AR-Lt. Gov: Keeping Up With Planet Darrkansas

22 Dec

Time to check in on pizza parlor guru and the new cheeky face of the state GOP, Lt. Gov-elect Mark Darr.

On Friday, Roby Brock first reported on the private meeting that took place between Darr and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to discuss the former’s desire for Arkansas to join Virginia and a host of other red states in filing lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of the Democrats’ healthcare reform law, despite the tremendous benefits it brings to Arkansans, especially those least able to afford quality care right now. McDaniel, for his part, stood firm on his belief that joining such lawsuits would all be for not and a waste of taxpayer money, believing, like the president, that ultimately the final decision upholding HCR will rest with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Darr, who once again was very respectful of someone many would consider to be a foe, described the meeting as “courteous and professional,” but also had this to say:

“This meeting today was a step in fulfilling my commitment to be an advocate for the people of our state that are genuinely concerned and opposed to this new law. I still believe that joining the lawsuit would be the proper course of action for our state,” Darr said.

“My position on the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law remains the same as it was prior to the election,” Darr added. “The recent court ruling in Virginia declaring the law unconstitutional and specifically striking the individual mandate portion of the law has served to strengthened my resolve to oppose this dangerous legislation. I join the vast majority of Arkansans in my opposition to health insurance being mandated and run by the federal government. I believe the law is both costly and an overreach of power on behalf of the government.”

Darr has also announced appointments in filling out his staff roster. Bruce Campbell will serve as chief of staff. Campbell, who served eight years as director of state Department of Rural Services under former Gov. Huckabee, currently serves as an adviser to the state senate, which should help Darr find his footing in the chamber. Sarah Beth Lowe, who previously served as deputy White House liaison and strategic communications director at the U.S. Department of Education, will serve as Darr’s communication director, while Chris Powell will be his director of constituent services.

The new Number 2 has also announced plans for inaugural receptions. None other than Timmy! Griffin will be hosting various levels of donor receptions to take place at 7pm on Monday, January 10, 2011, the eve of inauguration day, in Room 102 at Robinson Auditorium at the Statehouse Plaza in Little Rock.


2 Responses to “AR-Lt. Gov: Keeping Up With Planet Darrkansas”

  1. Matt Campbell December 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Interesting that he thinks the VA decision that was so flawed that other conservative bloggers derided the reasoning in it somehow validates his opinion, yet he says nothing of the two decisions over the summer that disagreed with him and Judge Hudson.

    (By “interesting,” I mean “ridiculous.”)



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