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Darr says he won't resign over ethics fines

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he won't resign despite calls that he quit or risk being impeached over ethics violations.

"When you see your name dragged through the mud and not all the truth being accurately displayed or said, it's not too fun," said Lt. Governor Darr.

Darr said in a statement Tuesday he won't step down over complaints tied to his office and campaign spending. Darr last week agreed with Ethics Commission findings that he violated state ethics and campaign laws 11 times and agreed to $11,000 in fines.

Read full statement (PDF) here: http://on.kthv.com/1ad64LX

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas' Republican members of Congress want the lieutenant governor to resign. At the state Capitol, Democratic House members have said they'll attempt to impeach the Republican lieutenant governor if he doesn't leave.

The ethics panel believes Darr misspent campaign funds and kept poor records. Legislative auditors said Darr misused a state credit card and received improper travel reimbursements.

"There is not a disregard of the law. There's actually a person sitting here today taking responsibility for that and that's what we're doing. Setting that record straight," said Lt. Governor Darr.

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