January 10th, 2008
06:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Independent group funds anti-Huckabee ad

Huckabee has faced criticism for his handling of the Dumond case.

Huckabee has faced criticism for his handling of the Dumond case.


COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) -
Many South Carolinians watching Thursday night’s GOP debate also saw a television ad blasting former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for allowing a convicted rapist to be released on his watch.

The ad features Lois Davidson, whose daughter Carol Sue Shields was raped and murdered by Wayne DuMond, after he was released from an Arkansas prison.

"If not for Mike Huckabee, Wayne DuMond would have been in prison and Carol Sue would be with us," Davidson says in the 30-second spot.

The ad was made by a 29-year-old Arkansas Republican, Keith Emis, who tells CNN he saw Davidson on the news last month and contacted her about making an ad.

When she agreed, Emis says he drove from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to her Missouri home to film her.

Initially, Emis posted the ad on an anti-Huckabee internet site he started, called “Huckabeefacts.com.” Two weeks ago, he started a called group called “Victims Voices,” a so-called 527 that allows him to raise unlimited money without disclosing donors.

Emis said that he was able to generate enough donations to purchase television time during Thursday night’s South Carolina debate, a decision he made just three days ago.

Emis will not say how much money he has raised, or how much he spent on the ad, only that he purchased time from several local cable stations carrying the Fox debate.

The controversial DuMond case has dogged Huckabee for years. DuMond was a convicted rapist released from prison a few months after Huckabee became governor in 1996.

Huckabee says it was the parole board’s decision, not his, though he had publicly advocated his release.

After DuMond was released, he raped and murdered Shields.

Her mother first spoke out against Huckabee last month, when the former governor began to surge in the polls. She vowed then to do anything she could to stop him from becoming president.

Emis says he worked on Tim Hutchinson’s failed Senate re-election campaign in 2002.
Hutchinson supports and campaigns for Huckabee.

–CNN's Dana Bash


Filed under: Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Huckabee is in over his head.
    He knows he can't handle the job, he's staying in to derail Romney.
    Huck wants McCain, who's too old to win and possibly pick Mike for VP.
    We don't need a comedian Pastor in our Top Government.
    This guy is the biggest hypocrite I've seen on the Rep side. He's divisive and sneaky (ad scene?).
    Not a good representation of a true Christian and I don't claim to be one either.

    January 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Hey Alice Newman Center Harbor NH, Fact Check for you, Huckabee did not pardon DuMond. Do a little research before you post. The Arkansas parole board voted to parole DuMond. Huckabee, by law, had no voice in the parole board's decision. If anyone is to be blamed for DuMond's release it is the Arkansas parole board. They released DuMond. Huckabee did not.

    Guy Tucker, a democrat, commuted DuMond's sentence to 39 years. This made DuMond eligible for parole.

    Two of the six member parole board remembers things very differently ... AFTER ... DuMond committed the murder. Why? Because THEY let DuMond out of jail. Do you think the parole board was going to say, "sorry guys. We really screwed the pooch on that one?" The first course of action is to blame someone else.

    Ed Ellenville from New York if the democrats are so intelligent why have the two most experienced and qualified candidates, Biden and Richardson, left? It's because the "intelligent" democrats decided to vote for a candidate with no experience and a candidate who has no other qualifications than she is a woman. I hear over and over, "it's time we had a woman in office" regardless of the facts she can't give a straight answer to any question, economists across the board say her mandated health care system will cost tax payers more than they pay for health care today, she has been bought and paid for by big business, and she pulls shifty schemes like getting on the Michigan ballot in the hopes their delegates will get to vote at the convention. That may be your definition of the word intelligent. It is my definition of the word sheeple. Voting for Hillary for no other reason than she is a woman is not intelligent. It's ignorant.

    January 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Bud

    He is also changes his position on the trade embargo with Cuba. As a governor he was all for free trade now that he is trying to win Florida he is totally anti-trade. He lied about having a theology degree and had many ethical violations including destroying govenrment owned hard drives. This guy is in no way qualified to be president.

    January 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Julie, Greer SC

    Well for those of you that think Mitt Romney is behind this add, won't argue that Mike Huckabee sent out the fake Christmas cards with Mitt's name on them. Or that Mikey is the one behind the anti-Mormom crap thats been sent to my house. Or that for the last, I don't know, thirty years or so, is behind all the Evangilistic anti-Mormon movies that have been distributed to Mormons. (you can watch the cheesy animation on youtube). Come on. This womans daughter was killed. She's been fighting against Huckabee's campaign since it started. I don't see how this has anything to do with Mitt Romney or the Mormon church. Just like I don't think Huckabee is behind the Christmas cards.

    McCain '08!

