Huckabee Foes Put Spotlight on Ethics

As he surges ahead in polls, opponents uncover past problems
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 4:14 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays a bass guitar with the band during a rally at the Mars Hill Academy Christian School Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, in Mason, Ohio. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – As former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee moves to the front of the Republican field, rivals have been digging up ethics complaints from his time in office, reports Politico. Critics of Huckabee, who now trails only Mitt Romney in Iowa, have uncovered a host of  complaints against him involving his management of campaign cash and destruction of computer files before leaving office, among other issues .

Huckabee was chastised by the state ethics commission a number of times and fined in his decade as governor. The charismatic former preacher called the complaints "pure nonsense" and says the mud being flung at him will make him a stronger candidate. "It proves I'm prepared for a presidential campaign," he told reporters. "I've been through this stuff."