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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The First Skeleton Tumbles Out of Huckabee’s Closet

posted by on December 5 at 12:15 PM

Everyone who’s been watching the rise of Mike Huckabee has been wondering when some of the more politically damaging parts of his record in Arkansas were going to come back to haunt him—particularly the story about the convicted Arkansas rapist, Wayne Dumond, who was released at Huckabee’s urging and then went on to rape and murder another woman.

Huckabee has been saying on the campaign trail that no one could have predicted that Dumond would rape again. Well, it turns out victims of the rapist predicted precisely that outcome in letters made available to Huckabee as the decision to release the rapist was being made.

As Murray Waas reports at The Huffington Post:

Confidential files obtained by the Huffington Post show that Huckabee was provided letters from several women who had been sexually assaulted by Dumond and who indeed predicted that he would rape again - and perhaps murder - if released.

In a letter that has never before been made public, one of Dumond’s victims warned: “I feel that if he is released it is only a matter of time before he commits another crime and fear that he will not leave a witness to testify against him the next time.” Before Dumond was granted parole at Huckabee’s urging, records show that Huckabee’s office received a copy of this letter from Arkansas’ parole board.

The woman later wrote directly to Huckabee about having been raped by Dumond. In a letter obtained by the Huffington Post, she said that Dumond had raped her while holding a butcher knife to her throat, and while her then-3-year-old daughter lay in bed next to her. Also included in the files sent to Huckabee’s office was a police report in which Dumond confessed to the rape. Dumond was not charged in that particular case because he later refused to sign the confession and because the woman was afraid to press charges.

Huckabee kept these and other documents secret because they were politically damaging, according to a former aide who worked for him in Arkansas. The aide has made the records available to the Huffington Post, deeply troubled by Huckabee’s repeated claims that he had no reason to believe Dumond would commit other violent crimes upon his release from prison. The aide also believes that Huckabee, for political reasons, has deliberately attempted to cover up his knowledge of Dumond’s other sexual assaults.

“There were no letters sent to the governor’s office from any rape victims,” Huckabee campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart said on Tuesday when contacted by the Huffington Post.

Subsequently, however, the campaign provided a former senior aide of Huckabee’s who did remember reading at least one of the letters.

Just a little online contretemps? Nope. This story’s also getting attention on ABC and CBS.

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Oh, wait, he's a Republican.

Nope, pretty typical for those scum.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 5, 2007 12:24 PM

We know how hard it is to go from Congress to the Presidency, because anyone who has been there any length of time will have any number of votes that make them look bad later on. The Byzantine legislative process is hard to explain years later in a sound bite.

Now we have the antidote.

Governors, while they are free of the muddle of being a lawmaker, can always have this kind of thing dug up. You might pardon or commute 1000 sentences of innocent people, but it only takes one Willie Horton.

And people wonder why Alberto Gonzales made sure Dubya never saved anybody from death row. Why risk your political career for scum? It isn't worth it.

So Huckabee looks bad and our nation ends up with that much less justice.

Posted by elenchos | December 5, 2007 12:47 PM

The article at Huff goes on to say that the people pressuring Huckabee to release this piece of shit claimed that he was railroaded because his original rape victim was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton. NY Post columnist Steve Dunleavy, who tried to make this a cause célèbre, even went so far as to say no rape had happened. So it's clear that these jackoffs were motivated by a good old "Get Clinton" desire to smear and embarrass the President, and couldn't care less about the menace he posed.

Posted by Matt from Denver | December 5, 2007 12:47 PM

Too bad that no one outside of a handful of wonks who read the news will give a shit.

Posted by Original Andrew | December 5, 2007 12:53 PM

I think Mitt Romney might feel like it's payback time.

Posted by left coast | December 5, 2007 1:01 PM

The first skeleton in Huckabee's closet to come tumbling out, was probably the carcass from a 12piece bucket from KFC...

Posted by michael strangeways | December 5, 2007 1:01 PM

Judging from the debates, the biggest liability for Huckabee is that he didn't order Dumond to be waterboarded.

Posted by Gitai | December 5, 2007 1:52 PM

Its a disgrace. Lets the guy go and then he kills women in Missouri after. What a tard. Another religious nut that can't think straight.

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