McDaniel to face media


LITTLE ROCK — Three weeks after acknowledging having an extramarital affair, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel planned to face media questioning Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for McDaniel’s campaign — he plans to run for governor in 2014 — announced in an email Monday that the attorney general would have a mid-morning media availability Tuesday at a North Little Rock hotel.

The message gave no other details and Tricia Primrose, McDaniel’s Washington, D.C.-based campaign spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

McDaniel admitted in a statement Dec. 18 that he had an inappropriate relationship with Hot Springs attorney Andrea L. “Andi” Davis, after the relationship was mentioned in divorce filings between Davis and Frederick N. “Fred” Day in Garland County Circuit Court.

In Day’s filing on Oct. 31, he accused Davis of having “sexual relations with Attorney General of the State of Arkansas Dustin McDaniel in 2011 or 2012.” He also accused her of sexual relationships with other men, drug use and money laundering.

McDaniel, who divorced his first wife in 2007 and married his current wife, Bobbi, in 2009, said in a statement that he met Davis during his 2010 re-election campaign. He said he had no knowledge of the other allegations contained in the pleading.

“I had limited interaction with her in 2011, some of which I regret to say was inappropriate,” the attorney general said

“My wife Bobbi and I love each other very much,” McDaniel said. “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 accept my apology and know how honored I am to work for them everyday.”

McDaniel’s campaign said at the time the revelation would not affect his bid for governor.