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McDaniel spokesman: Attorney in relationship handled 5 cases

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 20, 2012 at 11:07 a.m. Updated December 20, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.


Arkansas State Police investigator Dennis Morris escorts a handcuffed Andrea Davis to a car on Feb. 29 after the body of Maxwell Anderson was found ou...

— The lawyer with whom Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has admitted an extramarital relationship was the opposing counsel in five cases since 2010 that were handled by the attorney general’s office, a spokesman said Thursday.

McDaniel’s office said Hot Springs attorney Andrea L. Davis was the opposing counsel in four cases in addition to a highly publicized school choice lawsuit the state lost. McDaniel, who has been married since 2009, on Tuesday admitted that he had an “inappropriate” relationship with Davis in 2011. McDaniel said he met her during his 2010 re-election bid.

McDaniel, a Democrat, is the only announced candidate for governor in 2014.

Thursday’s statement shows that Davis’ dealings with McDaniel’s office went beyond the school choice case. Davis represented a group of parents who successfully challenged the law. McDaniel’s office represents state education officials in that suit.

McDaniel’s office has defended his office’s handling of the school choice lawsuit and said he never talked with her about the case. Davis did not return calls Thursday morning.

“All of these cases were handled by senior and assistant attorneys general without direct involvement by the Attorney General,” McDaniel spokesman Aaron Sadler said.

The other four cases included three before the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board involving a Hot Springs Village veterinarian and a deceptive trade practices lawsuit the state filed against the owner of a fish hatchery. The state prevailed in all three cases, Sadler said.

Sadler released the statement after McDaniel’s office denied a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press for the attorney general’s phone records, emails and daily schedules. In a letter turning down the request, Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps cited an exemption in the open records law for the attorney general’s “unpublished memoranda, working papers and correspondence.”

Sadler also said the attorney general’s office was among law enforcement agencies sent an order by Garland County Circuit Court to assist in the return of Davis’ children from New Jersey. The AG’s special investigations division told Davis that the office could not assist her and referred her to law enforcement in New Jersey.

The custody dispute between Davis and her ex-husband was what ultimately prompted McDaniel to acknowledge the relationship. Davis’ ex-husband in October alleged a sexual affair between Davis and McDaniel in an October court filing.

McDaniel’s campaign has refused to detail the nature or extent of his relationship with Davis, but said he has no plans to drop out of the governor’s race.

Read more in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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RiverRunner says... December 20, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.

Is he still here? The best thing that the not-so honorable Dustin could due, would be to resign and slither back into whatever hole he slinked out of in the first place!

If this cat ever gets into the governor's office, it will indeed be a sad day for the state of Arkansas.

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mhck52 says... December 20, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.

It may be worse than that. Time Magazine made Prez Obama "Person of the Year" because he was the first person to be elected president by those who don't care about politics, don't pay attention to what's going on in government and still vote. So Dusty still has a chance.

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Kajon says... December 20, 2012 at 1:27 p.m.

Y'all please don't be so negative about our AG. After all, he is only continuing in the time honored tradition as practiced by our very popular Bill Clinton.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... December 20, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.

I bet Mcdanials wife is so proud of him and will stick by his side as long as the money train continues.

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ArkansasHawk says... December 20, 2012 at 1:54 p.m.

Wow, someone would need to be hard up or want a favor really bad to sleep with him. He is one ugly dude!

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TiggerEd says... December 20, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.

Soap Opera. Is this the best that the Arkansas Democrat Gazette has to report on. I could care less who McDaniel had an affair with. The only person that should care his is wife and it should be left to McDaniel and his wife to sort out.

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LevyRat says... December 20, 2012 at 2:42 p.m.

Way to go Dustin, cheated on your previous wife with your current wife .... now you are cheating on your current wife ..... bet your wife didn't see that coming ...... LOL .... Liar and a cheat, yes you will make a fine Governor.

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RBBrittain says... December 20, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

I don't buy any of your predictions; most of you were probably sure Romney would win nationwide. (Of course he won Arkansas; even I knew that would happen.) Where this will hurt McDaniel is it strips him of almost all rights to claim Gov. Beebe's mantle as the "last conservative Democrat" (though McDaniel is certainly more liberal than Beebe). It'll definitely hurt him against Bill Halter, who built a substantial rural organization in his failed bid against Blanche Lincoln *and* can still wear the lottery as a badge of honor (even the decline in lottery revenue, NOT really unexpected, only proves Halter was right in directing it to scholarships). It won't knock McDaniel out of the race (Andi Davis isn't even a Monica Lewinsky), but it could still keep him out of the governor's chair.

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NoUserName says... December 20, 2012 at 5:58 p.m.

Holy f**k. He had an affair with somebody SUING the friggin' state. He's the GD AR Attorney General. I can't believe the people who say 'Eh, big deal. Not my problem.' You know, this is a reason why this country is f**ked. Maybe you should, oh, I dunno, CARE about the Attorney General banging someone who is, oh, suing the state. Talk about not seeing the bigger picture. McDaniel should resign. Yesterday.

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