Dustin McDaniel just called. Our conversation came down to this: I asked if he had been thrown for a loop by inappropriateness partner Andi Davis’s publicly challenging his truthfulness by the end of the day of his news conference a couple of weeks ago and by her invoking the prospect of public dissemination of more than 500 text messages between them that are now in the custody of police because of her peripheral role in a criminal investigation.
“I’ll just stick with what I said then,” he said, “which is that I stand by what I’ve said.”
That was that there was no other shoe to drop.
Oh, and this: Regarding the $1.5 million, nearly, that he has raised, McDaniel said he will give all of the runoff and general election contributions back to donors in full, then give back pro-rata the primary campaign balances after he pays all pending bills.
Otherwise, he said he’d been pondering since his news conference how his continued governor’s candidacy would look. He said Arkansas has “amazing opportunities” that he’d like to talk about, but that he decided — on Wednesday, actually — that it would be folly because his continued candidacy would be all about him, not those important things.
Too bad. Stuff happens.
He was the brightest and best young Democratic talent around.