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Monday, December 17, 2007
posted by Timotheus | 9:16 PM | permalink
Now, I try not to do too much attacking but when it comes to law enforcement, I believe that the President, as well as Governors and elected officials everywhere, really should be held to a high standard. If you can't trust law enforcement and their leaders to do the right thing, who do you have in society?

Huckabee is taking heat again today related to his favorite subject, being soft on crime. Only, this time, it was his son. There is a lot to be said about the issue of animal cruelty. I'm not saying that the actions here were as vicious as the ones that landed Michael Vick a 23 month prison sentence. The problem here is with Huckabee's reaction to a possible criminal investigation of his son. A reaction that seems to have been a familiar one as Governor.

Huckabee's Modus Operandi: Use Your Office to Improperly Influence Others

"John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas's state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee's chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee's Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer's intervention as improper and terminated the conversation."

"Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee's office and fired. 'I've lost confidence in your ability to do your job,' Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was 'I couldn't get you to help me with my son when I had that problem,' according to Bailey."

"'Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son,' says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a "courageous" and 'very solid' professional."

Another Example (and, of course, deny, deny, deny)...
This is a narrative that is earily familiar to the much discussed case of Wayne Dumond, the rapist Huckabee worked to get paroled.

According to parole board members, "Huckabee raised the issue of DuMond's release, asking to discuss the matter with them in a closed session. They said his religious beliefs, and the influence of the evangelical community from which he came, drove him.'We felt pressured by him,' said board member Ermer Pondexter. 'I felt compelled to do it. . . . It was a favor for the governor.'"

Now Look at Some Denials...

According to CNN back on December 5th, "Huckabee denied he asked the board to approve DuMond's parole. 'No, I did not,' Huckabee said Sunday. 'Let me categorically say I did not.' Huckabee said Wednesday his discussion with the parole board in 1996 was a general discussion about clemency, not about the DuMond case [emphasis added]."

Now, today from the L.A. Times: "Though [Huckabee] acknowledged discussing the case with the state parole board, Huckabee said that conversation was 'simply part of a broader discussion' initiated at the request of the board chairman. 'I did not ask them to do anything,' he said."

Hmmm... If the reports are to be believed, Huckabee initially denied talking about the Dumond case with the parole board. Now, Huckabee acknowledges talking about it, but not specifically asking them to do anything.

What to believe, two inconsistent denials, or multiple board members accounts of what happened?

What we begin to see is a pattern emerging. Huckabee used his office to improperly influence others. At some point, the repeated narratives will become too difficult to deny. Behind the soft Christmas image is a Michael Corleone fan. A guy who puts personal favors above the public safety and a guy who will make you pay if you don't do what he wants.

Huckabee is praying that Iowa voters and beyond don't wake up to his record. He is hoping his one liners can get him through the month of december and into the driver's seat of our Republican Party. I am glad to see Romney is not going to let him do so without a fight because this is a fight that needs to be won. Letting criminals go has consequences. Romney understands that and is thankfully, reluctant to subsitute his judgment for that of a jury, a judge and the legislature. Just one more reason Romney should be the Republican nominee for President.
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