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. Dean, Atlanta, GA

    Mr.Huckabee, I'm glad the media dug out this story. You are VERY WEAK on crime. I don't care how religious or high moral standards you have. you are responsible for that innocent woman's rape and murder. I will NEVER vote for you though I'm a Republican. YOU are a disgrace to human race.

    December 5, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Helen J,, Omaha, Nebraska

    Huckabee did not grant Dumond his release. The parole board did.

    The Governor didn't even grant the commutation that made him parole-eligible, Jim Guy Tucker did. Mike Huckabee had a chance to shorten his sentence even further, but denied it every chance he had.

    The role Governor Huckabee DID play in all of this is that he simply made the mistake of supporting his release. After all, Dumond had met or exceeded every bit of criteria that was required for him to be paroled. On paper, it was a no-brainer for the parole board.

    I think there's a huge difference between being the person who springs a future killer versus saying "I think this man got a raw deal, he should be considered for release."

    There was no pardon, no commutation, no release by Governor Huckabee. These attacks are (and have been) desperate attempts by old political rivals to take Mike Huckabee out at the knees. Unfortunately for them, the voters of Arkansas knew better and paid no attention to these disgusting tactics.

    December 5, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Of course, the age old excuse, I didn't know a lot about it. So typical. Don't release someone from prison unless you know all the details, it seems pretty simple but apparently not.

    December 5, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. MD, glenmont, oh

    Typical loser politician who can't accept responsibility for his actions....I say that every violent crimminal should spend time in the household of the person that decides it's time to let them out

    December 5, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. David, Bay Area, CA

    This issue is a lot more complicated than just "Huckabee supported the parole of a guy who went on to commit another crime." Huckabee pushed the parole board to grant him parole despite the fact that it had recently denied him parole by a 4-1 decision. Why? A close friend and fellow Baptist minister named Jay Cole had for years insisted that Wayne Dumond's imprisonment was the result of a vast conspiracy by the Clinton family, since the victim ("so called victim", according to Cole) was a distant relative of the Clintons. This is in spite of the fact that Dumond had a long and well-known history of criminal behavior.

    This is extremely important because it shows you where Huckabee's trust lies. He took the word of a fellow minister over those of the victim, of the parole board, or even of the public. He had announced earlier that he intended to commute Dumond's sentence, which resulted in a huge public outcry and a public denunciation from several members of the state house of reps. He then went behind closed doors to push for the Dumond's parole so that he could achieve his objective without having to suffer the political fallout (or so he thought) of the decision.

    If you really want the whole story search for "Wayne Dumond" on Google and read the exhaustive article from the Arkansas Times, that was written in the context of his reelection as governor.

    December 5, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. sal lincoln nebraska

    Does this story reallt matter? We have more people in prison in this country then anywhere else in the world...Where do we get this false sense of morality? I dont like this guy at all in fact i think religon is useless...About as useless as well people who really care about crap like this...Im sure if you ask huckabee about this he's going tell you that jesus didnt call in time so you cant blame him....Its strange how people are so sympathetic to the fact that its probably just faulty intellgence because thats normal why does that apply to some cases and not others?...A false sense of morality is tell tail sign of christiantiy its all about selective remorse...You know a life sentence for rape does seem about as extreme as the death penalty...All these people who want to throw people away for hundreds of years must have been reincarnated from the spanish inquisition...What happend to trying to figure out why people do the things they do...Morality has nothing to do with religon its hard wired into our brains so why do some people do the things they do? Circumstance? Product of their enviroment..Or maybe its a reflection of society as a whole...Senators getting caught pimping themselves off in bathroom stalls...Blowing up a third world nation becasue of daddy issues...Priests touching little boys, getting moved around, touching some more little boys...Id say its all of us..Looks like the new american tradition

    December 5, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    MR. AMERICA declares this day GOV HUCKABEE DAY. None of this matters folks. It's a smear tactic, but so what. Huckabee is a joke. This "True Conservative" doesn't have a chance. Mostly because America knows that "True Conservatives" are UnAmerican!

    December 5, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    david from BAY AREA

    good post im going to look that up....

    December 5, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |



    December 5, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Stephanie, Milwaukee, WI

    Although I rarely support or back up anything a Republican does or says, I think it is absurd to infer that Huckabee knew that the rapist would re-offend in such a manner. It would be hard pressed for me to believe that any semi-moral human being (yes, even a Republican!) would allow this man to be free if he believed he was capable of this. What this man did was unpredictable–and while unfortunate, Huckabee is not to blame.

    December 5, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. John Bouchard, Dodge City, Kansas

    This is a serious attempt to discredit someone. Maybe all officials should deny all parole hearings in order to ensure that none of them commit a crime again. Is that what the Huffington Post wants?

    December 5, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Ike Woodbridge VA

    None of these Republicans are electable yet they want to argue that Hillary Clinton is not electable. I just think Republicans are afraid to run against Hillary.

    December 5, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Zack Gardner, Clarksville, Tennessee

    I was looking towards Huckabee as the actual conservative candidate..but then I looked at his tax record, his destroying of public property (hard drives belonging to the government), his phony "charity" scam, his repeated raising of taxes, and his numerous bouts with the ethics committee.

    Now this? I'm sorry Huckabee, you may be a good Christian man..but your actions don't show it. I can't vote for you. I'm saddened that a Baptist minister is this morally bankrupt–my grandfather was a Baptist minister and HE was a truly scrupulous and pious man.

