheduled, she plans to keep her focus on Arkansas.
"I am off the national stage and I am committed to you," she said. "I’m committed to this fight."
She told the packed crowd at the Tea Party meeting that she considered running for governor because she was tired of "too many misrepresenting representatives with an R by their name."
As one example, Morgan pointed out that Hutchinson continued Arkansas Works — which she said is Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
"The Constitution and the Bill of Rights guarantees you a lot of things, but it doesn’t say anything about paying for your health care," she said as the crowd cheered.
She said the governor went against the Republican Party platform on gun rights and "strong armed" other Republicans in the Arkansas legislature to do the same, which also led to her considering a run for governor.
"This is a ‘We the People’ challenge," she said.
Tea Party member David Crow said: "Jan Morgan is not a politician. But she is a staunch conservative."