Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (left), Gov. Mike Beebe (right).
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Tuesday, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe requested that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr resign from office.
This request came after a recent ethics investigation that found Darr guilty of misspending campaign funds and failing to properly keep records. Darr signed a letter on Monday in which he agreed with the panel's findings and agreed to pay $1,000 for each of his eleven violations, totaling $11,000.
On Tuesday, a variety of politicians from the Natural State, including Darr and Beebe, released statements on the matter.
"Some mistakes I made have been well documented. My focus now is making things right with the people of Arkansas." - Lt. Gov. Mark Darr
"I think it's in Darr's best interest, and everybody's best interest, if he'd resign. He's indicated he's not going to and there's nothing I can do about that, but at least I can express my feelings." - Gov. Mike Beebe
"To be consistent with the standards to which former state Senator Paul Bookout was held, I sadly and reluctantly recommend the resignation of Lt. Governor Mark Darr." - Republican gubernatorial candidate, Curtis Coleman
"In the case of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, the ethical violations are troubling and serious and should be reviewed by the prosecuting attorney. As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding public officials accountable for improper conduct. In my view, the public has a right to expect the highest level of ethical conduct by its elected officials and the public should demand resignation when criminal conduct has occurred. It should be noted that only a prosecutor or grand jury can assess the question of criminal conduct and whether there is probable cause for criminal charges. It is my understanding that the Pulaski County prosecutor is reviewing the ethical violations of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. It is important that the prosecutor assess the violations to determine whether criminal conduct has occurred and charges should be filed. If criminal charges are filed then a resignation should be demanded. Until then, we should let the process work and expect the decision of the Ethics Commission in terms of fine and amended reports to be fulfilled." - Former Congressman and Republican candidate for Governor, Asa Hutchinson