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Candidate Mayberry calls for Darr resignation

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published January 2, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

A state representative running for the Arkansas' second-highest office joined Thursday a list of public officials who have called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign after the state Ethics Commission determined that Darr violated campaign-finance laws.

State Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, said on his Facebook election page Thursday afternoon that he thinks Darr's presence would be an "unnecessary distraction" from other issues in the forthcoming fiscal session.

Mayberry acknowledged he would be ineligible to run if a special election were called because he is a sitting state representative, but he said calling for Darr's resignation was right regardless.

"From a personal perspective, I understand that traditional political wisdom would indicate that Mark Darr's resignation might diminish my own opportunities to win a general election," he said. "In the end, though, we all have to do what we believe is the right thing."

The Arkansas Ethics Commission sent Darr a public letter of reprimand Tuesday after it found Darr, a Republican, had violated 11 statutory provisions and had misspent more than $44,000 in campaign and taxpayer funds dating back to 2010, when he ran for office.

On New Year's Eve, Gov. Mike Beebe and most of the state's U.S. legislators — Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman and Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton — called on Darr to resign.

"Before making today's announcement, I gave myself a litmus test," Mayberry said. "If a member of the opposing political party had admitted to these same violations under the same circumstances, would I expect that person to resign? The answer is undoubtedly 'yes.' If that would be my answer for a Democrat, that needs to be my answer for a Republican, too."

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djigoo says... January 2, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

GOP will eat itself.

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aimee says... January 2, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

They must be immune to the corruption of its body..!!!

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Populist says... January 2, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

This really is not as bad as some of the things that the Democrats or other Republicans have done. If Brummett's column is correct, Darr incorrectly charged a little over $5,000 in personal expenses to the campaign. The rest he was entitled to get back as he had loaned the campaign large amounts. Campaigns routinely get their hands slapped for all sorts of improper reimbursements and expenditures. I am much more bothered when candidates take inappropriate large amounts of money from entities which the government regulates or with which the government does business. The Democrats are as bad as the Republicans.

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golfinator says... January 3, 2014 at 10:03 a.m.

He should resign right after Dustin McDaniel does

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JessePinkman says... January 3, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

They tried to eat the Democrats but they tasted like crap

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aimee says... January 3, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

Corrupted Republicans taste worse..!!!

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JessePinkman says... January 4, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

aimee you can decide on the best taste between dog crap and cow crap; I will continue to decide between beef tenderloin and pork tenderloin.

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aimee says... January 7, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.

JimmyConner:
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You must just be another corpulent corrupted corporate Republican..!!!

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