Attorney General gives opinion on Darr impeachment threat

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- AttorneyGeneral Dustin McDaniel was in  today to speak about Cyber Crimes inArkansas but the question of Darr's resignation brought up another issue.

McDanielsaid it would be best if the lieutenant governor resigned rather than put thelegislature through an impeachment.  LieutenantGovernor Mark Darr announced Tuesday that he would not resign despite hismultiple ethics violations.

"Just from amatter of decency and pragmatism I don't think that they want to have to be putthrough that," said Attorney General Dustin McDaniel."I think the legislature should have to be put through that and I don'tthink the state should."

Last weekDarr agreed with Ethics Commission findings that he violated state ethics and campaignlaws 11 times and agreed to $11,000 in fines. Now theHouse is looking into impeaching Darr if he doesn't leave.

And McDanielsaid the time for Darr to address the violations has passed.

"If hethought he could manage it by explanation then that probably should have beendone a month or so ago and that time is probably passed," he said. "Now, Ithink he's a little too far down the road to avoid impeachment other thanresignation."

No stateofficial has been impeached since the 1874 constitution.

"It would be a vote in the House then a votein the Senate." McDaniel said.

Stateofficials are reviewing rules for the impeachment process.

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