January 10th, 2008
06:17 PM ET
6 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. Caroline, San Francisco

    Thank god. You republican idiots need to know more about who you're voting for, don't you do any research? I'm glad they made an ad exposing him, he's clearly not fit to be president.

    Do your research, America. Don't just watch television and chuckle about some politician you know nothing about, deciding you'll vote for him because he's "funny." If you look into his background, you'll quickly find he is not exactly the "funny, realisitc" man you see him as.

    January 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Dale E

    Flipper Romney and his band of Merry Mormons are up to their "sacred" not "secret" negative adds. Blaming Huckabee for the acts of a murderer are like blaming guns for killing people. Oh yeah, Mitt is pro gun control too!

    January 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Huckabee is a hypocrite, a comedian-wanna-be who is making a laughing stock out of the Republican race for the White House. Colbert for VP? r u kidding? No, he's probably not. He's been serving up a new flavor of Kook-aid and people are gulping it down!

    Like Bill Clinton, Mike tries to gain votes with a jam session on a musical instrument. I say 'go back to your church and play with your worship band'!

    Huck is a tax increaser. He'll deny it with lies and excuses till he's blue in the face.

    He is a criminal sympathizer which makes me wonder if he'd just forgive Osama bin Laden, and the Pres. of Iran, etc.

    He is a backstabber, as he used the press to release a negative ad that he said he wasn't really going to release (it was 'beneath' him), but he knew full well the ad would get played AND, it wasn't beneath him to MAKE IT!

    Huckabee has personally attacked Mitt Romney time and time again in his oh-so-subtle way while Mitt Romney has never once attacked Huckabee as a person, just his record or unkind comments (kick him or knock his teeth out, etc.).

    Dear America,
    This is not Mike Huckabee's church. If you think it is, think about the other pastors across this country that have gravely disappointed you when he falls from his pedestal. Be aware, follow your faith, not just a man who proclaims to be THE only God-fearing man that you should vote for President of the USA.

    In other words, use your head and some discernment for a change!

    January 10, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Three new polls today from Michigan and from South Carolina all have McCain up - with some big leads. Roundup of all the polls is available here.

    January 10, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Amanda

    sad but true

    When criminals are sent to prison it is almost always for a reason, juries and judges convict them and governors should not set them free to settle political scores, or ever. That is what the courts are for!!

    January 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. jordyn 15

    i love mikke huckkkkkabeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. MW

    One guy makes a video and that makes it news?

    January 10, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Alexander

    Mike Huckabee could have had some backbone and prevented Wayne DuMond's release.

    The families of the victims repeatedly asked him to do something about it, but he never did. Instead told the parole board DuMond got a "raw deal"...

    That shows what kind of person Mike Huckabee really is.

    January 10, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. lje



    January 10, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Mario

    Hickupbee will deny anything he is guilty of like any politician will, he lies, he is a Gomer Pyle lookalike and though he can't sing, he talks a show, but says nothing. He is a lib dressed in conservative wolf's clothes. The repubs don't want him, but he is just making a menace of himself.

    He has got to go and now!

    Go Mitt!!

    January 10, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. AJ, IC, IA

    It is about time that somebody stood up against this gopher. Mitt Romney can't be the only voice of reason.


    January 11, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  12. stephanie

    Has anybody looked at how much education Huckabee has??? Your in for a Big or actually small suprise. He spent 2 1/2 years on a Religion degree.. Thats all folks!!!
    Also John McCain's wife in the 90s had a drug addiction and stole from a charity....
    Did you know Huckabee's wife's maiden name is MCCAIN!!!

    And although they met at a religious college for religious degrees the Huckabee's didn't get married in a church.
    I just read this stuff on wikipedia.com Read their biographies.

    January 11, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. AJ, IC, IA

    This man is bad news!!! A democrat in Republican clothing!! Is anyone else concerned with the control this guy has over "Christian" congregations?

    January 11, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. robert, pasadena, ca

    Huckabee is a dangerous person when he's put in a leadership position. His judgements have consistantly shown him to be a lazy, weak minded idealist. He is a danger to those he leads and to everyone else in the world if he gets elected.

