The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reports that a candidate is going to challenge GOP Rep. John Boozman in a Republican primary for the Third District House seat and will announce on August 3.
The only catch is that they’re not telling WHO this person might be, which is just about the douchiest move I can imagine.
So, Arkansas Project readers, I command you: Let’s shake this joker’s name loose. Who is it? Shoot me an e-mail or drop your suggestions in the comments. I have a suspicion as to the name, but want to ask around a bit.
(Mark Moore at the Arkansas Watch blog forecast this announcement last week.)
UPDATE: The Arkansas Project has it on good authority that the name to watch is Bernard Skoch, another retired military fellow (pronounced “Scotch”). And it so happens we have video of him speaking to the Fayetteville Tea Party on April 15:
Bio information at jump. Oh, and that suspicion I referred to above as to who I thought it would be? It wasn’t that person at all. Go figure.
Official U.S. Air Force bio on Skoch:
BRIGADIER GENERAL BERNARD K. SKOCH
Retired June 30, 2003.
Brig. Gen. Bernard K. Skoch is Director of Communications Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Skoch is responsible for developing policies and procedures for communications enterprise operations and maintenance, and ensuring nearly 100,000 Air Force communications and information professionals are trained, organized and equipped for full-spectrum operations.
General Skoch is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1974. He is a 28-year communications officer who has served in numerous joint, command and senior leadership positions. His early assignments were in communications operations and maintenance at the tactical and Air Force major command levels. He has commanded multiple squadrons, with missions ranging from intelligence training, to support for a strategic missile wing and the Secretary of Defense.
General Skoch served on the Joint Staff supporting the National Military Command System, and developing the Global Command and Control System. He also served as the senior communications and information officer, and Chief Information Officer for Pacific Air Forces, and as the Director of Systems for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Information at the Air Staff. Prior to assuming his current position, General Skoch served as the Principal Director for Customer Advocacy and for Network Services at the Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va., where he provided network support to combatant commanders, services and agencies in the Department of Defense.