David Huckabee

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David Huckabee
Born 1981 (age 32–33)
Occupation Wholesale Mortgage Lender[1]
Employer Taylor, Bean & Whitaker[1]
Spouse(s) Lauren Brown[2]
Parents Janet and Mike Huckabee

David Huckabee (born 1981) is a mortgage broker[3] and one of United States 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's two sons.[4] David Huckabee's wife Lauren, an attorney, worked on Mike Huckabee's campaign for president, having registered Mike as a candidate[5] and having served as "Ballot Access and Delegate Director".[6] Both David and Lauren Huckabee have been listed as payees for the Mike Huckabee campaign.[7]

Education[edit]

Huckabee attended Arkansas State University (ASU) where he majored in political science and served as president of both the Union Advisory Board and the Student Government Association.[8] He ran two companies while at ASU, "Pyro Erectus" and "H&K Enterprises", each of which had contracts with ASU for more than $5000.00.[9] When the City of Jonesboro warned him to register those two companies, he initially refused, on the grounds that these entities were "partnerships" which did not need to register.[10] He eventually paid the $62.50 fee with 6,250 pennies.[9] Huckabee joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and his father then Gov. Mike Huckabee followed suit, joining in 2007.[11] He was chosen as the class prom king in the fall of 2001, and the campus chapter of the Chi Omega sorority recognized his many achievements at ASU with its prestigious "Man of the Year" award.[8]

While a freshman at ASU, Huckabee said in an interview with the school newspaper that he chose to go to school in Arkansas so he could get involved in the state's political process.[12] Huckabee said, "my dream is to either be the President or to be the one who makes the President the President."[12]

Boy Scouts controversy[edit]

During his father's 2008 presidential campaign, both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times reported that the younger Huckabee had been dismissed as a Boy Scout camp counselor in 1998.[13][14] Huckabee, then 17, was alleged to have been involved in the hanging of a stray dog.[13]

When an animal rights group sought records from the Arkansas state police the request was denied. John Bailey, the then-police chief reported that "(Mike Huckabee's) chief of staff and personal lawyer both pressured him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor's request."[13] Mike Huckabee fired Bailey seven months later. In December 2007, Bailey told Newsweek that the governor told him "I've lost confidence in your ability to do your job" and "I couldn't get you to help me with my son when I had that problem."[13]

Mike Huckabee flatly denied Bailey's account.[13] He insisted his son did not engage in "intentional torture." A campaign official said that David Huckabee "regrets the incident."[13]

Arrest[edit]

Huckabee was arrested at 6:00 AM,[15] on April 26, 2007, for attempting to board a plane departing from Little Rock, Arkansas, with a loaded Glock handgun.[16] A misdemeanor charge was brought against him for "attempting to carry a gun in a prohibited place." Huckabee had a concealed-weapon permit at the time of the incident and said he forgot about the weapon in his luggage. A Little Rock Police lieutenant was quoted as saying, "It is not unusual for people to forget they have a gun in their carry-on luggage."[15] He entered a guilty plea with the court.[16] He received a one-year suspended sentence with 10 days of community service.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Huckabee". Fundrace 2008 Campaign Donations. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Huckabee Daughter-in-Law Involved in Accident". Fox16. Associated Press. 2006-09-13. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  3. ^ Stritof, Sheri; Stritof, Bob. "Janet and Mike Huckabee Marriage Profile". About.com Marriage. About Inc. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Team Huckabee. Huckabee For President Inc. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ "More file paperwork to appear in Arkansas primary". Arkansas Online. Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Associated Press. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  6. ^ "Illinois Ballot Access" (pdf). Huckabee Campaign. Huckabee for President. Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  7. ^ "Disbursements by Payee". 2007 Quarterly Report. Federal Election Commission. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Ellen Morgan, David Huckabee named 2001 ASU Homecoming Queen, King". University Communications Office. 2001-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  9. ^ a b Welch, Grover (2001-12-03). "Huckabee makes point with 6,250 pennies". The Herald of Arkansas. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  10. ^ Knebel, Shannon (2001-11-15). "Student funds paid to unlicensed firms". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  11. ^ Eldridge, Crystal (2007-01-11). "Huckabee part of ASU Greek life". The Herald. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  12. ^ a b McGovern, Patricia. "Duck hunting, debate team draw Huckabee to A-State". Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Isikoff, Michael; Bailey, Holly (2007-12-15). "A Son’s Past Deeds Come Back To Bite Huckabee". Campaign 2008. Newsweek. Retrieved 2007-12-18. [dead link]
  14. ^ Martelle, Scott (2007-12-17). "Mike Huckabee faces questions on whether he stymied a probe". LATimes Blogs. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  15. ^ a b "David Huckabee Reacts To Arrest". Today's THV. THV & The Associated Press. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  16. ^ a b "Huckabee's Son Arrested With Gun at Little Rock Airport". FOX News. Associated Press. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  17. ^ "Son of presidential candidate pleads guilty for gun in airport". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2011-03-04.