Huck's Wife Defends Jaunt to Vegas for Fight, Hooters

Janet Huckabee long planned to root for boxing fellow Arkansan; hotel plans changed
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 1:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Janet Huckabee put on her least social conservative-friendly face last weekend, going to Las Vegas for a middleweight prizefight—and staying at the Hooters Casino Hotel. The spouse of GOP candidate Mike has fine excuses—boxer Jermain Taylor is an Arkansas favorite; the risqué lodging was an eleventh-hour booking—but the San Francisco Chronicle wonders if the wild weekend might shock her husband’s evangelical base.

Janet said she needed respite from her “grueling schedule” and called the attention “ridiculous.” One Republican strategist said of the Sin City stay and of Mike’s recent trip to the Cayman Islands, “This is not a couple serious about leading the nation.” But in a primary season that’s seen caucuses at casinos, maybe Janet was digging up support at the slots.