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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holding Fire On New Huckabee Ethics Rumors

Over at the Caucus Cooler there are some fairly bold charges about ethics issues as governor.

You can read a summary here

You can see the documents here

Here's the thing. I'm sure this story is going to get bigger, or get smaller in the next couple of days. Before we at Iowans for Romney get into the discussion on this topic we're going to keep an eye on things and see where this goes. Until then, let me just say that I think Governor Huckabee is a good person, doing the best that he can. I'll weigh in on this at a future date. Or if it turns out to be nothing, then I'll go back to talking about why Governor Romney is the better candidate for President.

UPDATE: The source of this information is the Thompson campaign. Yesterday there was a Huckabee campaign event in Muscatine IA and some questions were asked about Huckabee's stance on stem cell research. In response to Huckabee's boilerplate answer about his longstanding opposition etc... the Thompson campaign sent out sent out the info.

UPDATE # 2: Novo Nordisk does actively support stem cell research, which makes it a little difficult for Huckabee to claim consistency on this issue. (This doesn't sway me one way or another, but I do recall Fred Thompson taking a good deal of heat a few months back for something similar.)

Jimmy Carter may have been a squish on foreign policy, and a disaster for our country, but I don't recall hearing of any conflicts of interest like this. Would a Huckabee administration be like some hybrid Clinton/Carter administration? All the incompetence of Jimmy Carter, with all the ethics of Bill Clinton.


Anonymous said...

Comment left on the Cooler site:

Maine.. First off..quit pretending you're an Iowan..

Second off..if you're gullible enough to believe everything that Team Romney is feeding you.. well..guess there isnt much we can do about that.

Look at those reporting forms for a minute there..Dates on there are for 2007 for Novo Nordisk...AFTER HUCKABEE HAD LEFT OFFICE.

Go check out just what Novo Nordisk does....they're a DIABETES treatment company!!! Not a "embronic stem cell research" company as the Cooler wants you to believe.
9:22 PM

Anonymous said...

What's Huckabee doing messing around with a guy who's been accused of having Mob ties? Hmmmm ........

Huckabee raises cash, likes odds of winning Texas' GOP primary

Host Gene Phillips says former Arkansas governor 'has a Texas-type message'

12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, December 19, 2007

By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he likes his odds of winning Texas' Republican primary – odds bolstered by a lucrative fundraiser Tuesday night hosted by a highly successful, and litigious, Dallas real estate developer who was once tried and acquitted on federal racketeering charges.

"We have the momentum, and I'm hoping we can build on it. People here want conservative leadership," the former Arkansas governor said, after a two-hour speech and meet-and-greet at Gene Phillips' 13-acre Dallas estate.

"This is a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-traditional marriage state that believes in lower, not higher taxes. And I feel like if there's anyone in the race that feels a kinship with Texas – except in football – that'd be me."

Organizers announced at the end of the fundraiser that Mr. Huckabee generated more than $202,000 from the event, where standard tickets went for $2,300. Those in attendance included Irving Mayor Herbert Gears and several members of the Oklahoma Legislature.

The Texas primary is March 4.

The Dallas yield is yet another cash infusion for a candidate who even this fall was struggling to raise money while better-known GOP presidential contenders such as Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney wallowed in cash.

Last quarter, Mr. Huckabee raised just over $1 million, dwarfed by the sums Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Romney raked in. Even Ron Paul, the U.S. representative from Lake Jackson, who's in single digits in the GOP polls, far outpaced Mr. Huckabee's receipts.

But Mr. Huckabee's poll numbers have soared on the strength of a conservative message that's appealed especially to evangelical Christians.

On Tuesday night, he regaled the audience of more than 150 with tales of his transformation from a small-town boy whose father never thought he'd meet the state's governor to a man who became Arkansas' 44th governor.

Mr. Huckabee spoke at length about replacing the federal income tax with a consumption-based sales tax and empowering states to better tackle issues like education. But he didn't address immigration policy, abortion or gay marriage.

In an interview afterward, Mr. Huckabee eagerly defended his host, calling Mr. Phillips a wonderful man whom he's proud to count among his supporters.

In 2002, a federal jury acquitted Mr. Phillips on seven charges, including racketeering and wire fraud, stemming from allegations that he was illegally paying off union officials and mobsters.

This year, Mr. Phillips sued Google in federal court, alleging libel stemming from the search engine's placement of Web sites and articles about his past legal troubles. The suit has since been withdrawn by Mr. Phillips.

He also has found himself crosswise with Dallas City Hall.

Last year, Transcontinental Realty Investors authorized the bulldozing of the historic Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, built in about 1925 in the West End. Mr. Phillips' American Realty Investors owns more than 80 percent of Transcontinental.

The city alleges in a case still pending that Transcontinental did not obtain proper permits and failed to secure permission from the city's Landmark Commission, which must authorize such demolitions.

Mr. Huckabee said he wasn't concerned about Mr. Phillips' legal dealings.

"Not at all. Of course not," Mr. Huckabee said. "He's a wonderful person, and he's been nothing but just terrific to me. He and his wife are just delightful people who've been just wonderful to us."

Mr. Phillips said his ideology aligns well with that of Mr. Huckabee, whose name he barely knew just two months ago.

"His generally conservative and Christian message interested me," Mr. Phillips said Tuesday.

"He's just come from out of nowhere, but people realized very quickly that he has a wonderful message, a presidential message. ... He has a Texas-type message."