Huckabee gets clubbed | Arkansas Blog

Friday, August 3, 2007

Huckabee gets clubbed

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2007 at 3:51 PM

We've told you before about the Club for Growth ads in Iowa clobbering Mike Huckabee as a tax-and-spender. The subject came up today in a chat with reporters, as CBS news noted:

The group has leveled the same criticisms against Huckabee in the past, but coming as it does before the Aug. 11 Republican straw poll in the state, the candidate told reporters in a conference call today that someone must be getting nervous. "Obviously, we're getting some traction," Huckabee said. "We're even finding that we're the target of some negative campaign attacks, and that's always a sign that you must be rattling somebody's cage and threatening somebody."

Huckabee, who said the criticisms are "filled with inaccuracies," would not share specifically his suspicions of who may be behind the ad but said, "I think it's got to be another candidate. I don't know that for sure but I can't imagine anyone else having such a vested interest, at this stage of the game just before the straw poll, than another candidate who realizes that we're gaining a substantial amount of momentum in Iowa."

Aw, come on Mike. You know better than that. Here's the back story, as told to me today by someone in a position to know.

Huckabee had recruited Madison Murphy, Jackson T. Stephens Jr. and Jim Walton a number of years ago to bankroll his Next Step foundation to work for education reform. Over time, it became clear that Huckabee's aim was more about the governor's political advancement than the sweeping reform the barons had envisioned.

Anyway, along the way, another important issue came up. At a Mansion meeting brokered by Jay Dickey, Huckabee met with Stephens, heir to part of the Stephens Inc. fortune. Stephens, who had toyed with the idea of running for governor, was backing an initiative to remove all the sales tax on groceries. Huckabee promised him he would not be actively involved in the issue. Then he reneged. He came out -- commendably -- against the ruinous proposal. If we had to guess, we'd put DFA boss Richard Weiss at the top of the list of suspects who helped convince Huckabee that his weight was needed in opposition to a government-crippling idea. The initiative failed by a huge margin. Stephens never forgave Huckabee for breaking his word. Stephens is a major supporter of the Club for Growth. Follow the dots.


From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation