Mark Martin and the Illusion of Being at Work

Have you ever tried to find a parking space around the state capitol? Generally speaking, it is next to impossible. One of the great perks of being an elected official is you get your own reserved parking spot. In the case of Mark Martin, he has one of the two parking spaces closest to a door:


Mark Martin’s use of vehicles has been discussed before, and just yesterday, Susan Inman had a few things to say about a post he made on his campaign Facebook page about official cars.


To the average passer-by at the capitol, Martin looks like he is working hard. There’s a car in that prime parking spot every morning as people get to the capitol, and it is there as they leave for the day. He must be a first-in, last-out kind of guy who is always there, since there’s a car always in that reserved space.


In fact, that car is a lot like the monoliths at Stonehenge – it never moves.

Here it is on October 22 and October 28:



If you notice, the rims of the wheels are in precisely the same position, meaning the car hadn’t moved an inch:


If you notice on the day of the 28, it was raining.  If I had to be a the capitol to work, I would especially want to park in a spot that is just a few feet from the covered entrance under the capitol steps, especially if it was raining hard like it was on October 13:


Now, we know from a comment by his wife on his campaign page that he doesn’t use a state vehicle to go to and from the office:


So why is there a car more or less abandoned in his parking place?  Many would argue it is there to make people think he is at the capitol instead of sitting at home playing on Facebook while the rest of us are at work. Nonetheless, it’s comforting to know he doesn’t seek reimbursement for fuel or any other costs since, you know, he’s not allowed to.

But…what about all those charges for gas in Prairie Grove back in 2011?  I mean, maybe it’s not a true “reimbursement,” but there was a pretty clear pattern then that Martin was using the state gas card on the rare occasion that he decided to come to Little Rock for work.

Do you really think the most highly reimbursed legislator in 2008-2009 has changed his ways?


So, we’ve got a pattern of Martin almost never coming to work.  We’ve got a past history of abusing state gas cards to run back and forth to Prairie Grove, despite a legal requirement that he reside in Little Rock.  And now we’ve got proof of a subterfuge designed to make it look like he’s at work all the time, just in case someone might wonder.

Tell me again why anyone would vote for him a second time around?


UPDATE (10/30/14  9:00 a.m.): Mark Martin moves for no one. Maybe he is the only one with the keys?

“Hey, guys, just consider that SUV like a really large cone. Serves the same purpose. And if you drop something on it, no big deal, it’s not like we use that one for anything.”








  1. But, but Mark is an engineer! Aren’t they supposed to be precise and meticulous, always using factual information to guide their decisions? It could be that Mark doesn’t want us to know he is still travelling to Arkansas counties trying to find a republican county clerk to explain his job duties.
    I don’t guess anyone knows if Mark is ashamed that he used money that wasn’t his to buy the new vehicle. I guess he still uses a balsa wood slide rule.

  2. Cynthia Christie Peven If you eliminate the office, who will be the state’s top election official maintaining a master database of all voter registrations and ensure voting laws are carried out uniformly across the state?, oversee the registration of all corporations to do business in the state, handle the filing of UCC financing statements, keep the official records of the legislature and governor, and greet foreign delegations? Kind of a lot to farm out to other offices…

  3. I’ve been told that this exactly what is happening in Washington County with the Republican candidate for County Judge, Jeff Williams, who works (or doesn’t) as assessor.

  4. Did a little research – there are only three states that don’t have a Secretary of State. In all three, the Lt. Governor does all the stuff mentioned above. Since we saw this year that the Lt. Gov serves no purpose whatsoever and we have managed just fine not having one, let’s just nix that office and let the duty of waiting for the Governor to die go to the Secretary of State. lol

  5. The car remains unmoved because Mark works out of the front seat and lives in the back seat. I recently attended a cocktail party held in the trunk. Furnishings were tasteful but sparse. I really enjoyed the Michelin accents.

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