Said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Twitter last night:
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 14, 2015
Putting aside the obvious racist tone of Huckabee’s tweet, I find it curious he’d draw attention to killing and eating a dog, given the fact that his son David Huckabee killed a dog at Boy Scout camp in 1998.
No one connected to any of the principals apparently wanted to talk about how the dog was dispatched. The only person in that group who said anything about this was Danny Frady, father of Clayton Frady (the other young counselor fired over the incident), and even he didn’t say what his son did; he only averred that when his son came upon the animal, it was being hanged by others. Anonymous rumors about how the dog was killed claim Frady and Huckabee hanged the dog, slit its throat, and stoned it to death.
But why would the young men have been fired if what they had done was merely to put a suffering animal out of its misery or strike down a sickly animal that looked like it was about to attack someone? Scout executive Young, the person who dismissed them from their jobs, said the pair were fired because they had violated a Scout law: “A Scout is kind.”
A December 2007 Newsweek article reported shortly after the animal’s death, the local prosecuting attorney wrote a letter to the Arkansas state police asking them to investigate the case to see if the two young men involved had violated state animal cruelty laws. The state police did not look into the matter, and no charges were filed.
John Bailey, then director of Arkansas’s state police, told Newsweek personnel in Governor Huckabee’s employ (his chief of staff and personal lawyer) leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor’s request for an investigation. Wrote Newsweek: “Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer’s intervention as improper and terminated the conversation.” Bailey was fired by Huckabee seven months later, with (according to Bailey) one of the reasons given by Huckabee being that “I couldn’t get you to help me with my son when I had that problem.” Newsweek quoted I.C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, as saying “Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son.”