Mike Huckabee, truth teller?
At the tail end of the very hot story
about Huckabee ignoring pleas from women raped by Wayne Dumond, we get this: (emp add)
... in a 2002 story ... for the Arkansas Times about Huckabee's role in freeing Dumond, four board members -- three of who spoke on the record -- said that Huckabee lobbied and pressured board members on the matter. This included a 1996 executive meeting at which the board's recording secretary -- who ordinarily tapes the entire sessions -- was asked to leave the room. Several board members and members of the state legislator have said the secret session violated state law.
Huckabee, in turn, has said that all four parole board members have lied about his role in Dumond's release from prison.
There are some who want to argue
that Huckabee's judgment was, like all of us, fallible at times. But set that aside. Do you really think that four parole board members are lying? (Huckabee says in his defense that they were all appointees of Democratic Arkansas governors.) That might be a better measure of Huckabee's character than a disputable issue of what risk to the community Dumond was believed to be.
It's a classic case of a boy covering for another boy and ignoring the victims of the rape. Business as usual - compassion for the perpetrator but not for the victims.