Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) said he had an “inappropriate” “limited interaction” with a Hot Springs attorney in 2011, but details of an alleged affair are limited.
McDaniel, who is term-limited as Attorney General, has already declared he will be a candidate for Governor in 2014.
The revelation is part of an ongoing domestic dispute in Garland County Circuit Court between Andrea L. “Andi” Davis and her estranged husband, Frederick N. “Fred” Day, two Hot Springs residents involved in a divorce and child custody case.
Davis is an attorney. Day is a podiatrist.
In her husband's filing on Oct. 31, 2012, Day accused Davis of having “sexual relations with Attorney General of the State of Arkansas Dustin McDaniel in 2011 or 2012.”
Day also accuses Davis of additional sexual relations with other men as well as drug use and money laundering.
In response to the request for admissions, Davis said the accusations were “irrelevant to the issues before the court” and were asked “solely to harass and annoy.”
McDaniel, who married his current wife, Bobbi, in 2009, released a statement today that read:
“With respect to Ms. Davis, I met her during the 2010 campaign. I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate. I have no knowledge of the other allegations contained in this pleading.
My wife Bobbi and I love each other very much. I have been candid with her about this matter, and with much prayer, we have moved on with our life together. I hope the people of Arkansas will also accept my apology and know how honored I am to work for them everyday,” said McDaniel.
A message for Davis was left at her law office, but she had not responded by the close of business.
UPDATE: From our content partner, Fox 16 News:
Andi Davis responded to FOX16 News request for a comment, emailing the following statement:
“At this juncture I cannot offer a comment. My attorneys have advised me to refrain and to go against advice of my own counsel would be irresponsible.”
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