I wrote the other day that, if I were a betting man and got the right odds, I’d put money on Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s becoming our next governor.
So I’m glad I’m not a betting man.
A strange thing has just happened that has profound implications for the future of Arkansas.
Let’s start with last night: Reporters and columnists and bloggers and such got emails enclosing interrogatories in a divorce and custody case in Garland County. Fred Day, a podiatrist, was directing some choice queries to his estranged wife, lawyer Andi Davis, who is seeking a divorce from him.
One of the queries was whether she would admit to a sexual relationship with, among others, Dustin McDaniel in 2011 or 2012.
Her lawyer replied that this was an inappropriate question having nothing to do with the issues of the case.
So, this morning, a couple of blogger types inquired directly about this to McDaniel, who hauled off and put out a statement saying, yep, oops, did it.
I would have expected him to say instead that he was not going to respond to rumors in a personal matter.
Well, what he actually said was that he made Andi Davis’ acquaintance in the campaign of 2010 and had a limited relationship with her in 2011 that extended into inappropriateness.
He said he loved his wife and had ‘fessed up to her and that they had prayed and were moving on. He apologized to the people of the state, several of whom probably don’t feel personally harmed.
He said he was still running for governor.
Not as well, though.
He had already raised in excess of a million dollars to try to scare off Democratic primary opposition to fortify himself as the Last Democratic Hope in 2014, likely against Asa Hutchinson.
At the moment, I figure the completion of the Republican revolution is more likely than was the case moments before – a completion that could be achieved in 2014 with the capture of the governor’s office.
Bill Halter perhaps benefits, but that’s not good news for the Democrats in a general election.
I’m not saying a lone sexual miscue is politically fatal. Of course it isn’t. I’m saying McDaniel is in the process of introducing himself to the state, really, and this is not the best way.
It’s been my experience that people are interested in sex stories.