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Charlie Fuqua returns, warns of Arkansas Republicans getting slimed

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click to enlarge 'TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT': That's what former state legislator Charles Fuqua claims the Arkansas Times did in reporting on his writings.
  • 'TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT': That's what former state legislator Charles Fuqua claims the Arkansas Times did in reporting on his writings.
Former state legislator Charlie Fuqua is back, warning Republicans in a mass email that "the only people who ever get slimed are the good guys." You know, good guys like he and Jon Hubbard, whose 2012 campaigns for state legislature were derailed after the Times excerpted all sorts of really nutty things they'd written in the past. 

Fuqua is mad about a letter circulating about attorney general candidate David Sterling and his past representation of Cupid's, which led the Duggar family to withdraw its endorsement of Sterling.

Before he can get into his defense of Sterling, Fuqua does some explaining about how the Arkansas Times tricked uninformed voters into believing that he and Hubbard were extremists. 

You can read his whole letter below, but his explanation of how we didn't accurately convey he and Hubbard's positions is worth special attention:

We Republicans need to wake up and understand that the only people who ever get slimed are the good guys. There are no perfect people, and people totally lacking all moral character can always find something to take out of context or twist to make it appear that a good person has done something wrong. When Jon Hubbard and I were running for State representative seats the Arkansas Times published an article claiming Jon Hubbard was a raciest [sic] because he wrote a book in which he stated that it was a blessing for African Americans that their ancestors were brought to the U.S. as slaves because now they live in the greatest nation on earth. Jon is not a racist, and I do not know how what he said could be construed as raciest [sic], but the Arkansas Times expressed outrage and the uninformed voters bought it. I wrote a book about the Ten Commandments and in the chapter on honoring your father and mother I discussed the scripture passage that says that if you have a rebellious son who is a lazy drunk that he should be taken to the judges and they should determine if he should be executed. Statements were taken out of context and the Arkansas Times purposely left the impression that I wanted to stone children to death.

You can read his passage on the death penalty and children here.

The full letter:

Slime The Good Guys
By Charles R. Fuqua, J.D.

A letter has gone out to Republican committeemen and committeewomen. The purpose of the letter is to Slime David Sterling, candidate for Arkansas Attorney General. Whoever sent out the letter did not have the courage or decency to sign the letter. The letter says that Jim Bob Duggar has dropped his support for Sterling. It also talks about Sterling's representation of a Lingerie shop, and how the Republican party does not need any more of the likes of Charlie Fuqua and John Hubbard who have been tied to racial or bigoted writings.

We Republicans need to wake up and understand that the only people who ever get slimed are the good guys. There are no perfect people, and people totally lacking all moral character can always find something to take out of context or twist to make it appear that a good person has done something wrong. When Jon Hubbard and I were running for State representative seats the Arkansas Times published an article claiming Jon Hubbard was a raciest because he wrote a book in which he stated that it was a blessing for African Americans that their ancestors were brought to the U.S. as slaves because now they live in the greatest nation on earth. Jon is not a racist, and I do not know how what he said could be construed as raciest, but the Arkansas Times expressed outrage and the uninformed voters bought it. I wrote a book about the Ten Commandments and in the chapter on honoring your father and mother I discussed the scripture passage that says that if you have a rebellious son who is a lazy drunk that he should be taken to the judges and they should determine if he should be executed. Statements were taken out of context and the Arkansas Times purposely left the impression that I wanted to stone children to death.

Republican leadership, including Doyle Web, Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford, all made statements denouncing Jon and I, and our opponents reprinted those statements over and over in adds. None of those Republican leaders ever called Jon or I and ask if the accusations made by the liberal newspapers were true. The Republican party advised me not to respond to the allegations stating that they were so outrageous that no one would believe them. A young man that worked in Rick Crawford's campaign told me that Rick had to throw me under the bus because I did not respond to the attacks and Rick was afraid that it would hurt his campaign.

A few days before this letter about David Sterling came out, I got a call from a fellow attorney in Independence County asking me if the Independence County Tea Party had endorsed David Sterling. I told him I did not know, but that David Sterling had called me and asked for a donation and that I had given him one. He said that I should support Leslie Rutledge because she is from my home county, and that David Sterling represented a porn shop. As it turns out David Sterling represented Cupids Lingerie in a do-not-compete contract dispute with employees. The purpose of Sterling's representation was to prevent another lingerie shop from opening in violation of the contract the employees had with Cupids lingerie. I reminded my attorney friend that attorneys represent people involved in legal matters, and that he was being somewhat hypocritical because he represented a child molester in a case where I represented the State. At some point Cupids Lingerie opened a web site and sells porn through the web site. If an attorney represents a person, is the attorney responsible for anything that person does at any time in their life? Even a murderer is entitled to legal representation. I know of good moral attorneys (and there are not very many) who have represented murders.

The fellow attorney asked me why I did not support Leslie Rutledge since she is from my home county. I told him that my wife and I went to the First Congressional District Republican Committee meeting in Heber Springs and both Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling spoke. On the way home from the meeting my wife ask what I thought of Leslie Rutledge. I told her I was not impressed. My wife said that she was not impressed either because all Mrs. Rutledge told us was that she had lived in Arkansas most of her life, and was related to, or had association with important Republicans. She basically said that we owed her our vote because she is a Republican blueblood. David Sterling told us what he stands for.

A friend of mine confronted Leslie Rutledge about this letter. She said she was aware of the letter but not responsible for it. He told her she should call Jon and me and tell us that she did not approve the letter. I have not heard from her. Whenever a good man or woman runs for office evil people will slime them. We should support candidates that have good enough character that they become the target of slime attacks. Send David Sterling a contribution at http://www.sterlingforag.com       

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