by Max Brantley
The old Arkie saying comes to mind as I read Talk Business' report on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's "individual brief" in one of the lawsuits challenging federal health care reform law. Brief on, lt. gov.
Darr's legal argument is a whole lot less compelling than the argument that he and others, including a Koch Boys operative, promoted an illegal legislative campaign fund-raiser. They used U.S. Rep. Steve Womack as a host to rake in corporate cash, not allowed by federal law. Womack alone has called for refund of the illegal contributions. Darr's office won't respond to questions. House Minority Leader John Burris won't respond to questions. Koch tool Teresa Oelke won't respond to questions. They just want to keep the money for legislators and hope the issue will go away. Maybe somebody ought to file a brief. Or an FEC complaint.
KARN News Radio notes that Darr distributed his news release and information about his intervention in the lawsuit — with its political criticism — from his lieutenant governor's office, using taxpayer-paid staff and equipment. He said he did the matter as an individual, but that when he was in Little Rock, the lieutenant governor's office was his office and he could send stuff from his office. Really? The tape from KARN: