LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- From raising money for
political action committees, to an affiliation with troubled Faulkner County
Judge Mike Maggio, some believe those factors may have been pre cursors to Gilbert
Baker's resignation Wednesday from The University of Central Arkansas.
In a simple but straight
forward email UCA announced that "Effective
today, Gilbert Baker has resigned from his administrative position at the
University of Central Arkansas."
A college spokesperson
told Channel 7 Baker's resignation was done verbally and no written reason was
"There weren't many
phone records that would suggest that he was actually at UCA very often," said
Blue Hog Report blogger Matt Campbell. "He had a standing sort of travel budget
in thousands (of dollars) per month going to Dallas, New York, D.C."
Campbell has covered and
submitted Freedom of Information Act requests for Baker's political ties since
he started at UCA in 2012.
"Sort of money wise
this keeps coming out, and every time you look up there's another story in the
paper or online about here's this money being spent improperly, or donated
improperly, and here's a tie to Gilbert Baker," he added.
Campbell believes some of
that publicity came to a head after docket-stripped Judge Mike Maggio, admitted
to making inappropriate comments on a message board about court cases.
Maggio was later
dismissed from his docket by the state commission.
"It seems like
there's a whole lot of, if he didn't exactly get the money to Maggio, he had
some role in it. With all the stuff that came out about Maggio it seemed to
unfold from there," Campbell continued.
UCA's administration was on a retreat
Wednesday, and was unavailable for comment on the resignation.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:58 GMT
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