Jason Tolbert uses his weekly Stephens Media column to chronicle the negative publicity churned through Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.
Tolbert, a conservative blogger and content partner with Talk Business, notes that the first-term Republican’s "steady drip" of negative press has been both self-inflicted and fueled by a snowball effect.
He also hints at a possible new controversy in the making:
Speaking of Northwest Arkansas, Martin told the Yellville Chamber of Commerce in a speech last week that he wanted to use his office “to help connect local Arkansas businesses to international markets through the World Trade Center.”
He apparently was referring to the rather plush office space in Rogers, which would be a much easier commute for Martin and Matayo, who live in the area.
When asked about the statement, Martin’s office had no further explanation and also claimed to have no document pertaining to opening any office space in Northwest Arkansas — no proposals, no e-mails, not even a note. It is unclear if this means Martin’s statement was merely a dream or if it highlights his ongoing problem of poor documentation.
So far, the office’s response to mounting criticism has been to circle the wagons and be even more tight-lipped with the press.
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, an attempt was made to silence one of Martin’s chief critics last week. But that is a whole other column.
Read more of Tolbert’s column here.
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