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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee - a declared Republican presidential hopeful and darling of the far, religious right is under investation by the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

According to an AP release dated Feb 2, 2007 and posted to the web site at 1:53 pm CST - the Commission is investigating a complaint from Jim Parsons of Bella Vista, Arkansas that Huckabee violated state FOIA statutes when he ordered the destruction of computer hard drives in the Governor's office before he turned the office over to the new Democratic Govenor Mike Beebe.  Parson's has also filed a complaint with the Pulaski County (Little Rock) prosecutors.

Update to follow...

Update:  Sorry for the quick post - child care pickups CANNOT be late.  All of the references here can be found at one of several sites:  The Arkansas Time at; and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (  - Links to come as I get the hyperlink stuff figured out.

For those of us living down here in Arkansas, we've seen more than a couple of things in the last 3 weeks pop-up about the trailer trash that was the former Governor.  

I think that Huckabee is one of those "out of no-where" Rethug presidential candidates.  If you don't think he has a little chance - you need to read the diary posted today from by BrooklynRaider "A Mole at the Conservative Summit, Pt. 3: Mr. Huckabee Goes to Washington".  It should give everyone pause about his potential to play to the far right and to really move a crowd with his speaking skills.  A diary by Arkydem which was posted last night provides another glimpse into the presidential hopeful.

During Huckabee's final days in office - in fact before those final days - a number of things happened that should cause any sensible voter to stop and think.

It is well known down here that he pardoned convicted murders because they got right with Jesus while behind bars.  Unfortunately, one of them travelled up to Missouri and murdered some folks, received the death sentence up there and - after being executed - was called one of the worst things called a human by the prosecutors.

But in the last days of his administration, the far right republican rag of newspaper - the Arkansas Democrat Gazette -reported the following:

  1. Brenda Turner, his chief of staff, ordered the state department responsible for IT to destroy all of the hard drives on the machines in the governor's office.
  1. Office furniture - reported donated by the Republican Party of Arkansas - was taken from the office, along with hard wired light fixtures and speaker podiums.
  1.  He looted the Governor's emergency fund (an appropriated fund to cover state emergency's) to provide grants and other funds to his "special" interests - leaving the incoming Govenor with a $0 balance mid-way through the state fiscal year.

Links and other updates will be added - I have another child care issue arising but want to provide some documentation to others watching and researching the "man".

Originally posted to ArkansasJoseph on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:16 PM PST.

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  •  Alas, these commissions are mostly toothless (1+ / 0-)
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    not that I am not still pleased by your news! Especially in light of what I have learned about Huckabees rhetorical talents in the current the so-entertaining Mole diaries.

    Still, I want actual indictments.  Before I get my hopes up too far.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:21:45 PM PST

    •  Ugh - I agree (15+ / 0-)

      Interesting bit from arkydem's diary last night, quoting from an influential Arkansas columnist:

      Nevertheless, I will oblige Huckabee's request should the opportunity arise for me to speak of him. I will be careful, even if he isn't.

      I will not tell reporters or civilians in other states that he was a failed governor. I will say he was an uncommonly uneven one, blending progress, compassion, detachment, meanness and irresponsibility.

      I will not call him unethical, and certainly not corrupt. I will describe him as one who likes to receive gifts and sees no reason to decline them in deference to the appearances, if not necessarily the practice, of ethical conduct.

      I will not call him a demagogue. I will say he is one to whom impressive words come easily and flow smoothly, even if the facts don't always match up.

      I will not call him a liar. I will label him chronic hyperbolizer given to petulance, huffiness and an overly dramatic woe-is-me combativeness, one by which he always seems to see morality plays with himself as the good guy or martyr.

      I will not say he turned Wayne DuMond loose. I will say Wayne DuMond got turned loose by the Parole Board during Huckabee's governorship after Huckabee said in a letter to DuMond, "It is my desire that you be released."

      I will not call Huckabee unfit for the presidency. I will say I can no longer be sure how low that bar can go.

      Whether or not this scandal has legs, it's clear that all is not perfect in Huckabee-Land.

      What are they smoking? Find out at alien & sedition

      by BrooklynRaider on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:56:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yeah, what was with that? (2+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, keefer55

    Large scale destruction of computer records? That does not smell good. His opponents are really missing something if they give him a pass on that.

  •  Do you think that he will say (4+ / 0-)

    he destroyed those hard drives because of State Security reasons?  I bet this has all the hard drives in Cheney's office nervous.