    December 5, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |

    1. Governor Huckabee signed sales tax hike in 1996;

    2. Governor Huckabee supported internet sales tax in 2001;

    3. Governor Huckabee opposed repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002;

    4. Governor Huckabee signed tax increases on gasoline (1999) and cigarettes (2003);

    5. Governor Huckabee signed into law a $5.25 per day bed tax on private nursing home patients in 2001;

    6. Governor Huckabee proposed sales tax increase in 2002;

    7. Governor Huckabee opposed congressional measure to ban internet taxes in 2003;

    8. Governor Huckabee allowed 17% sales tax increase to become law in 2004;

    9. Governor Huckabee, by the end of his tenure, was responsible for a 37% higher sales tax in Arkansas, 16% higher motor fuel taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes;

    10. Governor Huckabee refused to take the pledge to not raise taxes if elected President in 2007;

    11. Governor Huckabee is responsible for spending increases of 65.3% from 1996 to 2004;

    12. Governor Huckabee is responsible for a 20% increase in the number of state government workers;

    13. Governor Huckabee increased and expanded ARKids First which is a massive government program that provides 'free' (i.e. socialized) health coverage for thousands;

    14. Governor Huckabee supported the 2003 Republican-initiated (sadly) Medicare prescription drug plan which is a massive and unfunded liability shouldered by us taxpayers. It is the largest new government entitlement program since LBJ;

    15. Governor Huckabee raised the minimum wage in April 2006 from $5.15 to $6.25 an hour and encouraged Congress to take the same thereby hurting business and the free market;

    16. Governor Huckabee supports 'price-gouging' legislation which is just a veiled threat against free enterprise and the free market;

    17. Governor Huckabee called No Child Left Behind "the greatest education reform effort by the federal government in my lifetime," even though it was bloated and stripped schools of local control and increased federal spending on education by 48% without any real reform;

    18. Governor Huckabee signed into law Arkansas's first statewide smoking ban against private property establishments. This was a gross violation of private property rights and a huge act of big/nanny government;

    19. Governor Huckabee has banned soda from Arkansas public schools and is promoting the big/nanny government agenda of regulating what we eat and drink;

    Bottom Line: Governor Mike Huckabee is no conservative and he is no heir to the Goldwater/Reagan legacy of LIMITED GOVERNMENT and INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND FREEDOM. Mike Huckabee is a big government tax-and- spender who can't be trusted to uphold the Reagan legacy if elected President.

    December 5, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Carmen, Little Rock AR

    This thread illustrates the reason I'll be voting for whichever candidate has the best plan for public education.

    December 5, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Roger, Melrose, MN

    The young woman that Dumond raped was distant cousin of Clintons. The Republican Right felt that Dumond was innocent and pressured Huckabee to reduce his sentence, which Huckabee did (from life to 39 years).

    According to interviews 4 people on the board claim that Huckabee worked very hard to push for his parole. Huckabee denies this.

    As Huckabee was being pressured to make sure Dumond's prison time be reduced, the raped victims wrote letters to Huckabee begging him to make sure Dumond stays in Prison and talks about the anguish they felt as rape victims. Huckabee denies he ever received these letters, even though they have been forwarded to press and rape victims acknowledge that they sent them.

    These are facts....
    But my guess is, if you are a die-hard Huckabee supporter they won't matter.

    December 5, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Sonya, Phoenix, AZ

    I see with old Hucky, it's forgivable to rape but abortion is off limits. What a hypocrite. We can protect the rapist but not the victim, is that how it works?

    December 5, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. no vote, midwest

    What did he know and when did he know it?
    He probably was busy trying to make certain no rape victims were given an abortion option.

    December 5, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Les WA

    It is sad, the GOP blame again former President Bill Clinton, it was the distant cousin of Clinton that was raped by Dumond. Rape victims and their family sent a letters to Huckabee pleading with him not to grant Dumond a parole, he didn't listen to them. When Dumond was released he moved to Missouri, raped and killed two more women.

    Why the Republicans can't take responsibility for their ineptness? They always blame somebody.

    December 5, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. KRS

    I could write a letter claiming to have been raped by the guy, but that doesn't make it true. I have no doubt that he was an evil person, but he needs to have been CONVICTED of the crimes before they should be taken into consideration. If all those people had stepped forward before he was released, filed charges, got him convicted.....he might not have gotten out.

    December 5, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Nat, Wooster OH

    Well after all Mr. Huckabee wasn't the one who was raped so why not let the guy out right?? DuMond is so deserving of a 2nd chance. Yeah right! He ended up raping and killing another woman shortly after his release. Besides if you are going to write a letter of recommendation for someone who committed such a serious crime you by God should know all the background on the case before you write a letter for his release. If you didn't Mr. Huckabee then you've abused your power and a 2nd women was raped and lost her life! Besides we already have one in the White House who started a war with another country then later said the same ole tired Republican mantra....I didn’t know all the details! Choose Huckabee for President, as a female citizen of the US....I don't think so!

    December 5, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Tsheej, San Jose, CA

    Check out the facts: Huckabee never parolled this guy. Governor's do not have that authority. That is the boards decision.

    December 5, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Duane, Wichita, KS

    First you build him up then you tear him down. Make up your minds. It's agood thing Ron Paul has no dirt.

    December 5, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. A. H. from Texas

    Some of you continue to ignore the fact that governors do not have the ability to pardon people in Arkansas, the board does. Not only that, but he either denied or did not respond to the clemency appeal each time it was made (which not responding is the same denying it) He never approved the clemency claim, and he wasn't the one who released the guy.

    December 5, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Chester Seattle, WA

    Huckabee was a fine candidate until I saw his ad spot with Chuck Norris. God good that was goofy and juvenile.

    Can't these guys address real issues for once without invoking 9/11, gay marriage, or abortion. They're friggin' robots.

    December 5, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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