MARK MARTIN

  • MARK MARTIN

Well, sure. The Democratic Party has more to say about Secretary of State Mark Martin’s early spending missteps. He bought a car and hired Republican consultants with $60,000 or so that was not his to spend without approval from other members of the Board of Apportionment. Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel were not so inclined.

So Martin has shifted the spending to his own budget. Two problems:

1) He’s been boasting about spending less than his predecessor at this point. How now, with the fat he’s added?

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2) That car. He has a 23-vehicle fleet. He really needs a new car, a $27,629 2010 Ford Escape purchased from Lewis Motors of Fayetteville? He said it was bought for reapportionment, but now it’s for “voter education”? This sounds like something GOP Chair Doyle Webb would be suing about if a Democrat had done it.

The Democratic Party’s broadside is on the jump. I’ve sought a response from Martin’s office, but no word back so far.