State Officials Call for Shoffner's Resignation

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Several Arkansas officials are calling for State Treasurer Martha Shoffner to step down amid extortion allegations.

Shoffner was arrested Saturday afternoon by FBI agents, accused of accepting payments to which she was not entitled.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued the following statement today: "Having reviewed the Criminal Complaint filed this morning, I am deeply disturbed about the allegations against State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. If proven to be true, these actions are a betrayal of her oath to our constitution and to our people. Although Ms. Shoffner is presumed innocent, I believe that she should resign immediately to allow the work of the Treasurer's Office to continue."

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross issued the following statement: "Our elected officials must be held to the highest possible standard, and they must have the people's absolute trust and confidence in order to effectively do their jobs.  It has become clear that Martha Shoffner's arrest and legal problems have broken the public's trust.  I believe it is in the best interest of the Treasurer's Office and the state of Arkansas for her to resign immediately."

Arkansas' senior U.S. Senator is also calling for Shoffner to step down. Sen. Mark Pryor released this statement: "Martha Shoffner should resign and be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Arkansas deserves better."

The Democratic Party of Arkansas released the following statement from Chairman Will Bond regarding state treasurer Martha Shoffner: “We have reviewed the criminal complaint just released regarding the alleged acts of state treasurer Martha Shoffner, and we are shocked and disturbed by the allegations. While treasurer Shoffner has the right to be presumed innocent, Arkansas taxpayers have the right to have confidence that their money is being invested and managed properly. In order to restore public trust and to allow the Treasurer’s office to operate its duties, we ask treasurer Shoffner to resign immediately.”

Statement from Bill Halter regarding Martha Shoffner: "Martha Shoffner should resign immediately. Restoration of the public trust can only begin with the appointment of a new treasurer.  Arkansans deserve to have complete confidence that their elected officials are not trading on their positions for campaign contributions, personal financial gain, or future job prospects.  Public officials are elected to serve their constituents and not to parlay the public's trust into their own benefit."

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