Blood in the water: Huckabee’s ethics problems

I’m so tired of sordid Arkansas political drama. Two terms of Clintonian slime are enough. That’s why I’m glad that Quin Hillyer has gutted Mike Huckabee:

National media folks like David Brooks, dealing in surface appearances only, rave about what a nice guy Huckabee is, and a moral exemplar to boot. If they only did a little homework, they would discover a guy with a thin skin, a nasty vindictive streak, and a long history of imbroglios about questionable ethics.
Once, Gov. Huckabee even had the gall to file suit against the state ethics commission. He lost.
Fourteen times, the ethics commission — a respected body, not a partisan witch-hunt group — investigated claims against Huckabee. Five of those times, it officially reprimanded him. And, as only MSNBC among the big national media has reported at any real length, there were lots of other mini-scandals and embarrassments along the way.
He used public money for family restaurant meals, boat expenses, and other personal uses. He tried to claim as his own some $70,000 of furniture donated to the governor’s mansion. He repeatedly, and obstinately, against the pleadings even from conservative columnists and editorials, refused to divulge the names of donors to a “charitable” organization he set up while lieutenant governor — an outfit whose main charitable purpose seemed to be to pay Huckabee to make speeches. Then, as a kicker, he misreported the income itself from the suspicious “charity.”
Huckabee has been criticized, reasonably so, for misusing the state airplane for personal reasons. And he and his wife, Janet, actually set up a “wedding gift registry” (they had already been married for years) to which people could donate as the Huckabees left the governorship, in order to furnish their new $525,000 home.

There’s plenty more in Hillyer’s piece. The Huckabee campaign sent a testy reply, to which Hillyer responds: “I find it interesting that the letter from the Huckabee campaign doesn’t actually accuse me of mis-stating facts, but instead finds ways to change the subject. The fact remains that the Ethics Committee did indeed reprimand Huckabee on five separate counts. And for all the other allegations, I provided links to original source material. As for his fiscal record, I think the conservative Club for Growth’s reports critical of Huckabee speak for themselves.”

3 comments

  1. Roy Milam

    Sounds like a bunch of unfounded allegations to me. No hard evidence has been presented, just all hearsay. There is no specific documentation presented about any of the allegations, nor even one citation (with source and date). Without that, we can only regard it at best as half-truths for all we know. Besides that, if all of these “serious” allegations and offenses were true, obviously there weren’t any indictments, evidently no formal civil or criminal charges, nor any verdicts handed down. I mean…lets get serious…how big a deal is all of this anyway? In this system, in or out of court, it’s “innocent until PROVEN guilty.
    RULING: INNOCENT! CASE DISMISSED!

  2. Kelley Nice

    The charges against Huckabee are well documented. Furthermore, Huckabee claims to have reduced taxes but, in fact the tax decreases were tiny while there were many huge tax increases and taxes went up 47 percent under Huckabee. The Cato Institute gave him an F for his fiscal stewardship during his final term. Instead of being the honest conservative he claims to be he has proven to be a dishonest big spending liberal.

  3. Deborah Wood

    I live in Arkansas and have lived here under Clinton and Huckabees tterms of Govenor. He is every bit as bad as the critics are saying and even worse. We have a 6% tax on food and hen it went to the peokle for a vote to abolish it, he was on tv and wrote articles in the newspaper that the tax money went to fund tution for students who could not afford college. He was right, but what we found out later it was for illegal immigrants to go to college. He is for Ammensty and has always been and always will be. He put a tax and Nursing home beds of $5.25 each. We pay more tax on gasoline than Texas. If it moves or breathes he taxed it.Even if it doesn’t move he raised property taxes.All this in light that many people come here to retire & are fixed incomes. Our rate pay here is lower than most states.We have a Beautiful state is why we endured Huckabee. Although we do have more people leaving than moving here now. Just thought you might want to know first hand what kind of Governor he was and as President & more money & more people to tax he will be in Hog Heaven(No pun intended)