January 17th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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Huckabee hit by more mysterious fliers in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - For at least the fourth time in recent weeks, mysterious fliers accusing Mike Huckabee of being too liberal for Republican primary voters have appeared in South Carolina.

This time, they were left on nearly one hundred car windshields outside of Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville on Wednesday night.

"Don't be fooled by that smooth voice!" says the flier.

Under the banner, "Mike Huckabee – a 'True' Conservative?" the printout hammers Huckabee on immigration and taxes, and accuses the former Arkansas governor of "lying" about his role in the Wayne Dumond parole controversy.

It quotes a 2005 Arkansas News article that paraphrased Huckabee as saying, "Arkansas needs to make the transition from a traditional Southern state to one that recognizes and cherishes diversity and culture."

"Is something wrong with our Southern Christian culture?" the leaflet asks. [Read it here.]

The fliers are simple 8×10 printouts with bullet points attacking Huckabee's record, with particular focus on the Dumond case.

They are attributed to an outfit called "Lynchburg Christian Students for the Truth." CNN has been unable to verify the existence of the group. The fliers provide an e-mail address that offers to provide "court records on the Dumond trial."

CNN reached out to that email address in December and received several responses under the name "Francis Marion."

(Francis Marion, a.k.a. the "Swamp Fox," was the legendary general who led the South Carolina militia during the American Revolution.)

"I do not know what the results will be in SC," Marion wrote in one email, "but I have done my best to educate voters that Huckabee is a fraud."

The flier also urges "those who want to learn more" to contact activist Betsy Hagan of the Arkansas Eagle Forum and includes her phone number. Hagan opposes Huckabee's presidential bid.

"I don't have any idea who is doing that," Hagan said, reached by phone after the fliers first popped up in December. "I'm not identified with the group. I wish they would quit using my number."

The fliers were first obtained in the parking lot outside a Huckabee rally in Greenville in early December. Huckabee staffers in South Carolina have also complained that the fliers were left on cars outside of two recent supporter house parties in Columbia and Greenville.

ABC News obtained a similar flier in December in Iowa, when it was slipped under a hotel room door in Des Moines. That printout came from a group calling itself "Iowans for Some Semblance of Christian Decency."

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Chris

    If someone is serious about their faith, how can they stick it in a box Monday through Saturday and take it out only on Sunday? If someone is serious about their faith, it seems to me, every aspect of their lives would be integrated into that faith.

    I praise Mike Huckabee for sticking to his faith, even in the most combative arena that there is, politics. He doesn't hide it, it defines who he is. That is enough for me to believe that he is genuine.

    Go Mike!

    January 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Yow

    Civil War was a long time ago. A long. long time ago. Its 2008 folks.

    January 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    If Mike Huckabee is a liberal, then who are the "real conservatives"? Jim Jones? David Koresh? Warren Jeffs? King Ferdinand of Aragon?

    January 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. charlie

    Separation of church and state apparently means nothing to the radical evangelicals.The use of these fliers is a blot on American Democracy. The eyes of the world are on us and these dirty tricks typical of Carl Rove need to stop now.

    January 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Charles in Charlotte

    I think that Mike Huckabee represents the finest candidate we have had for President since Ronald Reagan. The more the media and others try to discredit him, the brighter he seems to shine!!

    I support him whole-heartedly!!!

    January 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. G-Love

    Huckabee, Schmuckabee. The guy is as crooked as a river. Do your research media zombies. He does not practice what he preaches in politics. He will sell us all out if he gets in office to grease his own palms. You want a true conservative who doesn't have to announce he's Christian to get votes? You want a man who actually practices honest politics and has the record to prove it? Ron Paul is the man. Hands down. Wake up and smell the Constitution, people.

    January 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Proud Free INDEPENDANT TEXAN

    Has all the earmarks of McCain and Company. Just like what McCain tried to do to Romney and Thompson. But wait...Huckabee has done these same things to McCain..and Thompson...and Romney...gee. His flock are up for a "tit-for-tat" between McCain/Huckabee??? They much prefer it when their boy Hickabbe and McCain are TAG TEAMING that "evil Mormon" Mitt Romney"..or Fred Thompson???

    Uh, huh.

    GO FRED!!!! GO MITT!!! ROMNEY THOMPSON IN 2008!!! :) WOO HOOO!!!!

    January 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Pete

    Does it really matter if the source of fliers can't be contacted? It sounds like they are refering to facts and directing readers to find out for themselves. In any case, I wouldn't vote for a candidate who wants to change the consitution to be aligned with his religious belief.

    January 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Phil San Filippo, San Diego, Ca

    Face it people...everyone of these politicians DEMS and REPUBS alike, are all liars and would sell their mothers for the Whitehouse. America will never be the way our founding fathers envisioned it...She'll simply turn into another socialistic society where anything goes and people are free to mold it into the image of the country they originated from. She'll be missed...

    January 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. John, Dallas, Tx

    I don't support Huckabee (I think anyone who believes in a big ol' bearded guy in the sky should be declared clinically insane), but I really don't see what's wrong with an interest group distributing fliers about a Presidential candidate. Isn't that just freedom of speech?

    January 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. George

    Sure, it does sound like they are referring to facts (???). I always take at face value random documents on standard 8×11 paper that people put on my windshields in parking lots. Sounds very credible and transparent.

    January 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Kirsten, F'burg, Virginia

    I find it quite interesting to see how many people have brought up separation of church and state with Huckabee. Please for the love of everything godd, PLEASE READ THE CONSTITUTION!!!! Nowhere does it say anything about separation of church and state. It has never been made into law and really has nothing to do with keeping the Church out of the State. In fact, its the other way around. Thomas Jefferson brought it up in a letter to Mass. Christians in which he promised that the State would not interfere with their religion. It was meant to kepp the State from regulating a religion, not how ya'll think it is meant to be.