    January 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Patty in Atlanta be very cautious of your own words. We are all sinners, including YOU! Do you think you are in a position to be judgemental of others because you call yourself a Christian? You will be judged for your sins when your day comes just like the rest of us and you might find yourself standing at the gates of hell for your intolerance.

    January 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. GS

    Hillary and Willie--God help us.

    McCain--WWIII, IV and V

    Barack Hussein Obama--whew

    Rudy G.---oh please.

    Mike Huckabee-The right choice for President.

    Mitt--stop fooling yourself and trying to fool Americans. I live in MA. Don't make the mistake Ma. did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Attacks by the Establishment

    Jonathan T January 11, 2008 10:18 am ET

    I watched the debate on Fox News last night. Confronted with nonsense about his a fringe base of his supporters, Congressman Paul was able to deflect the attack and discuss his true conservative principles. When asked if he has credibility with the voters, when Fox had the audacity to say that he had none, the congressman pointed to his record. It is a record of never voting for a tax increase and being one of the few elected officials that believes in following the Constitution. A record of voting against the economic drain that is the war in Iraq. This man pointed to use of the Federal Reserve rate cuts as a factor in the creation of a recession even when conventional wisdom and financial insiders faun over each rate cut decision that only creates future recessive conditions. This man points to our involvement throughout the world as being regressive and harming both the future of our security and our economy. Every other candidate seemed ready to pounce on Iran. Dr. Paul is the only man with reason regarding how to deal with Iran, Israel and the Middle East. He wants to establish trade and not dictatorships. He does not wish to fund the nation of Pakistan that has seen violations of civil liberties. He does not wish to fund the nations and factions of the region that will ultimately become our enemies. Did anyone else notice Senator McCain’s ridiculous comment of trading with Al Qaeda? Do we truly believe that the people of a region aside from a small percentage are terrorists? The senator has no credibility with utterances of that nature. The congressman is the only one on either stage to speak out against the robbing of our social security fund. The congressman is the only candidate speaking of the repeal of our liberties, not granted to us by the government but granted to us by life. I will continue to support Dr. Paul in his campaign for president, even with the media coverage and its attempt to marginalize his message. His message must really be resonating to treat him so callously.

    This comment posted by someone other than myself ring true as far as all Paul supporters are concerned. He seems to be the only one to use common sense which is not a normal trait of establishment politicians. The only thing the media and the other candidates can do when he answers in such precise terms direct questions (not trick questions) is laugh or make a joke but as someone said the other day ,"This is not a joking matter".

    January 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Bud

    Gs typical Huckabee supporter cannot provide facts but makes a sublte racist religious dig at Obama who is more of a Christian than Mr Hypocrite Huckabee. I am a strong republican but would gladly vote for Obama over Huckabee.

    January 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Steve Blaine Washington

    Huckabee fans who live outside the South should take a tour of the South especial the deep South and see the difference between how the Black people are treated by the White People especially the white people who call themselves Republicans who vote Republican in Federal elections and Democratic in State elections.
    Can Black Baptists attend white Baptist Churchs. Not when I lived there 10 to 15 years ago but go see for yourself. Do White Children attend public schools with Black Children or play sports together. They did not when I lived there 10 to 15 years ago but go see for your self.
    Very few black people go to colleges in the South but they have to head North to find jobs just like the White graduates because the Yankee businesses bring in their own groups for management and hire Southerners for just low wage jobs like MCDonalds and other low paying jobs.
    While I was there the local Sheriffs still ran the local politics except in the big cities
    just like they did in the KKK days. Is the South still a racist society? Go see for your self and I will bet your answer is yes. I sure would like to see Mike Huckabee's answers to any of these questions.

    January 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Huckabee is exactly opposite from the type man, personal character, and integrity of the leader that the U.S. must elect as President. Christian Evangelical Fundmentalism is as dangerous as Radical Islamic Fundamentalism in regards to the Rights of Women. We don't need a man whose wife 'signed the absurd Southern Baptist Convention pledge.' We don't need Huckabee, nor his wife as First Lady. We also don't need an 'Entertainer' who constantly believes that he's so funny and must entertain, or has 'glibb and smart remarks' every time he opens his mouth. Huckabee is just NOT Presidential material. There are too many other choices for the GOP who are great, dignified, highly intelligent men, with more to offer in terms of better education, background, and experience than Huckabee. Huckabee has little to offer in experience or leadership. Preaching to a ' tent revival' is neither 'experience' nor can it be compared to giving a 'State of the Union' speech before the Congress and the World, representing the very BEST Leader that this country has to offer.

    January 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Jason NYC

    Patty from Atlanta: Are you the same Patty from Atlanta that posted that Romney practiced witchcraft in order to effect Huckabee's sons car crash?

