29 October 2007 at 7:05 PM EST

Washington Times-Inside Politics 10/25/07

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Bombs away

Mike Huckabee has been gaining momentum in the Republican race for the presidency, but a senior editor at the American Spectator says his time as governor of Arkansas was filled with scandal.

"National media folks like David Brooks, dealing in surface appearances only, rave about what a nice guy Huckabee is, and a moral exemplar to boot. 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," Quin Hillyer wrote yesterday at Spectator.org.

"Fourteen times, the ethics commission — a respected body, not a partisan witch hunt group — investigated claims against Huckabee. Five of those times, it officially reprimanded him. And, as only MSNBC among the big national media has reported at any real length, there were lots of other mini scandals and embarrassments along the way.

"He used public money for family restaurant meals, boat expenses, and other personal uses. He tried to claim as his own some $70,000 of furniture donated to the governor's mansion. He repeatedly, and obstinately, against the pleadings even from conservative columnists and editorials, refused to divulge the names of donors to a 'charitable' organization he set up while lieutenant governor — an outfit whose main charitable purpose seemed to be to pay Huckabee to make speeches. Then, as a kicker, he misreported the income itself from the suspicious 'charity.' "

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Many of us on Tom's blog have said over and over that Mike Huckabee did not have the right qualifications for the Presidency, particularly in his feelings about illegal immigration. He is an illegal immigration apologist and his tenure in the governship of Arkansas proved that.

Obviously the ethics commission has thoroughly investigated the various allegations towards Huckabee, and they have been found to be true. It really isn't surprising as his ethics with the immigration issue were and still are quite similar.

The people supporting him need to be aware of what has been reported. The Values Voter group, who endorsed him a while back, need to take a hard look at the facts.

Well, here is my opinion on these matters. I think that people in public office are the example setters for the rest of us and as such should hold themselves to the highest standard of ethical behavior. The only one that I see that fills this requirement is Tom Tancredo.

Another personal misty eyed moment......with Congressman Tancredo

Just a quick personal note. I was hanging out with my Tanc staff friends Sun. night , early Mon. morning when the bulletin came across, Mr. Tancedo will not seek Congressional reelection......none of us knew it was coming.

The next morning (Monday) as I was riding in the SUV with Tom, I was thinking this is a very monumental day..... Keep in mind, Tom was sitting directly in front of me in the SUV fielding several emails, phone calls, requests or interviews to respond to his retirement announcement. This is all very personal to me as it would be for all of you....

When there was one moment of silence, I said quietly, " Mr. Congressman, Congratulations on your retirement. Thank you for all of your years of service. I am proud of everything you have accomplished and honored to know you, sir."

He turned around with a smile on his face to look at me, and replied " Thank you. That means alot. I have done everything I can do for the House." as his phone starts ringing again quietly in the background,,, he turns away to answer it......

I thought to myself, this is a very personal, memorable, moment for all of us....Whatever is in the store for Tom's future,, right now, at this moment, I had to embrace what I was witnessing and experiencing. It was a moment that I will never forget.

as I continued to follow him throughout the day, the number of interview requests were coming in by the hundreds, and Tom was filliing as many requests that he could....I'm seeing many of those interviews pop up this morning on my Tom Tancredo Google alerts emails.... I will try to post as many as I can....

"Mr. Tancredo, Congressman, I have spent the past 5 days with you, some were obviouly very personal moments. This experience only reiterates the importance of knowing how real you are, how humble you are, and how essential is is for AMERICA to have you are our next commander-in-chief. You are the real deal. Everyone that I come in contact says the same.

God Bless You, Congressman. You have my deep respect, love and honor.....

and my fight for taking our country back is on, now and forever, because of you, SIR!

The Veterans Parade is on the 10th of November 2007. Assembly time is from 10am until 10:30am at 1st and Broadway with the start time of the parade to be at 11am. We want to put together 5 to 8 platoons of minutemen. We will also field a small amount of our Minuteman neighborhood watch people. We have grown large enough to flex a little muscle.

We hope to see a good response from the Woodbury Chapter.

Mr. Craig N. Halverson
Director of Iowa
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

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