Behind that small town charm of Mike Huckabee, with that "Mayberry" name, Gomer Pyle looks and "aw schucks" demeanor, is far less appealing story of raised allegations of using some official Governor's budgets for personal use, accepting huge gifts from wealthy campaign donors and destroying computer hard drive evidence of the trail of gifts or personal spending that took place while he was Governor of Arkansas.
And that small town charm also wears thin as many who know Huckabee actually claim he is both "petty" and "thinskinned", and far from the nice person that many have been fooled into believing that he is. And unfortunately the conduct of Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee while acting as Governor of Arkansas is way too similiar to that of too many corrupt TV evangelists in way too many ways. Both are known for their widespread use of funds meant for specific activities for personal use, such as clothes and furniture, etc.
Huckabee's trail of ethics problems really broke to the Arkansas public when the ARKANSAS TIMES ran a story on how Huckabee used Governor's Mansion Expense Account Funds to buy clothes for the personal use of his wife. And in a worst example, Huckabee accepted a $70,000 expensive furniture gift from a wealthy cotton farmer political donor, which was later found out to be unacceptable as well. When a staffer first raised concerns about the $70,000 gift, Huckabee used strongarmed legal threats against the staffer to quiet them down and attempted to suppress the story. And upon leaving office, Huckabee made sure all the computer hard drive evidence of his spending record of budgets as Governor were destroyed, effectively ending any future ethics or conduct investigations.
And even the Huckabee campaign has been scandal plagued with allegations of staffers using dirty tactics such as negative "push polls" to harm other candidates or the use of religious bigotry to attack the religion of Mormon candidate Mitt Romney. Huckabee attempts to make himself look like the good guy and denounce these tactics, but only after the dirty conduct becomes public.
Mike Huckabee has it all wrong if he believes that the average American wants to elect a president who uses official budgets for their family's personal use or accepts huge gifts from powerful donors. At the state level in Arkansas, Huckabee was able to get away with this unethical and questionable conduct due to the laws of that state. And serious questions have to be raised about how a religious right Baptist preacher would harm civil liberties or the seperation of church and state as well. Huckabee may have been able to get himself elected Governor in a poor conservative Christian right state like Arkansas, but his televangelist type beliefs and ethics problems are all wrong for America.
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