Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, under political siege from fellow Republicans as well as Democrats after admitting to numerous violations of state ethics laws, announced on Friday that he would resign effective February 1.
"Politics can be a toxic business. I will no longer subject my family to its hard lessons," Darr said in a statement. Darr continued to insist that he was guilty only of "mistakes, but not one with malicious intent."
"I have been honest, forthright and acted with integrity," said Darr.
In December, Darr agreed to an $11,000 fine imposed by the Arkansas Ethics Commission and accepted its finding of 11 breaches of regulations and statutes including converting campaign funds to personal use and receiving improper expense reimbursements from taxpayer funds. The questioned sums involved about $40,000.
Darr's resignation had been urged by numerous Arkansas politicians including Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. But it was of special importance to Republicans, who wanted Darr out of office as they head into 2014 elections for governor and U.S. Senate.