  •  makes you think... (10+ / 0-)

    about that recent US attorney replacement in arkansas. well-qualified, well-respected prosecutor replaced with Tim Griffin, a republican political operative.

    from talking points memo:

    [F]or the last ten years -- with the exception of two one year stint -- he has always worked as a Republican party opposition researcher digging up dirt on Democrats. Deputy Research Director for the RNC from 1999-2000. Research Director for the RNC from 2002-2005. Oppo Research Director for Karl Rove 2005-2006. Prior to 1999? Well, he was associate independent counsel investigating Henry Cisneros from 1995-96. After that he went to work for Dan Burton on the Hill to investigate Asian money contributions to the DNC.

    Back in 2000, when he was in charge of digging up dirt on Al Gore, he apparently had a poster hanging on the wall behind his desk which read: "On my command - unleash hell on Al." [emphasis mine]

    I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish. --Henri Matisse

    by isis2 on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:32:46 PM PST

    •  About the US Atty for the Eastern District of.... (1+ / 0-)
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      I posted the below comment to homeland observer's diary:

      U. S. Attorneys Forced to Resign - UNPRECEDENTED (w/ Update #2)  
      by homeland observer [Subscribe]
      Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 01:00:25 PM PST

      I cut and pasted my comment here so no links. But, I hope that if I did this at all correctly the link above will take you to my original comment and the links therein - I really hope.

      The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas...
      conducted an investigation into the fee-office appointments this past summer.  Fee offices are Department of Revenue drivers license offices in MO - the "DMV".  These are political plums that the Gov. gives out to loyal supporters in each region of the state - both parties do it.  Two benefactors of such a plum were the wife and brother-in-law of then US Attorney General for the Wesstern Distric of Missouri; Todd Graves.  This plum was worth a few million dollars and an investigation was called for into fee office appointments for this reason among others like, illegal campaign donations.  There had been cries for an investigation very soon after Gov. Blunt awarded these lucrative contracts.  And an investigation into these matters was conducted by the US Attorney for then Eastern District of Arkansas, Bud cummins, because of Todd Graves' conflict. About the same time if not before the start of the investigation started, on March 3, 2006, Todd Graves resigned and joined the Jefferson office of Sen. Matt (My only issues are destroying Roe. v. wade and stopping stem cell research) Bartle's (R-Lees Summit, MO)law firm  Bartle & Marcus, LLC..  The Graves family are long time cronies of the Blunts and Todd's brother Sam Graves is the Representative for MO's sixth district.  (This seat was previously held by Democrat Patsy Danner who took it from a long-time GOP incumbent in in 1996.  Danner did not run for re-election in 2000 b/c she was stricken with breast cancer.  Her son Steve did run for her seat and narrowly lost to Graves' smear campaign.)  In October of 2006 Bud Cummins issued a statement that his investigation uncovered no wrong doing.  On December 15, 2006 Bud Cummins resigned and was replaced by a Bush Admin. Aide under the tutelage of Karl Rove for the previous four years Tim Griffin in an interim appointment to  much furror.  Bud Cummins joined the   private sector but has refeused to comment as to whether his resignation was forced.  It had been alleged that US Attorney Lam in CA and I recall a NV US Attorney that recently left the DOJ as well as Bud were asked to resign.  I'm just sayin'.

  •  More info here: (2+ / 0-)
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    BrooklynRaider, litho

    Surge happens in power lines. Escalation happens in unwinnable wars. -- ActivistGuy

    by PatsBard on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:35:04 PM PST

  •  but he registered at compusa (2+ / 0-)
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    cookiesandmilk, inclusiveheart

    for more hard drives for the state.

  •  sure, but (0+ / 0-)

    links? substantiation? something?

    -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

    by condoleaser on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 02:41:59 PM PST

  •  Not to mention, (5+ / 0-)
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    zeke L, PoliMorf, litho, sharman, keefer55

    $13,000 to crush 83 hard drives? Where the hell do I get that contract?

    The real problem with this is that it's the first documented case of a Republican understanding that emails stick around to bite you in the ass. Let's hope that doesn't spread.

    The lone and level sands stretch far away. -Shelly

    by justme on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 03:31:25 PM PST

  •  Well, that proves Huckabee is 100% Republican (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe he'll make it through the primaries because of support from the radical religious right, but if he faces our democrats, he'll be toast, I boast.

    Chris Dodd is our man to stop the Huckabee stampede!!

    by GW Chimpzilla on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 04:00:15 PM PST

  •  Huckabee worries me (0+ / 0-)

    At the moment, he's the only one I see on the repub side who really seems to me capable of getting through the nominating season and then seducing enough of the country to get elected.

    Investigate him!!!!

    "The revolution is just a t-shirt away" -- Billy Bragg

    by kainah on Fri Feb 02, 2007 at 07:28:09 PM PST

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