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Governor Beebe Calls for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's Resignation

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe called on Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign Tuesday amid an $11,000 ethics violation.
 (Dixie Knight Photo)
(Dixie Knight Photo)
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe called on Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign Tuesday amid an $11,000 ethics violation.

Beebe told reporters his discussion with Darr was "short and sweet" Tuesday morning.

Darr, a Republican elected in 2010, accepted responsibility on Monday for several violations of state law regarding misuse of campaign and taxpayer money. The head of the state Ethics Commission said Monday that commissioners found probable cause that Darr violated portions of the Arkansas code 11 times, dating back to his 2010 run for office.

On Monday, the commission said Darr agreed to pay $11,000 in fines to settle claims that he misspent campaign funds and failed to keep complete records.

Darr said Tuesday he plans to complete his term that ends in January 2015.

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

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is backing Gov. Beebe though. Chair Vincent Insalaco made the following statement Tuesday:

"The Ethics Commission report confirmed what the Legislative Audit showed- that Mark Darr has a disregard for the law. He has misused more taxpayer and campaign funds than the majority of Arkansans make in a year.
"Darr's reassurance that he won't have the same problems in the future is too little, too late. Our elected officials must be held accountable and Mark Darr's record of irresponsibility is entrenched. Arkansans deserve better. Mark Darr should resign immediately."


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