Ethics Commission Tosses Complaint Against Governor

MARCH 17, 2006 - Posted at 4:03 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Ethics Commission tossed out a complaint against Governor Huckabee today.

Graham Sloan, the commission's executive director, said that by a 3-to-0 vote, commissioners dismissed a complaint filed by Drew Pritt, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor.

In December, Pritt claimed that Huckabee used state computers to send e-mail messages urging voters to support issuing bonds for roads and schools.  The bond issues failed in a December 13 statewide election.

Huckabee has called Pritt's complaint "utterly frivolous" and said the ethics complaint system should be revised to weed out what he calls frivolous complaints against elected officials.

Pritt said he was disappointed with the ruling and called it a "travesty and tragedy for government in general and the ethics of government officials."

The Ethics Commission has penalized Huckabee in one way or another five times since he started his political career in the early 1990s.  Pritt's was the 14th complaint against the governor.

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