First it was Mitt Romney and how he put Seamus, the family dog, on top of the car during family road trips. Now, it is Mike Huckabee’s turn.
This former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate is dealing with allegations that his son, David Huckabee, was involved in the hanging of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998. David, then 17, was dismissed from his job as a camp counselor following the incident.
The local prosecuting attorney wrote a letter to the Arkansas state police asking for help to investigate if David and another teenager had violated Arkansas animal-cruelty laws. The state police never investigated the incident, and no charges were filed against David or the other teenager allegedly involved.
But the then director of the state police, John Bailey, said that Governor Huckabee’s chief of staff and lawyer both influenced him to write a letter denying the local prosecuting attorney’s request to investigate the incident.
Baily thought the intervention by Huckabee’s lawyer was improper and terminated the conversation. Seven months later, Bailey was fired by Huckabee. Bailey added that when he was being fired, Huckabee told him that he couldn’t get Bailey to help him with his son when he had that problem.
Huckabee said that Bailey’s claim is “totally untrue” and called him a bitter ex-employee. He said that he asked Bailey to resign because he was alienating the entire state police and that it had nothing to do with the incident involving his son.
The incident in 1998 is still unclear. A local animal-rights activist contacted the camp director after the incident and she said that the camp director made excuses saying that the boys said the dog was sick and they were putting him out of his misery.
The director told Newsweek that the stray dog was “put down” and the boys were fired for violating the Scout credo to be “kind.” Mike Huckabee stated to Newsweek that David did not engage in “intentional torture” and that “there was a dog that apparently had mange and was absolutely, I guess, emaciated.”
One of Huckabee’s campaign officials said David regrets the incident and added that he later made Eagle Scout.
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