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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Huckabee's not-so-fond farewell -- UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 6:04 AM

The Baxter Bulletin adds to the chorus of good riddances for outgoing Gov. Mike Huckabee. This goes beyond our pet project. None of this leaves particularly friendly home terrain for a potential presidential candidate. How the homefolks feel will, eventually, have some impact on how the candidate is written about and viewed elsewhere. On destruction of the computer hard drives:

The first idea that comes to mind is Mr. Huckabee sure had a lot of information he didn't want anyone to ever see. It's just a natural inclination to think somebody who has hard drives on 83 computers and four servers — paid for by taxpayers — has something to hide.

What was it? It looks like no one will ever know. It's all gone, lost to posterity.

Instead of aspiring to the presidency, perhaps Mr. Huckabee should consider a career at the Central Intelligence Agency or National Security Agency. After this, he seems much more suited to keeping secrets.

By the way, KARN Radio finally has an audio of Huckabee's interview yesterday morning with Bob Steel. It was his first direct comments on the hard drive hubbub.

Huckabee, who apparently has put the Democrat-Gazette's Seth Blomeley in the deep freeze for his reporting, complained to Steel that the articles were meant to make it look like he'd left office with something less than class. Right. It was the articles, not the mad grab for stuff and cash, veiled in paranoid secrecy, that did that. He also said he could have taken more stuff with him. Again, how? The stuff is the state's, not Mike Huckabee's. Or if he claims it is his, through gifts unknown, then there's some investigating to be done. 

UPDATE: Garrick Feldman, publisher of the Arkansas Leader, talks in his latest column with Prosecutor Larry Jegley about the possibility of going after Huckabee on criminal charges for destruction of public property.

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