This brings us back, in a way, to John Burris.
As Burris told us earlier today, the Ethics Commission has signed off on his expenditure of campaign money to give to other candidates under the theory that his attendance at those events enhances his exposure and puts him in contact with many people useful to a politician.
If and when Darr gets around to explaining his ongoing use of campaign money, I'd be willing to bet we'll hear an excuse somewhat along those lines from him. And, given the wiggle room the Ethics Commission seems willing to extend, who knows if it might not prevail? (His car expenses are more problematic because of specific rules on maintaining logs and such. And: Does his honking big truck really use that much gas?)
And let me also do something that you won't catch a Republican doing when they find a Democrat stepping out of line on an ethical matter: I'll mention that Darr isn't the only person who ever bought football tickets with campaign money. In July 2010, then Secretary of State Charlie Daniels used carryover campaign money to purchase $760 in Razorback tickets. Carryover money is somewhat different from campaign money (campaign spending post-election is only allowed to pay down debt), though prohibitions on strictly personal use remain the same. But, as the Burris case illustrates, what's not political about getting out in public when you're a public official?
Was it John Burris who said: "L'etat c'est moi"? Maybe it was Louis XIV.