Governor, House speaker to sing duet at charity event


LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe and House Speaker Davy Carter plan to set aside their political differences long enough to sing a duet at a charity event on Saturday.

Beebe, a Democrat, and Carter, a Republican from Cabot, will perform together at the third annual Scary-Oke, a benefit at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock to benefit the Open Arms Shelter for abused and neglected children in Lonoke.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample would not say what song the governor and the House speaker would perform.

“That’s confidential, state-secret information,” he said.

Rhonda House, coordinator of the event, said the idea of a duet arose when she asked Beebe to perform in a celebrity karaoke show as part of the fundraiser and he said he would sing if she could get Carter to sing.

House said Beebe apparently did not know that Carter had performed at the previous two Scary-Okes. She said she laughed and told Beebe, “He’s already signed up for this year. I guess you’re in.”

The celebrity karaoke show is a competition, but House said the Beebe-Carter song would not be judged.

“Nobody’s that brave,” she said with a laugh.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will be available at the door.

Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Activities will include a costume contest, House said.