Huckabee Busted On Cuba?
It’s a little hard to believe Huckabee didn’t know about Cuba, as he’s claiming, given some things I’ve turned up. If he didn’t, he gives the phrase out of touch and the word uninformed new meanings. On the one hand, by default Huckabee almost touts being aware of international affairs due to concerns for Arkansas’ trade issues. Yet, he also claims no real knowledge of US/Cuban relations?
“Being in Arkansas, that’s not one of the issues I am in close proximity with,” he said.
I give you Fort Chaffe in Arkansas. It was home to hundreds of Cuban refugees though that was in 1982, while Huckabee was a pastor hours away in Pine Bluff. Of course, rioting and 4 million dollars in damage received wide attention throughout the state. Then there’s this below from when he was Governor.
Fast forward to when he was Governor. How could he not know that history given this situation below?
FORT CHAFFEE – The first of an expected 20,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees arrived at Fort Chaffee on Saturday, exhausted and hungry but safe.
Gov. Mike Huckabee said in a Little Rock news conference Saturday that he expected that Fort Chaffee would have about 2,000 evacuees by midnight Saturday. Huckabee said Arkansas probably will see as many as 20,000 more evacuees.
State Rep. Frank Glidewell, RFort Smith, said Fort Smith residents are adjusting to having the evacuees at Fort Chaffee. "We are happy to help out in a time of crisis like this,"he said. "We have alot a lot of volunteers and services." "I feel like we can make them feel at home and probably like Texas, they may not want to go back to New Orleans; we are a pretty friendly town,"Glidewell said.
Goodman said Saturday some residents expressed concern about the evacuees being taken to Fort Chaffee, remembering the Cubans who had rioted at Chaffee in 1980, causing about $4 million damage.
Fort Smith City Administrator Bill Harding said Col. Hunt assured them "all appropriate measures would be take to provide security for the citizens of this area."
They said 42 military police were being brought in from Little Rock. Also, several Sebastian County sheriff’s deputies were on hand during Saturday’s reception.