Mike Huckabee is not the man he pretends to be, and more and more conservatives are stepping forward to say so.
Not only is Huckabee a tax-raising, big-spender, but he seems to have serious ethical problems as well. Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator says,
If they only did a little homework, they would discover a guy with a thin skin, a nasty vindictive streak, and a long history of imbroglios about questionable ethics. [read more]
Pat Toomey at National Review is similarly critical:
But this flirtation does a great disservice to the conservative movement if it overlooks Huckabee’s stunning record of big-government liberalism.
During Huckabee’s tenure as governor, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A dyed-in-blue tax hiker, Huckabee supported raising sales taxes, gas taxes, grocery taxes, even nursing home bed taxes. He virulently opposed a congressional moratorium on taxing Internet access, and sat on the sidelines while his Democratic legislature pushed the largest tax hike in Arkansas history into law. What’s more, on his watch, and frequently at his behest, state spending increased by 50 percent, more than double the rate of inflation, and the number of state government workers rose by 20 percent. [read more]
Huckabee may be presenting himself as a conservative, but his record speaks of anything but.