    January 11, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. stephanie

    Has anybody looked at how much education Huckabee has??? Your in for a Big or actually small suprise. He spent 2 1/2 years on a Religion degree.. Thats all folks!!!
    Also John McCains wife in the 90s had a drug addiction and stole from a charity....
    Did you know Huckabee's wife's maiden name is MCCAIN!!!

    And although they met at a religious college for religious degrees the Huckabee's didn't get married in a church.
    I just read this stuff on wikipedia.com Read their biographies.

    January 11, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. Mcain - Secret

    What is McCain going to GUT for his WAR MACHINE?????

    January 11, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. Desert Viking

    Robert, you sound like an extremist, and sound like a dangerous man to give a vote to. Yet you are allowed to vote. Isn't america great in that you can do things like run for office and vote, even though lunatics rant and rave against it?

    Stephanie, he got his degree in 2 1/2 years because he worked overtime to get it because he didn't think he could afford not to work for four years. Sorry, maybe not all of us have as much money as you and can't afford to take four years off of being unemployed. Could you have finished your degree, if you have a degree, in 2 1/2 years? I would have had a hard time getting it done, and I am a smart guy. John McCain's wife is the heir to a huge fortune, and was a drug addict. So what? She made restitution and she is not running for president. She tries to be a good citizen and volunteers for many things. I am sure she would apologize to you personally if you asked...sheesh.

    January 11, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. Adam, Virginia

    I could not think of a candidate less in line with my political views than Mike Huckabee.

    However, the kind of nasty, emotion-over-facts, false-outrage attacks being slung at him (by fellow Republicans, no less) must be condemned, regardless.

    I sincerely sympathize with the tragic loss of Ms. Davidson, but for Keith Enis, who was looking for a way to attack Huckabee before he met Ms. Davidson, to exploit this issue for purely political motives is not only an affront to the integrity of the political process but also a case of stunning and opportunistic advantage-taking of a mother overcome by grief.

    These anonymous 527 political groups must go. If one is passionate enough about exercising his or her free-speech rights to fund one of these charged political ads, that donor ought to be proud to claim credit for his or her statement. Anything less is an admission of the moral bankruptcy of his or her actions.

    As an American, I support Gov. Huckabee against such unethical political smear-tactics. As a Democrat, I say, "Let's beat him on the issues!" That's the honest way to win.

    January 11, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Live by the sword...

    January 11, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  20. john

    Huckabee talks tough about fighting terrorists abroad, but is quite
    willing to negotiate soverignty at our borders: Huckabee: "I thank
    God every day people are trying to sneak into this country." Please.

    January 11, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  21. John Noble


    Huckabee had 14 ethnical violations brought against him relating to
    finances as governor. Shortly before announcing his candidacy for the
    President of the United States, Huckabee ordered 83 computer hard drives and 4 servers be destroyed during his transition phase in leaving office. This is what a crooked CEO would do when he leaves a company. Remember Enron!

    He raised taxes 21 times and granted clemency to 1033 convicted felons, 12 murderers and numerous rapists. He can deny to the end of the earth. But his record speaks louder. Trys to improve his tough on crime image with Chuck Norris. (Give me a break! If they were selling weight lose machine it would be more convincing!)

    He has a 2 1/2 year of religious higher education and as a minister selling religion for a living with people's donation for 12 years. How can anyone believes this man can revive our economy?

    January 11, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  22. Wes

    As an evangelical conservative republican, it makes me sick to my stomach to think Huckabee has a chance at the presidency. 1033 pardons and clemencies while governor. Many of the killers and rapists Huckabee released like Dumond killed and raped again. I would vote for the Democratic candidate for the first time in my life before I would vote for MIke Huckabee.

    Judcial Watch just rated him the sixth most corrupt politician in the U.S.
    Wake up America, this guy is nothing more than a Pro-Life Liberal. I am glad that he is finally getting exposed as a fraud.

    I hope the person running this ad continues to run it all the way through the SC primary.

