Mike Huckabee Latest ‘Media Darling’

Lots of Press Love Also Mean Lots of Press Scrutiny

Son David’s Troubles

Is the Romance with Press Over? 

Mike Huckabee has found that along with press love comes press scrutiny.

Touted with headlines such as the “surging” Huckabee, the “Huckabee support strong” and “Surprising Huckabee”, Huckabee’s campaign has to now deal with the “A Son’s Past Deeds Come Back to Bite Huckabee” headline and story at Newsweek.

Under the mug shot from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department of son, David, is a story detailing Jr. Huckabee’s past run-ins with the law: allegations of torturing and hanging a stray dog, being arrested with a pistol at the Arkansas Airport and allegations that dad Mike leaned on some people to keep the dog story from escalating.
One issue likely to get attention is his handling of a sensitive family matter: allegations that one of his sons was involved in the hanging of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998. The incident led to the dismissal of David Huckabee, then 17, from his job as a counselor at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Ark.

It also prompted the local prosecuting attorney— bombarded with complaints generated by a national animal-rights group—to write a letter to the Arkansas state police seeking help investigating whether David and another teenager had violated state animal-cruelty laws. The state police never granted the request, and no charges were ever filed.

But John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas’s state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee’s chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor’s request.

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Tortured Dog and a Gun: Is Press Romance with Huckabee Over? 


Tortured Dog and a Gun: Is Press Romance with Huckabee Over?

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