December 2nd, 2009
02:32 PM ET
3 months ago

HuckPAC coordinator steps down, citing clemency decision

Huckabee granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons in 2000, when he served as governor of Arkansas.
Huckabee granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons in 2000, when he served as governor of Arkansas.

(CNN) – The Arkansas coordinator for Mike Huckabee's political action committee resigned Tuesday, citing the former Arkansas governor's decision nine years ago to grant clemency to Maurice Clemmons, the man suspected of murdering four police officers in Washington state.

Jason Tolbert, who runs a conservative blog, served as Arkansas state coordinator for HuckPAC in a volunteer capacity.

"My departure was with a heavy heart but was done after serious prayer and consideration," Tolbert wrote on his Web site. "Some have asked about the timing. As most could imagine, the recent news of the last two days along with the response did play a role in this decision but was not the sole factor."

Huckabee said Tuesday he takes "full responsibility" for the clemency decision.

"I acted on the facts presented to me in 2000, the former GOP presidential hopeful said in a statement. "If I could have possibly known what Clemmons would do nine years later, I obviously would have made a different decision. But if the same file was presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision."


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  1. Gary in Oklahoma

    47 years is not much of a commutation.

    December 2, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Brad

    Being from Arkansas, I have many reasons to dislike Mike Huckabee. This is not the first time that his judgment has come into question because of serious consequences resulting form that judgment.

    December 2, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. smokey_Joe

    Huck's a dead duck in the 2012 presidential race.

    December 2, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. tony

    There are some stupid people in this country. The person responsible is the one who pulled the trigger.......Our legal system lets people off every day that eventually commit other crimes yet we don't single each of those people out and blame them. Since I am speaking mostly to democrats who follow CNN, stop blaming other people when things go wrong, start blaming the person who was the problem......I am sure this is difficult since GW is not in office anymore.

    December 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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