    January 11, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  23. Lynn Lee

    As a voter who is not in support of Mr. Huckabee’s social policies, I am very much in support of his Fair Tax and Prevention Oriented Healthcare Reform platforms. I find that people don’t seem to understand what are the big issues and tend to focus on personal beliefs as though the president can only be a good president if his/her personal beliefs are exactly the same as the voter’s. What’s important about a president is that person’s integrity, intelligence, and idealism. I agree there is a streak of idealism in Governor Huckabee, but don’t you think it is time that we had a president with some true ideals as opposed to a president with the usual cynicism? Also the ability to be humorous, to be articulate are proven measures of intelligence, it is no accident that Governor Huckabee is so articulate, particularly when coming from such an inadequate background in education as one of the commentors noted above. By the way, memorizing correct geography is not intelligence, it is just effort spent at memorizing facts, so stop harping about any mistake Governor Huckabee may have made regarding which countries border with other countries. If being perfectly correct on every factoid is important in a president, maybe we should all vote for the winner of Jeopardy. What is important is the president is someone intelligent and able to deduce the right answer even in the absence of perfect information. That takes sheer mental prowess in common sense thinking, and a conscience to do the right thing. Clearly just based on the quickness of thinking on his feet, Governor Huckabee at least is very intelligent. But what makes Huckabee such an attractive candidate in my book are 2 issues: Fair Tax and Preventive Healthcare.

    The fair tax proposal is the most innovative and promising platform for America I have seen out of any of the presidential candidates. People really underestimate the loss in productivity in dealing with the IRS today. Complexity equates cost, and as Mr. Huckabee points out, the IRS alone is costing the American people $10 billion annually, not to mention the billions of hours wasted filling in the tax forms. Additionally, removing corporate income tax will greatly stimulate foreign capital inflow into the US and create jobs. Getting rid of the IRS is going to boost the economy and morale of this country like nothing else in history.

    I also love Mr. Huckabee's idea of Prevention Oriented Healthcare. Today, as a patient, you are completely at the mercy of your doctors and health insurance companies for any kind of testing which is the best way to identify conditions early and to prevent more serious conditions from occurring. Prevention based health care involving preemptive testing for common conditions would be far cheaper than surgeries or large doses of medication when conditions get serious. However today, testing is highly inaccessible to most consumers. Every test has to be ordered through a doctor, and the doctor has to rack their brains to justify the test to the insurance companies. That's ridiculous. Testing should be completely dissociated from insurance, and be offered everywhere such as CVS, Walgreens, Longs, Walmart etc even without a prescription from doctors, as a commercial service, this way, the cost per test will go down dramatically and every American will have the best information available on their own bodies, and be able to monitor their own health conditions to greatly reduce the incidence of serious conditions which are the major reason healthcare is so expensive today. Medical information about one’s own body is so lacking today, in this state how can any American be informed and empowered to take charge of their own healthcare? After all as caring as some doctors are, ultimately it is the individual who cares and should care most about his or her own body and health condition, so medical testing should be driven by the consumer rather than the doctor and stingy healthcare insurance companies.

    Mr. Huckabee's Fair Tax and Prevention Oriented Healthcare proposals are the most sensible of any presidential candidates. If Mr. Huckabee becomes the next US president, I truly believe America will undergo the greatest growth in its history and have the best healthcare system with greatly reduced cost. So what if abortions become more difficult, just go to Canada or take RU486. At any rate if people are not ready for a child, they should take personal responsibility and use condoms or birth control pills to avoid pregnancies. So what if Mr. Huckabee does not believe in evolution, he is not saying other people can not believe in evolution, I don’t see how his views on evolution has anything to do with his capability as a president to address the most urgent and serious issues facing America. On the other hand, any of the democratic candidates surely will bring change to this country, change to seal this country’s fate as a second rate country of the 21st century.

    January 11, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  24. alan

    Anyone that comes right out and start talking about religion scares me! I don't want to live in Iran! Danger Danger!

    January 11, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  25. Lexa

    WHY would anyone in their right mind be for a "minister" who DOESN'T EVEN BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION ?????? What a moron – he wants creationism to be taught in schools – hello, separation of church and state????? Anyone who would even consider voting for him, whether it be primary or actual election, is TOO STUPID TO LIVE.

    January 11, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
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