I guess I don't understand the relationship between the two most senior leaders in our state government but something really does bother me about recent comments made by Governor Beebe. I've always been taught that you critize or rebuke in private and praise in public.
Apparently Lt. Gov. Darr signed a bill into law while Governor Beebe was out of state and that irritated the governor so much that he felt compelled to publicly rail against what happened. He even went so far as to publicly state his mistrust of Lt. Gov. Darr. That to me seemed totally out of character for him and quite frankly, my respect for him dropped dramatically because of his statements to the media. Both Channel 11 and Channel 16 covered it in detail. Why would he not have simply engaged Lt. Gov. Darr in private conversation so that an apparent rift between them would not be so obvious to the public.
I really believe leadership should present a united front (even though our current POTUS, the Senate, and the House of Representatives don't practice that). We here in Arkansas can and should do better than what is practiced in Washington.
Although I'm a registered Republican (who knew?) I actually voted for Governor Beebe when he last ran for office. He has held a tremendously high approval rating, unheard of for most politicians especially considering this is a more conservative state now than ever before. Why then would he react this way toward Lt. Gov. Darr who, in my opinion, thought he was doing the right thing?
Is there more to the story, and if so, what is the "more"? I'm open to learning more about this. I really would like to think more highly of our governor than I do right now so if anyone can convince me I'm looking at this incorrectly please feel free to comment upon it.