The GOP's 2008 Willie Horton?
December 5, 2007 8:43pm CST
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has been shocking people across the nation in recent weeks with his sudden surge in the polls, moving from an "also ran" to the leader in some Iowa GOP polls and now polling second in some national polls. However, as can be expected when someone reaches front-runner status Huckabee is now coming under more scrutiny. Today it was reported on ABC News that when Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas he supported the parole of a convicted rapist who then raped and murdered a young pregnant woman. Although Huckabee has attempted to downplay his involvement in this man's parole member of the parole board have alleged the former Governor personally wrote letters stating he believed the man should be released from prison. It was reported on the Huffington Post that conservative activists had worked very hard for this rapist's release. Conservative groups wanting a convicted rapist to be released from prison? Does that strike you as being a bit odd as it did me? Maybe the fact that his victim just happened to be a distant cousin of Bill Clinton had something to do with it. Some in the far-right had such an intense hatred for the former President they didn't believe the man who had raped his distant cousin deserved to be punished! This isn't a pro or anti-Huckabee post; I won't be voting in the Republican primary anyway and I kind of doubt I'll be voting for the GOP nominee...(News Flash!) I'm not sure how much responsibility Huckabee had in this man's release but the family of his murder victim certainly do not believe he should be President of the United States. Let's discuss it; what do you think of this whole incident? Annie
• United States
6 Dec 07
I think this is the worst election line up ever, at least since I was able to vote. If this is the very worst thing that Huckabee did, then it would not be so bad, but the skeletons have just begun to rattle.