Dustin McDaniel admits to "inappropriate relationship" with Hot Springs attorney
LITTLE ROCK (Talk Business, KATV) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Talk Business that 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 court documents obtained by KATV, 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 released a statement Tuesday 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."
McDaniel spokesperson Tricia Wallace told Channel 7's Roger Susanin the attorney general will not comment any further on this relationship and he still plans to run for governor in 2014.