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When will GOP sue Mark Martin?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Good political sport. The Arkansas Democratic Party is riding the Republican Party over Secretary of State Mark Martin's unauthorized free-spending, including a brand new car, for board of apportionment work.

The Republican Party has sued previous constitutional officers over their personal use of cars. Maybe they should add an illegal exaction complaint against the current secretary of state.

I'm still awaiting an answer from Martin's office on the exact duties performed by Republican hatchetman Chad Gallagher for the $19,000 he's been paid so far.

Anyway, read on. The Dems are at least firing off news releases like the Republicans do. Can't hurt.

“Republicans love to talk about the fleet of state-owned vehicles during an election year, but when reports surfaced that Secretary of State Mark Martin made a unilateral decision to purchase a new car without going through the approval process, the GOP didn’t say anything on the issue,” DPA spokesman Candace Martin said. “The question out there now is if Doyle Webb will file his next lawsuit against Mark Martin. Clearly, Republicans want others to do as they say, not as they drive.”

DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS RELEASE

DPA spokesman Candace Martin asked the Republican Party of Arkansas if they will file a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mark Martin after he reported purchasing a new vehicle for the state Board of Apportionment, begging the question of whether the GOP is only interested in taxpayer accountability when it suits their partisan political needs during an election year.

“Republicans love to talk about the fleet of state-owned vehicles during an election year, but when reports surfaced that Secretary of State Mark Martin made a unilateral decision to purchase a new car without going through the approval process, the GOP didn’t say anything on the issue,” DPA spokesman Candace Martin said. “The question out there now is if Doyle Webb will file his next lawsuit against Mark Martin. Clearly, Republicans want others to do as they say, not as they drive.”

This week, Secretary of State Mark Martin revealed his purchase of a new vehicle before seeking input from the state Board of Apportionment, spending $70,000 of the panel’s current $200,000 budget between that and other purchases Martin made preemptively without approval from the full board.. [1]

“In the past, the GOP has had a lot to say regarding the purchase of state-owned vehicles,” Candace Martin said. “Will they continue their questioning and ask the Secretary of State to return the vehicle? What day next week will Doyle Webb file his lawsuit against Mark Martin?”

Five months ago, in September, Republican Party of Arkansas Executive Director Chase Dugger said in a party press release regarding what he called “the abuse of tax dollars by state agencies” that “our constitutional officers are leading by example, and unfortunately they have sent the wrong message to our state agencies…” [2]

Also, in September, GOP spokesman Katherine Vasilos said in an RPA press release that, "the people of Arkansas deserve state leaders who are committed to demanding transparency all the time, not just during an election year." [3]

Both Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel serve on the Board of Apportionment with Secretary Martin. The board is charged with drawing legislative districts according to figures from the 2010 U.S. Census.

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