    January 17, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Frankie, Hog Wallow, South Carolina

    "Is something wrong with our Southern Christian culture?" the leaflet asks. Well, yeah. As a born and bred Southerner, I can tell you that there is something wrong with the narrow minded, sanctimonious, self righteous, judgemental, hypocritical, bigoted, and misogynistic Southern Christian culture. I love the South and most of her people are the nicest, most polite people you could ever hope to meet, on the surface at least. However, way too many of them are throwbacks to an era best forgotten, Huckabee included.

    January 17, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. George

    I've been to Hog Wallow and no one there has access to this thing they call the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T.

    January 17, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Perhaps Huckabee would like to be treated in South Carolina the way McCain was in 2000?!

    And by fellow Republicans to boot!!!

    January 17, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. mr.fair tax

    GO HUCK FROM KATRINA COUNTRY (LA.)
    FAIR TAX BABY!!!!!

    January 17, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Val Davydov, MA

    Sarah,

    Regarding one of your absurd statement you made: "Romney made an executive decision to re-define marriage allowing for homosexual marriage in MA." Are you out of your mind? Do you even know what you are talking about? And have you been living under the rock for the past year?

    Gov. Romney fought every inch of the way to have marriage question placed on the ballot of 2008 so that the citizens of MA could have their final say on a definition of marriage. Well guess what? the Marriage Amendment was defeated in June of last year (Romney was no longer a Governor of the state at that time) at the Constitutional Convention of our state legislature. The final tally was forty-five in favor of letting the people vote; one-hundred and fifty-one against. Twelve legislators who had pledged their support caved in to the unprecedented pressure by Governor Deval Patrick, the Senate President and House Speaker all who opposed your right to vote on marriage.

    You know, it's always good to check the facts before just throwing stuff up in the air. Shame on you.

    January 17, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Seth Tripp

    by an era best forgotten you mean an era where people had somewhat of a moral compass?

    January 17, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  19. southern christian democrat

    It's hard to imagine that this group has a Christian agenda. Conservative, yes. Christian, unlikely. I also wonder how many "Christian Conservatives" have actually read the New Testament. In the Bible I read, Jesus said the greatest command was to love your neighbor as you love God and yourself, and to my understanding, Jesus didn't qualify the term "neighbor" to mean only other Christians. I also think he said to care for widows and the poor. Obviously, Jesus is a little more liberal than we may think.

    January 17, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. Chris in Silicon Valley

    Maybe someone else is behind this.... someone who has a different axe to grind w/ Huckabee, and doesn't want to do it in public. Huckabee is giving working class social conservatives (i.e., southerners) the sweet taste they crave without the bitter after taste.

    The only way the GOP can ramrod through some of their big goverment domestic and foreign polices is to sandwich them in between the flag ("defense" "conservatives") and the cross (social conservatives). Huckabee is offering the latter 2 without the former, which amounts to them losing their vehicle. They are more willing to lose the election if that means staying in control of the party.

    But, when you think about it, that means a lot of powerful interests probably want Huck out of this race.

    Huck may have some bad calls in his past, but no one can genuinely argue he is not a social conservative (i.e., southern denominational "Christian"). Karl Rove used to say that others attack their enemies' weaknesses, he attacks their strengths. Someone may have taken a lesson from that playbook & applied it here.

    January 18, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  21. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... and the Constitution is meant to keep a religion from meddling in a state!

    To sum Mike up, he's going to change th constitution to include his God and encourage women to submit graciously to their husbands... while their sons' torture dogs and Mike pardons rapists and murderers to "go and sin no more." But he is sorry when his parolees murder someone else:

    His two main issues in SC are the Confederate Flag (and where to put the pole) and gay marriage that includes animals.

    Foreign policy? Looming recession and economic issues? Global warming?
    Real issues for real people?

    I have reservations about many of the candidates but for the love of God and our Country – not Mike for President!

    January 18, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  22. Carrie Wigal

    Mike said, "...what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards,“ referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

    Mike Huckabee refers to “God”…you know the same individual that is referred to in our very own declaration of independence written by our forefathers as “Creator”. Why is everyone freaking out over this?

    “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

    Mike Huckabee is referring to the Creator, who is God. Why is this such a point of contention? He wants to amend the Constitution to recognize that this inalienable right to life includes unborn babies because clearly life begins at conception.

    I don’t mean to point out the obvious here, but God, who is considered the Creator here, wrote the Ten Commandments. This is not merely a Christian belief, but all Jews also believe this to be true. The Ten Commandments include one that states: “You shall not murder.” Abortion is murder.

    The Ten Commandments also includes “You shall not commit adultery.” Adultery refers to marriage and marriage is between one man and one woman. For whatever reason people want to redefine “marriage” as something else, but the Creator says in Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Again, this is not merely a Christian belief…All those who believe in God, believe this to be true. The founders of our country believed this. Marriage refers to one man and one woman…so what is the big deal about amending the constitution to clarify this distinction?

    If people have a problem with the United States Declaration of Independence and it’s inclusion of God/Creator, then why don’t they cling to some other country instead of trying to change this one. Like it or not, this country was founded upon a faith in God (not necessarily Jesus, but God)…and not just any God, but the God of the Old Testament. Americans who believe in God need to rise up to defend this country!

    January 18, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. Elijah

    The constitution was written by people that fear the same God that Huckabee does, but it is actually the left wing nuts that keep trying to change the constitution. I have no doubt that the leafletts are another dirty political attack. The thing that made this country great is the God that it was founded upon and any attempt to move away from Him is to take away from this countries greatness.

    January 18, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. AA

    Fred Thompson has probably something to do with this.

    January 18, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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