December 5th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee faces scrutiny for involvement in rapist parole

Newly published letters are raising questions about how much then-Gov. Huckabee knew about a rapist's history.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As he surges in polls, Mike Huckabee is facing renewed scrutiny over his role in the parole of a convicted rapist who raped and killed a woman after his release.

The murdered woman's mother, Lois Davidson, said she will "absolutely campaign against" Huckabee, and said she decided to come forward when he started doing well in the polls.

"It's because he is a serious contender," Davidson said. "I didn't think he had a chance, but now he's right up there in Iowa."

Huckabee, during his first term as Arkansas governor, expressed support for the parole of Wayne DuMond in a letter to him.

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- CNN’s Dana Bash and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

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  1. Tired of the Liberal Spinsters, CT

    Whoever thinks this is the end for Mike, think again, If you knew what the American people ignored when they voted Bill Clinton into office, you wouldn't think twice about this. Is this all the Huckabee haters can contrive against Mike? Yeah, I'm sure you'll did deeper to see if you can twist some other facts into a lie. Folks ought to read the whole story and find out who's really at the base of the decision.

    December 5, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Liberal Chic

    This DuMond story is very complicated and easily manipulated for use in smear campaigns.

    It's tragic on multiple levels, not the least of which is Wayne DuMond himself. There is now DNA evidence that he did not commit the crime (though he did commit other heinous crimes) yet was brutalized (with testicle castration) because of corrupt political machinations in Arkansas.

    DuMond was first damaged during the Vietnam war. When people are exposed to violence, they become inured to it and sometimes go on to commit it themselves. We also don't want to support prisoners on taxpayers' dime for the rest of their lives. As long as they cannot perform real labor in prison, they need to get out and start making a living. We need to ensure that prisoners are kept safe from one another and not further corrupted in the system.

    Let's try not to get vengeance crazy and jump to conclusion that all criminals need to be lockecd up forever.

    December 5, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Romney2008

    Playing dumb and ignorant doesn't combine well with being liberal. At least take some responsiblity Huckabee.

    His downward spiral should be fun to watch.

    December 5, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Joel Joslin - Raleigh, NC

    I'm not really a Huckabee fan, but the picture of him on the political front page is ridiculous. It's so dark and forboding, makes him look downright evil.

    December 6, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. Alexander, Washington, DC USA

    I am sure this will go over well with Christian Conservatives... Letting a repeated rapist walk and commit rape and murder again, after countless pleas to keep that monster in prison.

    Huckabee is going to go down because of this! I can't wait to see his polls drop like a rock in Iowa!

    December 6, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    I'm sure that if we as a nation are caught in the throws of an economic tailspin, due to our shakey dollar and faltering housing loans, etc, Huckabee will come through with intellegent skill. I'm just positive he will organize a group of his buddies from his alma mater to tackle difficult and complex domestic and foreign policy issues. After all, he got a Bible studies degree from Ouachita Baptist University. That would be a much better foundation for success in the White House future than Mitt Romney's 2 degrees in both business AND law, of which he recieved top honors at both Harvard University and BYU. Congratulations Iowa voters in your intellegent decisions! I'm sure the recently laid-off employees of Maytag, etc. will be thrilled to pay for the college education of the children of illegal immigrants. The Clinton camp is laughing hysterically.

    December 6, 2007 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  7. Robbie, Bellevue, Washington

    Yes...Huckabee, a great leader with great decision making skills. America needs an honest compassionate man like this in the White House. The pattern in his record is crystal clear. Impeccable!

    Lets see, we have Wayne Dumond – thumbs up...great decision!

    How about Glen Green? Another good one Mike.

    "Why parole a monster like Green?"

    Wow, a new record....that was something to be proud of...

    "Governor sets record for clemencies"

    Who should we believe the prosecutors or you Mike?

    "Huckabee, prosecutors go on offensive
    ___They trade jabs over sentencing, pardoning of killers, other thugs"

    Well, I say you...I mean you are a baptist minister so surely you are an honest man.........oh, whoops...

    "Huckabee's Fiscal Record"

    "# Huckabee claimed he would “abolish the IRS.” He failed to mention that he’d replace it with another big tax bureaucracy.
    # Huckabee said he had proposed to make children of illegal aliens eligible for Arkansas scholarships if they "had been in our schools their entire school life.” Actually, the proposal required only three years in Arkansas schools."

    Go figure...must have just been some "honest mistakes"...I mean, shucks, we all make em.

    Go gettem Mike! You da Man!

    Huckabee in 08!! The best candidate for all Rapists and Murderers. Forgive them Mike, they not know what they did....I suppose Barabas was a better choice to be let go as well, eh?

    Dems must be loving seeing you surging in the'll be a cake walk for them if you win the nomination.

    WAKE UP CONSERVATIVES! QUIT BEING A BUNCH OF SHEEP AND DO SOME this the type of Conservative we want representing our party? That's not even getting into the fiscal aspect of Mr. Huckabee's about his immigration record...?

    Poster *shakes head*....unbelievable.

    December 9, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Huckabee, worse than Bush

    For those who think this is a fabricated story, made up to undermine a need to take off the rose-colored-glasses. Huckabee has admitted to doing this, but rather than taking responsibility, he placed the blame on someone who had nothing to do with the situation. This is a very sick person who has no business in the white house. He freed countless numbers of rapists, murderers and various other criminals during his time in office...way to go Huckabee. Thanks for making the world a brighter, safer place in which to live.

    Here are a few quotes, word for word, from the mouth of Huckabee while in Iowa....
    "If you think I am dangerous with a gun, wait till you see me with a knife"
    "The election process is much like hunting, if you wait long enough, you'll get your kill"
    "Vote with me, you live, vote against me, you die"

    These are not acceptable things to say when running for office. He is not an acceptable person for this run.

    January 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. High on Cocaine

    Birds of a feather flock together. He has shown disregard for the legal system. Huckabee is right, Twelve jurors are wrong.

    January 9, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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