Should Mike Huckabee really be tweeting about killing & cooking dogs?

Said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Twitter last night:

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.”

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2 thoughts on “Should Mike Huckabee really be tweeting about killing & cooking dogs?

  1. In 2008 I posted about the strange eating habit of Huckabee, and following this latest attempt by the shallow candidate to get notice I offer what I wrote….

    This morning on “Meet The Press” Tim Russert asked Mike Huckabee, the GOP White House hopeful, about the days when he and the good ol’ boys would fry up a mess of squirrel in a popcorn popper in the college dorms. I can’t see dead squirrels as a way to lure girls into a college dorm, but those squirrels seemed to be a real hoot for the local boys.

    MR. RUSSERT: All right. Before you go, I have to ask you about this comment on…

    GOV. HUCKABEE: All right.

    MR. RUSSERT: “Morning Joe”‘s program back in January.

    GOV. HUCKABEE: OK.

    MR. RUSSERT: “When I was in college, we used to take a popcorn popper–because that was the only thing” many of us–“they would let us use in the dorms”…

    GOV. HUCKABEE: Yeah.

    MR. RUSSERT: …”and we would fry squirrel in the popcorn poppers in the dorm room.”

    GOV. HUCKABEE: Yeah. Yeah. We really did that. We really did.

    MR. RUSSERT: Did you eat them?

    GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, of course you–we ate them.

  2. WOW! I guess Huckabee can rule out any possible votes from the Asian community. As for his son… Double WOW and horrific!
    What hell was he thinking? Hanging, stoning and slitting the poor dogs throat was their method of putting the dog out of its misery? I am actually speechless…

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