Arkansas governor asks for lieutenant governor's resignation
Arkansas governor Mike Beebe looks on during a Martin Luther King Jr. service in Little Rock, Arkansas in this January 15, 2013 Governor's office handout photo.
December 31st, 2013
01:19 PM ET
9 years ago

Arkansas governor asks for lieutenant governor's resignation

Washington (CNN) – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has asked Republican Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr, the state's second in command, to resign over campaign finance impropriety.

Beebe called Darr on Tuesday to ask for his resignation, according to a spokesman for Beebe, after an Arkansas ethics commission ruled that Darr had broken 11 campaign finance laws since 2010.

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After the call, though, Amber Pool, a spokeswoman for Darr, said the lieutenant governor had no intention of stepping down.

In the wake of the ethics ruling, Darr admitted he erred on campaign finance filings, signed a letter from the ethics commission that admitted guilt, and agreed to pay $11,000 in fines.

Beebe's resignation call only holds symbolic weight. The popular governor has no authority to force Darr out because both are independent constitutional officers for the state of Arkansas. According to the governor’s spokesman, Matt DeCample, only the state legislature can force Darr to resign.

After the call with Beebe, Darr attempted to move past the call for his resignation in a statement to CNN.

"The mistakes I made have been well documented," he said. "My focus now is on making things right with the people of Arkansas."

Darr was elected lieutenant governor in 2010, defeating Democrat state Senator Shane Broadway.

In August, he declared his intention to run for the open U.S. House seat in Arkansas's 4th Congressional District that's currently held by Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who's decided to challenge Democrat Mark Pryor for his U.S. Senate seat.

Shortly after his announcement, however, local media began to report improper spending by Darr's 2010 campaign. Because of these questions over campaign finances, Darr called off his congressional campaign less than a month after declaring.

Term-limited, Beebe cannot run for another term in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Seattle Sue

    Darr should not resign, he should just go to jail.

    December 31, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. ug

    He won't get it...

    December 31, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. J R Brown

    President Obama has the luxury of a Democrat Party controlled Senate....he could murder someone on the White House lawn and never be charged with a crime. Saying that he hasn't been convicted of any impropriety so he must not be doing anything wrong is so ludicrously ignorant of the way our government operates, anyone posting such nonsense deserves a swift kick in the balls.

    Obama knows how the government works...he knows he can violate practically any law he wants with impunity because no Democrat is ever going to hold him accountable.

    The best hope for Obama being held accountable for his abuses of his office is for the GOP to gain control of the House and Senate. Now that the Dems changed the rules, it would only take a simple majority to impeach him.

    December 31, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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