Huckabee the Huckster?
Quin Hillyer's article "A Tale of two candidates" in the American Spectator casts a unwanted light on Mike Huckabee.
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."(READ ALL)
Hillyer shows no mercy on the ex governor. The article drew a official reply from the Huckabee campaign that you can read here. Quin Hillyer responds that he stands by his article and the accusations made. He also writes:
Other than that, 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.
Fascinating. The campaign ignores the facts while trying to change the subject? Surely not! Anyway...give the articles a read and make up your own mind. I have ignored him for two reasons- Huckabee is a Tax Hiker and I don't agree with his immigration views. After reading the articles I can say Huckabee did not gain points with me.