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Endorsement notes candidate 'not an extortionist or blackmailer'

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published November 20, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

An Arkansas representative has endorsed Rep. Duncan Baird in the Republican primary for treasurer, noting that Baird is "not an extortionist or blackmailer."

Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, posted the endorsement on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Baird, R-Lowell, is facing Dennis Milligan of Benton in the Republican primary. The race has drawn considerable attention in recent days after Baird produced recordings he secretly made that he said showed Milligan claimed to have damaging information and wanted Baird to get out of the race.

The information in question apparently included video of Baird and other lawmakers walking into the state Capitol in the middle of the night last month and being turned away from going onto the roof.

Bell's endorsement didn't mention the controversy directly, but it comes days after the saga made headlines, including a front page story in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

"Today, I'm publicly endorsing Duncan Baird in the GOP primary for Arkansas State Treasurer," Bell wrote. "He's a CPA and securities professional with legislative experience and the personal integrity to manage Arkansas' investments honestly and efficiently. He's also not an extortionist or blackmailer and if he wants pie, I'm confident he'll buy it with his own money."

State Treasurer Martha Shoffner resigned in May three days after being arrested on a federal extortion charge. She is accused of accepting cash bribes from a bond broker, including some delivered in a pie box.

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jkc78 says... November 20, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

to the article author - Mr. Baird is not a CPA but is currently signed up to take the CPA exam.

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Packman says... November 20, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

Smart people do dumb things and dumb people do even dumber things. Waltzing through the State Capitol Bldg. at wee hours in the morning involved Dumb, Dumber, and his other brother Dumber, as well as two "wouldn't kick them out of bed for eating crackers" type females is a really dumb thing to do. So dumb that I will have a difficult time voting for any of them ever again.

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jkc78 says... November 20, 2013 at 4:42 p.m.

Packman since when is walking through the state capitol at any time a crime? I dont' think you are being reasonable.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 20, 2013 at 5 p.m.

So the babes were hot?

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Populist says... November 20, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.

Professional men and women often have drinks after work especially when they are out-of-town. Married people who trust their spouses do not see this as a problem. As long as they don't come home with clothes smelling of another woman, there is no reason to be concerned. Marriage requires trust. People are smearing Baird for doing nothing more than playing pool and drinking with a coed group. When I was active in Republican politics, it was not uncommon for there to be cocktail parties and coed groups. Women should not be excluded from political gatherings just because people have dirty minds. Not every politician is a player.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 20, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.

Yeah Pop, sure.
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Booth quality, about a buck fifteen or so?

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Whippersnapper says... November 21, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.

I dislike Baird because he voted for the Private Option (Medicaid Expansion) and because he voted to extend term limits for state legislators. Others may dislike him for other reasons, but those are sufficient for me.

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Packman says... November 21, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

Hey jkc78 - Who said what the did was a crime? There is no crime in being dumb. Elected officials in a position of authority and representing their constituents are wrong to abuse their positions in the manner these 3 amigos did. Again, I will have a difficult time voting for anyone who exhibits such poor judgment.
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And yes the women could easily be described as smokin' hot, according to my sources. Interestingly enough, one of the women reportedly works for Governor Beebe. Seems a cooperative spirit among the parties is alive and well in Arkansas, especially when it comes to drinking beer at White Water Tavern and star gazing afterwards at the State Capitol.

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