Presidential Candidate Huckabee’s Son Allegedly Involved In Hanging Of Dog

HuckabeeFirst 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.

Source: Newsweek

Photo: Associated Press

(Thanks Robert)

33 Responses to “Presidential Candidate Huckabee’s Son Allegedly Involved In Hanging Of Dog”

  1. Hazel says:

    I live in Arkansas and well remember this horrid incident. This is a perfet example of power being used to protet the guilty.

    This fat slop should have been prosecuted….but was not because of who his dad was.

    As to Huckabee the candiate…..he was well known for using his position to do what he wanted….he took gifts from the wealthy….used the state plane for trips…pardoned Wayne Dumond over the objections of the parole board….and Dumond then raped and killed a woman.

  2. Lynne says:

    As Digby says, this guy is a piece of work:
    David Huckabee, a son of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, was arrested at Little Rock’s airport Thursday after a federal X-ray technician detected a loaded Glock pistol in his carry-on luggage.

    What is it about Republicans and dogs?

  3. mikken says:

    If you can’t raise a kid properly, you can’t run a country properly.

    Compassion would have been sharing what food and water you had with a sick, starving dog. Normal kids would do that. What this kid did was not normal or compassionate and instead of his dad being horrified, he covered for him - quite the indicator of character there.

  4. janet says:

    his daddy raised him “right”

  5. Bridgett says:

    Isn’t this the same guy who has been thumping the Bible at the rest of us? Obviously, he only uses the parts of it that he likes. He must have skipped over the parts about raising children, being moral and treating animals humanely.

  6. Bridgett says:

    Lynne, a dear friend of mine uses the term “cat-hating Republicans”.

  7. Stefani says:

    Not the only time Huckabee has used his influence to get criminals and cruel people “off the hook.”

    This news needs to be brought into light in a high-profile way, just like Huckabee’s intervention on behalf of (to secure the release of) a rapist who then progressed to RAPE+MURDER after the Huckabee-arranged release. Seems his fondness for cruel murders extends beyond his family.

    We need to get the word out, because I think that guy is going to be the Republican nominee.


  8. Lynne says:

    LOL, Janet and Bridgett

  9. JLLH358 says:

    Let’s keep political preferences out of this. I am a Republican and I love my pet. Don’t go there.

  10. NH says:

    I wasn’t going to vote for Huckabee anyways. And now I’m glad I’m not.

  11. Poodlluver says:

    Same here. Republican and proud of it.
    Animal lover all my life.
    6 cats 2 dogs 2 birds and a rabbit.
    All rescues, thank you very much.

  12. toni says:

    Huckabee paroled/commuted sentences of violent offenders TWICE AS OFTEN as his 3 predecessors combined! Surely, you can see this guy will not be hard on criminals that find “jailhouse religion”. He,himself, admitted that his thinking had been influenced by attendance at jail churches. Surely, you can see that he usurped the justice system to serve his own needs and that of his stupid son. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. He is not as he may seem.
    A man who sees nothing wrong in hanging and slitting the throat of a poor, stray dog has some serious issues in assessing a potential threat to the public.
    He has been in the back pocket of Farm Bureau for years. That’s why animal cruelty is just a misdemeanor.

  13. Nora and Rufus says:

    Fat Slop of a son deserves the same! Huckabee, you should be ashamed of yourself, you self rightous pig! That poor dog. What a hideous death. This should be smeared all over the press!!!!!!!!

  14. catmom5 says:

    Seems to me that an emaciated dog with mange belongs at the vets, not hanging from a tree. That boy is clearly disturbed that he could do that. I’m disappointed to hear these things about Huckabee, but glad to hear them NOW. I don’t think this has a thing to do with political party, it has to do with morals and compassion.
    Sounds like Daddy Huckabee is willing to misuse his power to suit his own needs. Disappointing!!!

  15. stargirl says:

    politicians use pets as props. remember the clintons, they ditched their cat socks as soon as they left the white house, and their labrador buddy got out into traffic and was killed. if they couldnt make buddys safety a priority, what with all of the secret service people they had around them, that says a lot about their indifference towards their pets.

  16. Cheryl says:

    I could never vote for anyone who finds this kind of behavior acceptable, as Mike Huckabee undoubtably does.

  17. mittens says:

    onward christian soldiers…

  18. Katie says:

    I agree Cheryl; I couldn’t vote for someone who finds this kind of behavior acceptable either.

    I would hope the media might ask him about his son? Hanging a dog is not something to be swept under the rug - Mike Huckabee might want to ask himself what kind of individual can do that and feel no remorse. And the Boy Scouts of America should be saddened that the campaign came back with:”later he became an Eagle Scout” like that made what he did Okay! An Eagle Scout is the highest honor one can get in the Boy Scouts of America - talk about tarnishing the image..


  19. martin says:

    I’m sure some of the other running republicans could use this to their advantage.

  20. Lynn says:

    Well………let’s send this article to all the campaign managers of all parties. Anyone got a list of them?

    With the amount of money the American animal-loving public spends on pet products, I would think we’d have power in pulling someone out of the race.

    Campaign managers list, anyone?

  21. rofl says:

    Lynne, Bridgett, Janet,

    * clintons, they ditched their cat socks as soon as they left the white house, and their labrador buddy got out into traffic and was killed *

    Hhhmm, one of your fellow democrates. How bout that!
    Guess the 3 of you fit into this category…..

  22. Lynn says:

    Political affiliations aside, certainly we all agree that what Huckabee’s son did was reprehensible.

    And certainly we all agree that Huckabee’s actions in calling in favors to cover up his sons transgressions were deplorable.

    Does anyone disagree with either of those statements?

