Shoot this old gray head if you must | Arkansas Blog

Monday, December 17, 2007

Shoot this old gray head if you must

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 4:38 PM

I've been yukking it up this week about the "revelations" that R.J. Reynolds contributed the biggest nut to Mike Huckabee's secretive Action America money laundry. The news, confirmed now by R.J. Reynolds, was broken by Newsweek and advanced by the New York Times, thanks to former Huckabee moneybags J.J. Vigneault, who spilled the beans. Huckabee gave speeches to rouse the Religious Right against Hillarycare and an expected greater tax burden on big tobacco.

Searching archives for other treasure, I stumbled on this 1998 Arkansas Times insider, written by yours truly:

Perhaps you've noted that J.J. Vigneault, a former political operative in Arkansas (Tommy Robinson is one of his former employers) who now lives in Austin, Texas; Greg Graves, Gov. Mike Huckabee's campaign consultant; and Bill Vickery, the ambidextrous political consultant are partners in the Gordian Group, which does political consulting. And that Vigneault and Graves, in addition to being paid to work for the Huckabee gubernatorial campaign, are also officers in Action America, the, ahem, non-profit set up in Texas to launder honoraria for the Huckster out of sight of the public.


Vigneault, you might not know, also has done grassroots political lobbying for R.J. Reynolds, stirring up local opposition, for example, to the anti-smoking ordinance Fort Smith considered a while back.


This connection got folks thinking: Could tobacco money be the hidden subsidy Mike Huckabee received through Action America?


Vigneault and Graves say not.

Wish I'd remembered that.

Not that any of this matters. The Huckster is now No. 1 nationally in Rasmussen tracking, with 23 percent (every last evangelical in America) in the Republican race. Do you think the Huckabee press office will give me a spot on the second-tier press riser at the 6 a.m. prayer service Inaugural day? Perhaps the mule-skinners form-up line at the parade? Mother Jones works out on him here on Huckabee's weird religious views, but so what? He's nice. He ran a nice Christmas commercial. We'll worry later about the Christian jihad.

Favorite

Comments (21)

Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Free Zinn book for Arkansas teachers

    Arkansas teachers! Get your free Howard Zinn book here! Whether Kim Hendren likes it or not.
    • Mar 3, 2017
  • The LR chamber does the public's business. Is it accountable? Blue Hog on the case.

    Matt Campbell, lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, has sent a Freedom of Information Act request to Jay Chessir, director of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Mark Stodola related to the publicity stunt yesterday  built around withdrawing from the mayor's rash pronouncement that the city would seek an Amazon HQ2 project even though the city  didn't meet the company's criteria.
    • Oct 20, 2017
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017

Slideshows

Most Viewed

  • Pine Bluff native wages war on fraternity culture

    Bloomberg has an interesting feature on Deborah Dunklin Tipton of Memphis, a native of Pine Bluff and heiress to an Arkansas agricultural fortune, who's put her money to work investigating the death of her son Robert in 2012 of what's been ruled an accidental drug overdose following fraternity hazing at High Point University in North Carolina.
  • School superintendent Poore not registered to vote

    Blogger Russ Racop dug up a factoid of interest this week on Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore: He's not registered to vote in Pulaski County.
  • Judge denies Jon Woods' request to be free pending appeal UPDATE

    Judge Timothy Brooks has rejected former state Sen. Jon Woods' request that he be allowed to remain free pending appeal of his public corruption conviction to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. UPDATED with news on co-defendant Randell Shelton and a request for a trial delay by Jeremy Hutchinson in another public corruption case.
  • Breaking: Ken Starr doesn't like the Clintons. Look who's talking about morality

    Surprise. Former Whitewater persecutor Kenneth Starr's new book trashes Bill and Hillary Clinton, as the Democrat-Gazette made clear this morning. You'd think Starr was some moral exemplar as he whines about his "persona non grata" status in Arkansas.
  • Judge strikes down Rogers' anti-panhandling ordinance

    The ACLU has won another lawsuit against an anti-panhandling ordinance, this time in Rogers.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation