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Beebe: ‘Nothing’s changed’ on Darr stance

By David Harten

This article was originally published January 8, 2014 at 12:35 p.m. Updated January 8, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.


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

Beebe: 'Nothing's changed' on Darr

Gov. Mike Beebe told media members Wednesday that "nothing's changed" in regards to his stance on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr following Darr's comments on Tuesday. (By David Harten)
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Gov. Mike Beebe remained steadfast Wednesday in his opinion that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr should resign in the wake of violating 11 ethics laws, despite Darr's comments Tuesday that he has no plans to end his term early.

Before his address of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators' Superintendent Symposium, Beebe on Wednesday afternoon said “nothing’s changed” in his opinion.

Darr conducted several interviews with news media and released a statement Tuesday attributing his misspending of campaign and taxpayer funds to "an oversight."

“I am not downplaying what has occurred, but there is no scandal, no conspiracy and no malicious intentional disregard of the law,” Darr said in the statement.

“It’s not healthy," Beebe said when asked what the situation has done to the state. “I don’t think anybody’s happy about it, on any side of the equation. I think everybody is saddened by it all, regardless of what their position is. I bet you if you ask [Darr] about it, he’s saddened by it. It’s not healthy.”

On Tuesday, Darr reiterated that he had no plans to resign, adding that he was speaking publicly to “get the truth out.”

Beebe stated during a brief news conference Dec. 31 that he thought Darr should resign.

In December, Darr was found by the state Ethics Commission to have violated 11 state campaign and ethics laws and misspent more than $44,000 in public funds dating back to when he ran for office. 

When asked whether he believes an impeachment of Darr is inevitable, Beebe declined comment, saying he “wouldn’t begin to speculate on the legislature.”


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nrb says... January 8, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

Darr is.... you fill in the blank.

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Pacorabone says... January 8, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Darr is... the Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Arkansas. If everyone, including Gov. Beebe would look at the facts you would NOT demand the resignation of our Lt. Gov.


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tawcat says... January 8, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.

This guy is a winner for sure. Misspent equals stealing. And he says people want to have politicians that are like them, that have made mistakes in life. Mr Darr, get a grip, you are a criminal. If I made that $44,000 mistake you'd be right there accusing me of wrong doing and throwing me in prison. We have enough politicians like you, we don't need another one.

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jmoz says... January 8, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

When is Beebe going to call for Dustin McDaniel to resign? His actions were what was expected?

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Pacorabone says... January 8, 2014 at 10:34 p.m.

Jmoz... Here here!!!!

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... January 9, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

Back off Beebe!!! Darr is doing what all politicians do. None of you are above reproach.
I would support your call for resignation if just one of you was honest and told the truth . That my friend will never happen. Politcians lie...that's how they get elected.

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golfinator says... January 9, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

I agree guys, when El Beebe gets McDaniel to resign, then Darr should be right behind him, until then, Darr should remain in office

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