  23. deroy says:

    mike huckabee’s son is just like michael vick.

    send him to jail, take dad too.

    he’s another losing posing as a prezz-I-denture candidate.

  24. Lynne says:

    rofl, I’m not a Democrat either. Nice try, though.

  25. Gindy says:

    His other son had the best stash of “p-r-o-n” at college too, loved to show it around as well to all his pals. Yeppers, old Huckabee and the missus raised a pair of real gems, let me tell you.
    His pardons of hard criminals for rape, assault, and murder are well known in Arkansas and should become fodder for the news media. They will since the GOP head honchos cannot stand the old Huckster. They love the votes from the wacko religious right, but they do NOT want any of them in power.
    He scares them with his crazy talk almost as much as his son scares dog owners.
    And I am not affiliate with either party.

  26. The Lioness says:

    OK. I am not going to vote for Huckabee, and I am not a republican, nor a Christian; however, I don’t like to see the bashing. This is a board and web site about pets and animals, not about one particular worldview. Could we just keep it about pets and animals? Kthx.

    That said, I’m not surprised by this at all, but I find it extremely sickening. I’m really suprised and apalled this kid got Eagle after that! More croneyism, I’m sure, was behind that.

    ~The Lioness

  27. Stefani says:

    The point about other activities is:

    If someone will be cruel to an animal, they will be cruel to a human.

    Vice versa.

    If someone excuses cruelty and victimization of the weak when the victim is an animal, and sympathizes with the criminal/lets him off, they will do it with a person. Vice versa.

    Thus, the actions of the Huckabees in scenarios involvign humans is relevant. It’s part of a pattern: We let off our friends, or criminals who are friends with our friends or have friends in high places. Whether their victims have fur or not.


  28. Diane says:

    The dog-on-the-car story completely turned me off Romney and this completely turns me off Huckabee. I’d feel the same if either was a Democrat. And by the way, I never really thought Clinton was a cat person. I thought he just kept the cat around to humor Chelsea.

  29. Robert says:

    According to the reports I read Huckabee’s son and another boy hanged the dog, slit its throat and then stoned it to death. He was 17 at the time. My wish for a person that would do such a thing is that they feel the pain the dog felt as it was being tortured to death.

  30. hazel says:


    You are correct…those two vermin tortured this dog….and got away with it because of Huckabee.

    Animal cruelty is only a misdeameanor in Arkansas and attempts to change it have never been successful because of the Farm Bureau.

    It has one of the worst animal cruelty records of any state.

  31. Bane says:

    What a fat. ugly vicious piece of filth Huckabee’s son is! If there was any justice, he would be hung. What a disgusting piece of garbage wrapped in human skin.

  32. Bane says:

    The Boy Scouts should be boycotted.

  33. george says:

    I worked at the scout camp with david. He was one of the best staff members the camp ever had. He was very outgoing (Despite the bias that his wieght might encourage.) and was always greeting scouts such that they left him smilling. Camp Pioneer is amoung the nations finest scout camps because its focus has always been about improving the scouting experiance by focusing on the scouts. It often had more scouts from circle ten council (Dallas) and sam houston area council (houston) than its own scouts from caddo area council (Texarkana). Why?, Because the council spends money such that scouts can sleep on a bed with a mattress as opposed to the wealther councils which require scouts to bring cots to sleep on. They constanly maintain their trails and provide quality consciece meals instead of low cost alternatives. The actions made by the council executives have helped foster a camp whose past and present staff members continuosly contribute to the camp what they can through out their lifetime.
    David is a hunter. Like me he was raised in the woods with his father hunting and fishing, and has killed animales. I will reserve my arguments which favors hunting and only state that i am horrified by the thought that we are sending soldiers who have never hunted to iraq and afganstain, being instructed to pursue activites which may lead them to killing another human being. I am certain that it is easier to kill a 150 lb deer and to overcome the resulting feeling of empathy for the animal, than it is to kill a human being regaurdles of whether its in combat or protecting ones property. When scouting was first established in England its purpose was to prepare young boys for serving in the millitary. Scouting in the U.S. has succeeded towards this goal in everyway except for preparing boys to deal with the emotional trama combat yeilds. Unfortunatly scouting does not facilitate hunting because of potential liabilites and politcal backlash. This is how america is feminizing it sons and turning them into pussies. I never saw the dog. But i saw david everyday that he was at the camp that summer. David was not there to harass any animales, he was there to help scouting. David is a hunter so i know that because he has killed before he knows what feelings of empathy he must overcome before killing any animale. Like me he does not kill animales without reason. I know this, the caddo area council knows this and this is why david is still able to be a part of camp pioneer and continue to contribute to improving the camp. (Check camp pioneer web site) David was fired because of national scouting polices which are established to protect them from politcal backlash. Personal firearms are not allowed on scout property and calling animal control given the setting of the camp is synomous with calling animale control because coyotes are being a nuesance on one’s farm. How long would you let a problem wild dog walk around a scout camp with 600+ scouts while awaiting animale control? Could you imagine the cost that would be incurred if every rancher in a given county differed their canine problem (Coyote and stray dog) to animale control officers. That would be a county of pussies who would be dependant on the government to solve their problems. Sounds familiar??? I am uncertain as to the level of davids involvement with the death of the dog, all that i recall is being breifed at a staff meeting about the incident and was instructed not to commit to visiting reporters. I am certain as to davids respect of the outdoors and scouting, and without hesitation state that this pursuit of public outrage is politically motivated. I believe the object of killing the dog was to cause its death, not for it to indure suffering. Perhaps other actions would have been more humane, i worked at the camp and know what alternatives exhisted and believe that the scouts who participated did the best that they could do to resolve the wild dog problem.

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