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McDaniel admits to inappropriate relationship

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published December 18, 2012 at 10:48 a.m. Updated December 18, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.


FILE - In this March 4, 2010, file photo Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, right, and his wife, Bobbi, walk through the state Capitol in Little Rock after he filed for re-election.

— Arkansas Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Dustin McDaniel has admitted he had an inappropriate relationship with an attorney last year.

McDaniel said in a statement that he had "limited interaction" that was "inappropriate" with attorney Andrea Davis after meeting her during the 2010 campaign for attorney general. A spokesman for his campaign said the revelation does not affect McDaniel's decision to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

"My wife Bobbi and I love each other very much," McDaniel said. "I have been candid with her about this matter, and with much prayer, we have moved on with our life together. I hope the people of Arkansas will also accept my apology and know how honored I am to work for them every day.”

The allegation came up originally in a custody suit in Garland County in which Davis' ex-husband accused her of cheating on him with McDaniel, Talk Business reported. The publication was the first to report news of McDaniel acknowledging the inappropriate relationship.

In a document filed earlier this month in Garland County Circuit Court in Davis' custody case with ex-husband Dr. Fred Day, Davis is asked to admit she had sexual relations with McDaniel in 2011 or 2012.

"Objection," her response reads. "The question asks for information irrelevant to the issues before the court and is asked solely to harass and annoy."

No details on the relationship were included in McDaniel's brief statement.

“I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate," McDaniel said in the statement. "I have no knowledge of the other allegations contained in this pleading."

Tricia Wallace, a spokesman for McDaniel, said McDaniel has not been asked to testify in the custody case and is not expected to do so. She said no further specifics on the relationship would be released.

"We're not going to get into that level of detail," she said.

Wallace said the affair does not alter McDaniel's announced political plans.

"No, it doesn't," she said. "He is running for governor."

A message left with Davis' Hot Springs' office was not immediately returned late Tuesday morning.

McDaniel was the first candidate to formally announce he is running for governor.


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RaylanGivens says... December 18, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.

Should make him a shoo in to win any political race

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SUPERDUTY says... December 18, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.

If he "loved her very much", why did this happen? I guess he was trying to get in full politician mode!!!!!!!!

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T6 says... December 18, 2012 at 11:36 a.m.

A resume enhancer for Democrats!!!!

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StrayGoose says... December 18, 2012 at 11:53 a.m.

Lets see...both Dusty and Billy Bob are Arkansas politicians who have cheated on their wives...they're both butt-boys for Obummer...hmmm...coincidence or the DemocRAT vision for America???

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MenLR2 says... December 18, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.

So Arkansas ..... LOL Sounds like he may be trying to say he did not inhale?

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Tag68 says... December 18, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.

What can I say - they are horny toads in Arkansas - must be in the water!

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Independent says... December 18, 2012 at noon

People make mistakes, and one's character is truly displayed by how he rights his wrongs.
Mr. McDaniel has done a lot of good for our state and I hope he will be defined not by this mistake but by how he heals the wounds it has caused.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 18, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.

I feel your pain comes to mind.

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TheBatt says... December 18, 2012 at 12:22 p.m.

"A spokesman for his campaign said the revelation does not affect McDaniel's decision to run for the Democratic nomination for governor."

Of course it has no affect on his choice to run... Infidelity seems to be almost an expectation of Democrats any more.

Yet another example of the "Character" question... or the lack thereof.

If one loves their spouse - the infidelity (or "inappropriate relationships) don't happen. Period.

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