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Huckabee: Calling all homeboys

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 5:14 AM

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Mike Huckabee has been stung by Arkansas Republicans who've been trashing his candidacy in national press interviews. (Between that and a 35-8 poll win for Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas Poll, it gives any national press paying attention the idea that Arkansas wasn't sorry to see The Huckster in the rear view mirror.) Brummett writes on The Huckster's homestate numbers today, too.

So now Huckabee is trying to rally Arkansas Republican legislators to his cause. A survey earlier by the Democrat-Gazette indicated that his support in that corner was slim. That wasn't surprising. He was imperious in his relationship with them during his kingship, plus many of them simply split deeply with him on matters of principle. His major achievements were primarily parade-leading partnerships with Democrats opposed by significant numbers of Republicans.

His make-nice letter to Arkanas Republican legislators is on the jump. (Does it tell you anything about his relationship with them that I was supplied a copy?) My guess is that there are some Republican legislators with a revisionist view of Huck's history and long memories of the degree to which he supported legislative election efforts. And party building? How many Republicans are in state office now? How many legislative seats were picked up in the last two elections, at the pinnacle of Huck power, with his appointees in control of every lever in government? The answer to both questions is a big fat zero.

Typical, one legislator notes, that Huck would seek support by a staffer's e-mail. You think he has a phone up in New Hampshire?

LETTER FROM MIKE HUCKABEE, DISTRIBUTED BY STACI CATES, THE ARK. GOP'S DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

To:     Arkansas Republican Legislators
From:   Mike Huckabee
               Date:   October 31, 2007
               Re:     Your Support
Friends, I want to let you know that we are experience great success on
every front for the campaign. The truth is that our success is surprising
most everyone nationally but it is no surprise to you or me. As Republicans
in Arkansas we have a long track record of taking on difficult task,
overcoming tremendous challenges and winning battles no one thought we could
win. It is true that like any family we do not always see eye to eye on
every issue but overall we have locked arms over and over again to fight for
better government and to advance conservative causes in Arkansas. The truth
is that we had great success together in cutting taxes, passing pro-life
legislation, fighting for the family, improving education and highways and
making government more efficient. I look back with tremendous pride on all
we achieved in spite of being in the minority! Also, together we appointed
Republicans to every board and commission for the first time in Arkansas
history!

Some of my best memories are not just the ones at the Capitol in the battles
we took on but are the days we spent together out in Arkansas. It was my
privilege to give PAC monies to our candidates, write letters of support for
them, host fundraisers and travel from town to town on their behalf. Whether
it was a bus tour for Asa or a local dinner for a legislative candidate we
worked hard together to get our team elected. I do not regret one moment of
it. I cherish these memories of campaigning with many of you side by side.

Now I need your help. As you know our campaign is doing very well. The Iowa
Caucus is just 64 days away and we are now in second place and climbing.
Recent national polls place me in third place among the GOP candidates. As
you can imagine this type of success has caused attacks against me and my
record in Arkansas to begin. I need you to help me spread the truth about my
tenor. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal it was disappointing
to read the criticisms of Randy Minton and Betsy Hagan, as I had campaigned
to help elect Randy and have known and loved Betsy for such a long time.
They do not represent the vast majority of Republicans in our state as
evidenced by those who have rallied to us since these broadsides were
launched in the national press. They are certainly not the spokesperson for
our party nor did they paint an accurate picture. I need you to help tell
the story of all we did together to make Arkansas better and how hard I
fought to help our team get elected and see our party grow.

I am honored to have the endorsement of John Paul Hammerschmidt, Tim
Hutchinson, Asa Hutchinson, John Boozman, Jay Dickey, and a long list of
past and present GOP legislators. I am asking you today to help me. Please
sign on today and join the "Arkansas Republican Leaders for Huckabee". We
need every one of you on board. Chad Gallagher will be following up with
you. You can join this team today by emailing him at
chad.gallagher@legacyincorporated.com

I will never forget all our hard work together to make Arkansas a better
place and now together again we can take the next step to serve our country!
Thanks in advance for your support and help.

                               With Gratitude,
                               MIKE HUCKABEE

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