Sunday, May 07, 2006

Huckabee Wants More Like Harrelson, Does not trust Sumpter

Reporter Seth Blomeley got resourceful in his article about the behind the scenes manuvering Gov. Huckabee and his team employed in their successful effort to ban smoking at private work places around the state. The ban begins July 21st. Blomeley could not FOI the Governor's own email or working papers, so he FOI'ed the people the Governor was writing to.

The results reveal that team Huckabee did not allow anyone in the office to use the words "anti-smoking" to describe the legislation. Instead, it was to be referred to as "clean air" legislation.

The Blomley article also revealed the Governor's affection for left of center House Speaker Steve Harrelson and his distrust of Representative Denny Sumpter. To quote the article, "Huckabee replied that “we’re gaining steam” but demanded staff get “firm commitments” from legislators, especially Rep. Denny Sumpter, D-West Memphis. Three years ago, Huckabee alleged Sumpter broke a pledge to support a sweeping reorganization of state government, something Sumpter has denied.

“Get Sumpter’s in blood,” Huckabee wrote Thompson. “He can’t be trusted.”

The same day Huckabee thanked Rep. Steve Harrelson, D-Texarkana, who has recently been chosen as Democratic leader for 2007, for supporting the bill.

“I’m so very proud of you !” Huckabee wrote. “I am indebted to you and hope to find ways to show it. With 99 more like you, we’d take Arkansas to the top !”"

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Huckabee is pretty much right on about Denny Sumpter being a weasel, and Steve Harrelson is usually pretty straight about where he stands on an issue. Interesting what they had to say about Speaker Petrus, and I hope there is a follow-up article that summarizes what the Administration had to say about all the other legislators. I guess that Kelly Boyd can go to work for No Impact in January.

6:39 PM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harrelson is straight up. He is straight up about being a liberal. Gov. Huckabee is not a conservative but he plays one on TV.

6:45 PM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee is one of the most wild eyed spenders we've ever seen as governor. Not to mention most of the money he has increased in tax revenue went to create state jobs for political followers. The state employee rolls rose by 21% under Huckabee's tenure. Thank goodness for people like Sumpter who stand up to him.

7:41 PM, January 13, 2007  
Anonymous Brownkrja said...

Harrelson is straight up. He is straight up about being a liberal. Gov. Huckabee is not a conservative but he plays one on TV.

12:57 AM, January 02, 2013  

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