One Who Just Won't Love Huck
National media ignoring hokey hopeful's dirty past, says old nemesis
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 7:38 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, talks to students at the Concord High School in Concord, N.H. Friday Oct. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GOP longshot Mike Huckabee has a national rep for being funny and lovable, but one newspaper editor’s got a bone to pick. The Huckabee that governed Arkansas opposed the arts and evolution, pillaged government coffers, and destroyed all hard drives when he left office, writes Max Brantley in Salon. He was five times sanctioned by the Ethics Commission—and dodged nine complaints.

Huckabee used campaign and state funds on a babysitter, doghouse, and Taco Bell, and his favors to donors revealed a “dismissive attitude toward ethics, campaign finance rules, and propriety in general.” Vendetta notwithstanding—Huckabee has compared Brantley to Jeffrey Dahmer—the liberal writer wants to dispel Huck's cuddly image, and quotes a conservative on his “long history of imbroglios.”