McDaniel admits to inappropriate relationship

Posted: December 18, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.

FILE - In this March 4, 2010, file photo Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, right, and his wife, Bobbi, walk through the state Capitol in Little Rock after he filed for re-election.

— Arkansas Attorney General and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Dustin McDaniel has admitted he had an inappropriate relationship with an attorney last year.

McDaniel said in a statement that he had "limited interaction" that was "inappropriate" with attorney Andrea Davis after meeting her during the 2010 campaign for attorney general. A spokesman for his campaign said the revelation does not affect McDaniel's decision to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

"My wife Bobbi and I love each other very much," McDaniel said. "I have been candid with her about this matter, and with much prayer, we have moved on with our life together. I hope the people of Arkansas will also accept my apology and know how honored I am to work for them every day.”

The allegation came up originally in a custody suit in Garland County in which Davis' ex-husband accused her of cheating on him with McDaniel, Talk Business reported. The publication was the first to report news of McDaniel acknowledging the inappropriate relationship.

In a document filed earlier this month in Garland County Circuit Court in Davis' custody case with ex-husband Dr. Fred Day, Davis is asked to admit she had sexual relations with McDaniel in 2011 or 2012.

"Objection," her response reads. "The question asks for information irrelevant to the issues before the court and is asked solely to harass and annoy."

No details on the relationship were included in McDaniel's brief statement.

“I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate," McDaniel said in the statement. "I have no knowledge of the other allegations contained in this pleading."

Tricia Wallace, a spokesman for McDaniel, said McDaniel has not been asked to testify in the custody case and is not expected to do so. She said no further specifics on the relationship would be released.

"We're not going to get into that level of detail," she said.

Wallace said the affair does not alter McDaniel's announced political plans.

"No, it doesn't," she said. "He is running for governor."

A message left with Davis' Hot Springs' office was not immediately returned late Tuesday morning.

McDaniel was the first candidate to formally announce he is running for governor.

He's now in the class with two Hutchinsons.

Posted by: cdawg

December 18, 2012 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It would appear that McDaniel is a fan of Arkansas writings by Donald Harington.

Google "Thirteen Albatrosses (or, Falling off the Mountain) A novel", and you will see where he found his "playbook" as he seeks the Governor's seat.

Better yet, just read the book so you will know the ending ahead of time...

Posted by: QuestionEverything

December 18, 2012 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man has a zipper problem, just can't keep that weapon concealed.

Posted by: JailBird

December 18, 2012 at 8:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Now he can be the first announced canidate for govenor to pull out.

Posted by: Sportman01

December 18, 2012 at 9:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At least he isn't a Teabagger. I wonder what the main thrust of his campaign will be....

Posted by: AlphaCat

December 19, 2012 at 2:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

So Alpha - do tell - what is a "teabagger"?

Posted by: birdlady79

December 19, 2012 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A "teabagger" is a worker in the Lipton tea company that pours tea leaves into the teabags and Alpha hates all of them with a holy hate for no reason other than just hate.

Posted by: JailBird

December 19, 2012 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "So Alpha - do tell - what is a "teabagger"?"
Why, a member of the TEA Party, of course. How can you not know that? (You don't have to answer.) You also apparently didn't notice that I used a capital "T" as a show of respect.

RE "Alpha hates all of them"
I don't hate anybody. Not being a Christian, I have a head start on not hating.

Posted by: AlphaCat

December 19, 2012 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"I don't hate anybody."....Jim Baker, PTL Club

Spoken like a true Christian, Alpha

Posted by: JailBird

December 19, 2012 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Years ago after coming across the unfamiliar term "teabagger" in a newspaper article, I googled it, and the answer given made me blush.

I forgot to clear my google search box, and when youngest daughter (who already had encountered that expression in college) asked me why was I looking up that word, it was even more embarassing.

It is definately NOT a compliment to be called one in that context.

Posted by: QuestionEverything

December 19, 2012 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )