Darr admitted to misspending more than $44,000 in campaign and taxpayer funds since he took office in January 2011. Now democrats say they'll seek impeachment.
Wednesday Darr was back in Northwest Arkansas, and sat down with Fox 24's Brad Reed to discuss the continued calls for his resignation and threats of impeachment.
Q) Why are you staying in office despite the fact you could face impeachment?
A) Because only one side has been shared. So the statement I sent out yesterday was really just a clarification of the facts. Before I was called to resign no one asked me for clarification on any of these issues. And so yes, I agreed to the ethics fines, but only because if I didn't we could go to a full hearing on that and they could double the fines.
Q) Is it not true you made personal use of over $30,000 in campaign funds?
A) The $30,000 of campaign funds they said I used for personal money is true. However, I loaned my campaign $170,000. So the money that was actually in the campaign was my personal money. It wasn't wrong of me using it, but how I documented it and turned it into the Secretary of State's office was a mistake.
Q) Do you not feel it is your responsibility to know how to use campaign money properly?
A) Absolutely, and that's why from day one when this was brought to my attention I didn't do like any other elected officials and try and hide it or sweep it under the rug. I've been very honest and I've been quiet over the last few months because I wanted to know exactly what the details of those mistakes were.
Q) Former democratic State Treasurer Martha Schoffner was in trouble recently due to money issues and she resigned. Democratic State Rep Paul Bookout resigned due to campaign fund issues. Why shouldn't you resign when others in the recent past who are Democrats have resigned?
A) Paul Bookout used campaign funds, but they were other people's money. He used those to buy personal items to benefit himself. In my case, I used money that was in my campaign. Treasurer Scnoffner resigned because there was an FBI sting operation that involved a pie box and several thousand dollars to her front door. Mine were not malicious mistakes. They were unintentional. I've apologized to the people of Arkansas and unlike those other two people I've actually faced my accusers and said 'I'm sorry.'
Q) Are you worried about criminal charges that could be pressed against you?
A) My mistakes were not made with malicious intent or disregard for the law, but obviously whether to press criminal charges is for somebody else to decide. I"m just focused on making things right with the people of Arkansas, and I'm not letting it distract me right now.
Q) You have republicans who are calling for you to resign, Lt. Governor. Are you hurting the GOP by staying in office?
A) I believe there are three types of people who are asking for my resignation. Purely political people, people ignorant of the actual facts, or people making a purely emotional response. I believe that's a political outcry. I was elected to be Lt. Governor of Arkansas, not Lt. Governor of the Republican Party.
Q) Are you prepared to be impeached? Because it looks like that is where you are headed.
A) You know I've gone both ways on this. There's a part of me that says 'yes, let's take the easy way out and head to the hills.' But my wife Kim has really encouraged me. I've had numerous State Senators, numerous State Representatives, who have called and said people are making this a political game. But whether it comes to that or not, I'm not worried about it. That's going to be a decision for Kim and I at that appropriate time.
Q) What have the last few weeks been like for your family?
A) Well, it's been embarrassing for me. It's embarrassing for my spouse. It's embarrassing for my kids. There have been people who have been very rude. They'll say something to you and just start video taping your response for their social media. But for every person that hurts you there are ten that build you up.
Q) So what do you expect to happen next if not impeachment?
A) I'm not worried about that yet. I'm not called to worry about tomorrow. I'm called to worry about today. I was honored to be the Lt. Governor when I was first elected. I'm still willing to serve and until I feel that I need to move on, or until somebody says that you have to move on, then I'm the Lt. Governor.