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December 14, 2007

Huckabee, the Grasping Gift-Greedy Governor

$112,000 in private gifts -- to Huckabee, from, um "friends" -- in a single year.

His defense? They never proved anything.

Bear in mind, this is the cat who piously ripped the tax-cutting Club for Growth as the "Club for Greed."

So while he's doing good works with the public's money, he's taking every hand-out offered to him by businessmen, lobbyists, advocates, and assorted other "friends." Hey, he's a charming guy, right?

I'm sure that in no way will the public associate the preacherman's love of donations to, say, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's or anything. In no way whatsoever is he a stereotypical silver-tongued hypocrite grabbing all the gold and jewels he can with both hands.

Thanks to Lane.

Update (Slublog) - Culture of corruption?

But his career has also been colored by 14 ethics complaints and a volley of questions about his integrity, ranging from his management of campaign cash to his use of a nonprofit organization to subsidize his income to his destruction of state computer files on his way out of the governor’s office.

Some of the ethics complaints deal with fairly penny ante stuff, and most were dismissed.

They did, however, yield five admonitions and $1,000 in fines from Arkansas' Ethics Commission and, perhaps more significantly, a pattern that strategists for two competing GOP campaigns privately predict could become fodder for attacks playing on the culture-of-corruption theme Democrats used to pound Republicans in the 2006 midterm elections.

Huckabee's reaction to these charges is like that of another former Arkansas governor - deny, blame it on partisanship and fight back in court.

More here.

I do not doubt the sincerity of Huckabee's faith, but I'm starting to have concerns about the discernment of those evangelical voters who continue to support him based largely on that faith while ignoring his record.

More - Rightwingsparkle: Huckapalooza!


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