by Max Brantley
“Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr’s insistence that he meant no wrong does not erase the fact that he broke 11 ethics violations and illegally spent campaign and taxpayer money. And anyone who has called for him to resign and repair the public’s trust is simply upholding transparency and ethics in our government and standing up for the taxpayers of Arkansas. Calls for a resignation have come from Republicans and Democrats alike because we are Arkansans first who care about our state’s tax dollars.”
“The fact is that Mark Darr can no longer honorably serve as the second-highest ranking official of our state. If a person commits a crime, an excuse of ‘I didn’t know’ wouldn’t pass muster with a judge. Darr has lost the public’s trust entirely and must resign.”
"Asa Hutchinson has refused to call on Mark Darr to resign immediately despite Mark Darr's own admission of illegally spending campaign and taxpayer dollars. Hutchinson's reason for not calling on Darr to resign is a DC politician's excuse. Arkansans are right to expect that their elected officials be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct. It’s troubling that Asa Hutchinson is comfortable allowing Mark Darr to continue serving as Arkansas’s Lt. Governor."
I disagree. I believe that the impeachment of a constitutional officer who violated specific, clearly defined rules regarding campaign and state funds might serve as a deterrent for future officers who consider doing the same, and I hope that it might spur the legislature to propose and amendment to abolish the pointless Lt. Gov. office altogether.