Sympathy for Attorney General McDaniel | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sympathy for Attorney General McDaniel

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM

INTERACTIVE: Andi Davis and Dustin McDaniel.
  • INTERACTIVE: Andi Davis and Dustin McDaniel.
In the cold light of a pre-Christmas dawn, I find myself developing some sympathy for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who faces an uncomfortable time at home this Christmas following his admission of "inappropriate interaction" with Hot Springs lawyer Andi Davis. A robust gubernatorial campaign has also been rocked to its core. (Secondary to the family issue, right?)

I still think the documentation he provided late yesterday of official interaction between his office and Davis reflects no suggestion of official impropriety on his part. Some notes do indicate Davis knew the AG and hoped their acquaintanceship might help her in some legal matters. Doesn't appear he did anything favorable for her and the matters at issue were minor.

Doesn't excuse whatever that inappropriate interaction might have been.

But it's worth considering that all this came to light because of Davis' very unhappy ex-husband hoping to alter visitation rules concerning their children. In that legal fight, he posed a series of scandalous interrogatories — irrelevant to the custody issue and without a showing of proof — to leverage a favorable decision in the ongoing controversy.

He threw a lot of names on the wall in ways that you could conclude were entitled to help his cause. Throw some innuendo at her attorney; it might make it hard for him to represent her. Throw some innuendo at another Hot Springs lawyer who partners with the independent ad litem representing the Davis children's interest and you've potentially got something to work with if the ad litem returns an assessment unfavorable to the ex-husband. Throw some innuendo at another lawyer because he and Davis grew up and have worked together and, who knows, maybe you've got sonething there, too.

And yes, throw in Dustin McDaniel's name because well, maybe there IS some fire related to that particular smoke. Who knew he'd admit it?

Andi Davis has a professional record marked by controversy — missed court dates and other messiness. Nonetheless, she also appears to be unlucky. I'm told the first responder to the fatal shooting of a Hot Springs man at her house was a deputy whose ex-wife happened to be represented in a contentious domestic matter with him by, you guessed it, Andi Davis. Not long after the deputy's arrival, she was led off in handcuffs before a news photographer, though she's never been charged or accused of anything relative to the death of Maxwell Anderson. It would appear, by the way, that the argument on her side will be that another person shot Anderson in defending Davis from assault. Nobody has yet been charged.

Dustin McDaniel made this bed, no doubt. He's paying a price. But the underlying story really might end right there — a garden variety indiscretion in which a randy male made a monumentally ill-chosen choice of interactive friend. The Republicans energetically pumping the bellows to blow this up into Watergate, Whitewater and a cinema-worthy murder case are — based on evidence so far — stretching.

This doesn't absolve D Mac (certainly not of execrable judgment), but it makes even someone who hasn't been too charitable to the AG in the past a touch sympathetic.

Tags: , , ,


Favorite

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Sarah Sanders' bad day on the race beat

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders was nailed again yesterday for peddling baloney in a White House press briefing. For once, she acknowledged it, grudgingly and with more spin. But that wasn't all for her on the racially fraught Trump front.
    • Aug 15, 2018
  • George McGill wins Fort Smith mayor's race

    Democratic State Rep. George McGill handily won election Tuesday night as mayor of Fort Smith.
    • Aug 15, 2018
  • Governor responds to Medicaid work rule lawsuit

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson has responded sharply to the lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's new work requirement for Medicaid coverage and also criticizing the online-only reporting requirement. His statement:
    • Aug 14, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

  • Who knew? George Soros has targeted Arkansas!

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge regularly bends the truth to suit her narrative of the day, but she gets extra credit for dragging George Soros into her re-election campaign.
  • Governor responds to Medicaid work rule lawsuit

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson has responded sharply to the lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's new work requirement for Medicaid coverage and also criticizing the online-only reporting requirement. His statement:

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation