Mother Jones would like to know what Mike Huckabee was up to during his 12 years as Arkansas governor, so they sent a public records request to find out.
Know what they found out? Nothing. Very odd for a public figure with a treasure trove of public records that should be able to shared with, you know, the public:
The records are unavailable, and the computer hard drives that once contained them were erased and physically destroyed by the Huckabee administration as the governor prepared to leave office and launch a presidential bid…. Why had Huckabee gone to such great lengths to wipe out his own records? What ever happened to a backup collection that was provided to a Huckabee aide?
Is this how Hush-Hushabee would run the country should he run and ::shudder:: win in 2012? Awfully Bushian if you ask me.
Back in 2007, according to the Mother Jones piece, all of Huckabee’s hard drives had been “crushed under the supervision of a designee of [Huckabee's] office.” In other words, his aide made sure that all that information was forever wiped out.
Considering that there were at least 15 ethics complaints filed against him, there must be some awfully juicy stuff that he didn’t want anyone to get their hands on. What kind of stuff?
[A]mong other things: his failure to report gifts and outside income, his alleged use of state funds and resources for political and personal purposes, and the pardon of a convicted murderer and rapist who went on to kill again once released.
Yeah, I’d want to keep those under wraps, too. After all, keeping secrets is the Christian thing to do.
Someone who was once close to Huckabee said this:
“Huckabee just absolutely doesn’t trust anybody. In my experience, if you don’t trust people, it’s because you’re not trustworthy. We see the world through our own eyes.”
But gol durn it, he seems so open and folksy and likable. This is the same guy who was so into transparency, accountability, and sunshiny disinfectant back in 2007.
Now he’s into hide ‘n’ seek. How wholesome of him.
Mother Jones has more here.