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— Arkansas Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday that he stands behinds his comments about an extramarital relationship, despite suggestions from the woman involved that he wasn’t entirely truthful.

A day after apologizing publicly for an inappropriate relationship with Hot Springs attorney Andrea L. Davis, McDaniel said he regretted the effect the relationship had on her life. McDaniel, who has been married since 2009, admitted to the relationship last month and said it was a limited interaction.

“I know Ms. Davis never wanted to be a public figure, and I regret that unwanted public attention is a consequence of my actions,” McDaniel said in a statement released by a campaign spokesman. “I specifically alluded to that in my statement yesterday, which I stand behind.”

Davis has said she was disappointed with McDaniel’s comments at a Tuesday news conference in which he apologized for the relationship and vowed to continue with his 2014 campaign for governor.

“I hope he rethinks his answers and presents them as they occurred,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press late Tuesday afternoon. Davis did not immediately return a call or e-mail Wednesday morning.

McDaniel has said he met Davis during his 2010 re-election bid and the two had a “limited,” inappropriate relationship in 2011. He said the two were in each other’s presence less than half a dozen times, including at public events and that the relationship did not compromise any of the cases. He said he has not had any other affairs.

Photo by David Harten
McDaniel speaks to the press Jan. 8 regarding his extramarital affair with Hot Springs attorney Andrea Davis.
Photo by The Sentinel-Record/Mara Kuhn
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 outside her home. No one has been charged in the case, which officials said Tuesday remains “active.”

Dustin McDaniel full news conference

Dustin McDaniel on Tuesday spoke publicly for the first time about his affair with a Hot Springs attorney. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Archived Comments

  • GAITOR
    January 9, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

    And he expects to be our governor? You have got to be kidding me.

  • mhck52
    January 9, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.

    If you're a Democrat a sex scandal is a plus. Or, does that only apply in DC?

  • LevyRat
    January 9, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

    Dustin "Little Bill Clinton" McDaniel, another lying scum wants to be our Governor. Better write down your lies "Little Bill", you may not be smart enough to remember all of them.

  • pcrasehotmailcom
    January 9, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

    Hell hath no fury.....................................

  • DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN
    January 9, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.

    Mcdanial married in 2009? Didn't take him long to cheat on his new wife. I hear she is going to stand by his side. Crazy. "He is a changed man"????? Really. I guess she wants to bake cookies in the governors mansion. Good luck getting there.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    January 9, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.

    "McDaniel stands behind statements on relationship", but not on them.

  • Guzzler
    January 10, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

    He is standing behind his statements like he stood behind Ms. Davis and tore that A$$ up baby.

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