Tuesday, January 08, 2008

If you need a reason NOT to vote for Huckabee

How about this one -- his son, David Huckabee, had a hand in killing a stray dog at a Boy Scouts Camp (where he was working as a camp counselor; great role model for children, eh?), was fired from his job there, and then Huckabee himself had a hand in covering up the entire episode? Disgusting, from start to finish.

If you can stomach the gory details, you can read more about the entire incident here. Here's an excerpt:
A December 2007 Newsweek article reported that shortly after the animal's death, the local prosecuting attorney wrote a letter to the Arkansas state police asking them to investigate the case to see if the two young men involved had violated state animal cruelty laws. The state police did not look into the matter, and no charges were filed.

John Bailey, then director of Arkansas's state police, told Newsweek that people in Governor Huckabee's employ (his chief of staff and personal lawyer) leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request for an investigation. Newsweek reported that: "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." Bailey was fired by Huckabee seven months later, with (according to Bailey) one of the reasons given by Huckabee being that "I couldn't get you to help me with my son when I had that problem."
Newsweek also quoted I.C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, as saying: "Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son."
Now you all know how I feel about stray dogs, and animal abusers. Perhaps one cannot hold Huckabee entirely responsible for his almost-adult son's actions, but then again, the apple don't fall far from the tree, ya know? We certainly can, however, hold Huckabee responsible for thwarting justice, justice that never came for the poor dog murdered by David Huckabee, who was never made to stand trial for his crime of animal abuse, due to Huckabee's intervention into the matter. Not to mention that he fired a career police officer who was trying to do his job. What a self-righteous bastard. Let's fast forward a couple of years and imagine, if you will, the damage this jackass might do once in the White House... Yeah, no, thanks!

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