Call rises: Shoffner should quit

Posted: May 21, 2013 at 12:46 a.m.

Reporters question Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner as she leaves the federal courthouse Monday afternoon following a hearing on a criminal complaint that charges her under the Hobs act with extortion.

As state Treasurer Martha Shoffner prepared to fight federal prosecutors, a U.S. senator, the governor, the attorney general, nearly two-dozen House Democrats and both political parties called on her to step down.

This map shows where in Newport state Treasurer Martha Shoffner owns property.

A summary of the complaint against Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

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Shoffner should have resigned long ago. She is an arrogant, stupid person.
She should never have been elected Treasurer in the first place. No qualifications whatsoever.

Posted by: arkietraveler

May 21, 2013 at 6:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't know much about her personally, but she used her position to improperly benefit herself at the expense of the people of Arkansas. She should resign immediately and run for Congress.

Posted by: TheHunter

May 21, 2013 at 8:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

She should resign immediately, yes. Agree about her arrogance; would go so far as to say narcissism.

However, regarding her party affiliation...get a grip, people. Haven't we seen crooks from both sides of the aisles, crooks galore? If the actions of one person would impune an entire party for other offices...well, that sounds like the dream of the opposing party, to me. Arkansans are rather unsophisticated on the whole, I think it's fair to say, but hopefully able to judge individual merits of each candidate for different offices.

Posted by: SPA

May 21, 2013 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's see, Shoffner is accused of extorting a bribe or kickback, whatever you wish to call it, in the course of conducting the states financial business.

Yet she will be able to continue to conduct the state's financial business while the wheels of justice grind slowly forward.

The fox has been caught in the henhouse and is allowed to remain until who knows when. Resign or at the least take a leave of absence until the matter is resolved, if you must, but let the citizens of Arkansas know that their treasury is not in harms way with your continued presence.

Posted by: arkmark1

May 21, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Resign or be Impeached!

Posted by: rbbranchjr

May 22, 2013 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

She's a democrat, you expected honor?

Posted by: JailBird

May 22, 2013 at 4:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )