LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday he still supports Democratic 2nd District congressional candidate Herb Rule, though Rule’s DWI arrest last week would hurt his campaign.
Fayetteville police arrested Rule, 74, of Little Rock on suspicion of driving while intoxicated Thursday night. He was booked into the Washington County jail and later released with instructions to appear in court on Aug. 27, according to a Fayetteville police report.
At a news conference the next day in Little Rock, Rule insisted he was not drunk and said he would fight the charge.
The incident follows Rule’s arrest under similar circumstances in 2010. He was acquitted of that charge.
Beebe said Monday he was “surprised and saddened” by Rule’s arrest but would “withhold judgment … until a trial.”
“I still support him,” said the governor, a Democrat. “The question is going to be what impact does this have, and there’s no question it’ll have some impact. These kinds of things always do.”
Rule is challenging Republican incumbent Tim Griffin of Little Rock for the 2nd District seat representing Central Arkansas.