Mike Beebe Goes No-Frills with Treasurer Pick (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 7:36 am  

Charles Robinson, right, worked for 34 years in the Division of Legislative Audit, serving 28 years as the legislative auditor before retiring in 2007. (Photo by Mauren Kennedy)

Robinson's appointment also shows what happens when politics is taken out of the equation for choosing the state's treasurer. Shoffner was elected in 2006 in a race where she focused more on her experience in the Legislature than on what she planned to do with the office.

She won re-election in 2010 against a Green Party opponent, despite facing criticism over her defense of using state vehicles for personal business.

By choosing a longtime auditor with no political ties to replace the treasurer, Beebe has a chance to at least indirectly signal to voters the types of qualifications they should be looking for when they head to the polls next year. Robinson is barred by the state Constitution from running for treasurer next year, since he was appointed to the position.

"He's his own boss, answerable to the people," Beebe said. "In his case, he can't run for this office and in his case he didn't get elected by the folks, but I think his reputation is such and what he's already said suggests that his bosses are the people of Arkansas."

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