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Gov. Beebe Calls for Shoffner to Resign Immediately

Beebe said he was "shocked" after learning of the allegations, and believes it would be best if Shoffner resigned immediately.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- At an afternoon news conference, Governor Mike Beebe has called for the immediate resignation of State Treasurer Martha Shoffner.

Beebe said he was "shocked" after learning of the allegations, and believes it would be best if Shoffner resigned immediately.

"It'd be very hard, in my opinion, for that office to properly function under her continued leadership," Beebe said. 

The Governor told reporters that he didn't know about the FBI investigation until the arrest, and that this scandal looks bad on all politicians, not just the Democratic Party.  Shoffner is a Democrat.

In the news conference, Governor Beebe said he began thinking about possible replacements over the weekend, but did not provide any names. He said he would prefer someone with management experience.

Several other lawmakers and Arkansas officials have called for Shoffner's resignation including both the Democratic and Republican State Parties and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

22 freshman Democrats in the state legislature also signed a joint letter asking Shoffner to step down.

Shoffner told FOX16 News following her Monday court hearing that she does not plan to resign at this time.

Monday afternoon, Beebe's office released his official statement on the Shoffner situation as follows:

"I think Martha Shoffner should resign, and I think she should resign immediately. While everyone is presumed innocent until legal proceedings are complete, it would be very hard for the Treasurer's Office to function properly under her continued leadership. When you are elected to any public office, your conduct is held to a higher level of expectations to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. These alleged actions are far worse than that."
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