    January 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Stephen

    Obviously Governor Huckabee wasn't directly responsible for what Mr. Dumond chose to do of his own free will once he was released from prison. As the Governor has said many times, it was the decision of the state's Parole Board to release Mr. Dumond–NOT Governor Huckabee. The only thing the Governor of a state can do is grant a pardon, which Huckabee did not do.

    I don't know that this is going to impact the race in SC too much–I've spoken with dozens of people who have already voted for Governor Huckabee as absentees, in fact I did that as well and I couldn't be happier with my choice.

    January 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. David, Oregon City

    Can John McCain pull conservatives together with his prior liberal voting record? Not a chance!

    Can Fred Thompson pull conservatives together with his prior record absent of designing and improving programs and systems that improved the every day lives of all Americans? No way!

    Can Mitt Romney buy the White House? Maybe!

    Avoid the elite media’s “Rush”, study Mike Huckabee’s real record, and support “Huck” early!

    January 11, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Dave

    I feel sorry for our country. After reading many of these postings, it is obvious that many people enjoy fighting and hating. Politicians who talk about healing our country and bringing people together are hopelessly overmatched by an electorate who, according to much of what I read here, would rather NOT get along. With so much bitterness, I am feeling even more hopeless. What will it take for people to focus on solutions to problems instead of attacking opponents and dishing out insults and accusations?? Why do so many people enjoy being so nasty?? In order for our country to move forward, people are going to have to be willing to give up some of their selfishness. There is no candidate on earth who will ever please us all. If we wait for all or nothing, we will continue to deteriorate as a country and we'll get nothing accomplished. All of the candidates out there have made mistakes as have all of us. That's life!! Let's focus on solutions and working together! I want a candidate who will change his/her mind once in a while and say, "I've learned something and there may be a better way!" Is there any hope out there??? Does the electorate want elected officials to work together or just protect turf. Do we as citizens want to get along with each other?? I'm really starting to wonder!

    January 11, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    I want a candidate who will change his/her mind once in a while and say, "I've learned something and there may be a better way!" Is there any hope out there??? Does the electorate want elected officials to work together or just protect turf. Do we as citizens want to get along with each other?? I'm really starting to wonder!
    -------------------------------
    Barack Obama might be your man. He told the world that he took drugs as a teenager, he was wrong, and he learned from it. He volunteered that information in his book, it wasn't some sleazy expose.

    Barack has been on TV shows where he was asked to comment on Bush. Rather than take the easy shots, he refused and instead stressed that we need to bring our nation back together.

    We are still a long way from selecting our presidential candidates and there is still plenty of time for dirt to be dug up so things could change. For now, consider the candidate that apparently has put a greater emphasis on unity than the others.

    No doubt others will bash these comments, but the specific cases described actually happened.

    January 12, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Billy

    I am so sad that it comes to this. That someone is trying their level best to push down a down to earth man like Huckabee. I have seen plenty a man that tries to get into office and then flip-flop. Huckabee is not this kind of man. He is I believe is almost like Reagan he will cut taxes then will abolish the IRS as we know it today. Save the jobs from going to overseas. Help our fuel system and stop depending on the middle east for their oil. Now I think that Mitt has a hand on this video cause he knows that possibly Mike can take this President from him. Cause he has yet to win a good well known state most of the polls are taking MIke ahead.

    I also know that Mitt is working in the background cause he has stock in clear channel in which owns stations that carry Rush Limbaugh, Saun Hannity and others. And I do believe that he has influence on Fox News I have always like Fox however by the past several weeks I have seen Fox being biased towards Huckabee they are worst then CNN and that is saying something.

    I have seen many Elections but nothing like this to come under attack for a man like this I guess the Devil and his angels is really pulling all stops to trying to not let this man become our President. Everytime I hear him speak I get pumped up. I guess Mitt and others is trying their level best to stop Huckabee. Well we all are praying for MIke Huckabee to do well. Go Mike!!!

    January 12, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  17. Paul Thompson

    What about the Clinton's pardons...those were for money...weren't they?

    I believe that Huckabee has said that a mistake was made...that he would turn back the clock if he could and that he is extremely sorry that this family suffered.

    January 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. William in San Antonio

    There are three important issues in this election and I have voted republican in the past:

    1) health care – republicans lack in this area as they are all taking money from the lobbyists....we do need a national health plan...it is not about the cost but the fact that private insurers can are allowed to decide who they insure due to preexisting conditions and limits of coverage....

    2) taxes- Huckaby is correct with the fair tax....the national sales tax will save us all money and could pay for the health care in itself if enacted..the politicians do not want it as they cannot control our behavior with a national sales tax...

    3) Iraq- we need to get out...it is going to bankrupt us...look at our current dollar situation and cost of fuel...bush did screw us

    If you vote for romney or mccain you will get the same as bush another 4 years.

    I will only vote for huckaby at this point as I was for edwards till yesterday but never got the chance to vote for him as he did not make it to texas.

    January 31, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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