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 !”"