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Staying in office, Darr says

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was originally published January 7, 2014 at 1:14 p.m. Updated January 7, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.


Lt. Gov Mark Darr tells reporters Tuesday that he has no intention of resigning after ethical violations surfaced last week.

Darr feels resigning 'would not be the best course'

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr met with the media Tuesday to discuss his current ongoing situation. Darr was found to have spent over $41,000 in taxpayer and campaign funds for personal use. Several political figures, including Gov. Mike Beebe, have asked for Darr to resign. (By David Harten)
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Pressed on plans, Darr set to speak

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said Tuesday that he will not resign from office and intends to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in January 2015.

"Today I put a stake in the ground. Not for this office. Nor for the title or the job. But I put a stake in the ground for those Arkansans who are sick and tired of these types of political games and the people who play them," Darr said in a written statement released today. "It would be an immediate fix to tuck tail and run but I would regret it for years to come."

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Darr declined to discuss the people he says are playing political games.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission fined Darr $11,000 and issued him a public letter of reprimand last week for 11 separate violations of state campaign and ethics rules.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has called on Darr to resign and some legislators are calling for Darr to be impeached. All five Republican members of the Arkansas congressional delegation have also urged Darr to quit. In a joint written statement, released on Dec. 31, the GOP lawmakers said: “Based on Lt. Governor Darr’s own admissions, it is clear he has violated that trust, and he should step down immediately for the good of our state.”

Shortly after Darr's statement, House Speaker Davy Carter said his office is looking at how to move forward with impeachment if a majority of House members want to pursue that process. He said the most likely first step would be appointing a bipartisan committee to make recommendations on the procedures for impeachment.

Impeachment would require 51 votes in the 100-member House. For a conviction, 24 votes are needed in the 35-member Senate.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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SRBROTHERINLAW says... January 7, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

Stay in office Darr. Beebe needs to resign.

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maelstrom says... January 7, 2014 at 1:26 p.m.

I'm sick and tired of corrupt and clearly incompetent politicians making a mockery out of the offices to which they are elected and the voters who elect them. I sure wish someone would put a stake in the ground for me and kick Darr to the curb where he belongs. For the record, I supported him until all of this came to light. I'm a conservative, CCW holding Arkansan, and I appreciate that he did right for CCW holders when spineless Beebe would not. But now I realize he is just another sleazeball politician trying to get ahead on the backs of the citizens.

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NOTAGAIN says... January 7, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

What an idiot! File charges if criminal acts were committed.. What a disgrace to the state and people.

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Parkpla says... January 7, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

What a disgrace to Arkansas! Stealing money, having troopers drive your family... Who elects these idiots????

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nrb says... January 7, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

Oh my goodness!!!

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RaylanGivens says... January 7, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.

What a loser; get rid of him somehow!

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TigerInArk says... January 7, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

He may not resign, but he is a dead man walking. He won't be elected to public office at any level after this. It don't look good, Mark, when the 5 Republicans of the Arkansas congressional delegation have urged you to resign.

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Pacorabone says... January 7, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.

Hmmmmm a lot of you casting stones... I say.. If there was a crime, charge him and prosecute him. If it was a campaign rule violation. Give it a rest.. Surely there are more important areas we can focus our energy than this relatively insignificant office. We're going to have to figure out how to pay for this Medicare expansion here in Ar.

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JakeTidmore says... January 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Mark Darr blames everyone else for his problems, sounding like a spoiled child in the process.
If he wants to be the albatross hanging around Republican necks in the upcoming elections, the Republican party better get their act, impeach the little twit, and toss him overboard as fast as they can before his stench ruins their chances in the election campaigns.
And remember that Darr was a coward afraid to face the reporters in an open press conference. He selected who he wanted to meet and only talked to them one at a time. Why is he still hiding himself from the public??

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Longhaul says... January 7, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

This guy must have gotten lessons from the thungs in Chicago, Il. He would be right at home there.

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