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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:16 pm 
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Is anyone here as disappointed with the latest HuckPAC endorsement as I am? In our mission to identify and support candidates who will make this country a better place to live, surely we could have found someone better than Don "Bridge to Nowhere" Young of Alaska. During his time in Congress (35 years), he has come to represent the worst of what Washington has to offer. He is being investigated for changing the text of a 2005 transportation bill after it was passed by Congress in order to benefit a major campaign contributor. He is currently under investigation by the Justice Department for a $10 million earmark inserted into the 2006 transportation bill for a road project in Florida - coincidentally, Daniel J. Aronoff, a Florida real estate developer who stands to benefit from the earmark has raised $40,000 for Rep. Young's campaign. "Mr. Young spends taxpayer money so wastefully he could make a liberal Democrat blush". I am not a naive person, so I realize there is going to be some amount of politicking involved in the PAC's selection process. I sincerely hope that we Huckabee supporters are not being asked to unconditionally back candidates in order to return a favor to those that supported the Governor during his Presidential campaign. If that turns out to be true, then I for one am prepared to cease and desist any future support.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:27 pm 
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I know why Mike support him, is because he supports the Fair Tax.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:37 pm 
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RedCentral wrote:
I know why Mike support him, is because he supports the Fair Tax.

We are not "one issue" supporters.....Young's backing of the Fair Tax is not nearly enough reason to garner the endorsement of HuckPAC


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:56 pm 
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Don was also the first member of Congress outside of Arkansas to endorse Mike.... long before the Iowa straw poll.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:00 pm 
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TheMatman wrote:
Don was also the first member of Congress outside of Arkansas to endorse Mike.... long before the Iowa straw poll.

That is exactly the point of this thread's title...........is that the reason for the HuckPAC endorsement? It better not be.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:03 pm 
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TheMatman wrote:
Don was also the first member of Congress outside of Arkansas to endorse Mike.... long before the Iowa straw poll.


Mike is nothing, if not a faithful friend.. this may be an example exactly of putting 'principle' over politics..

It's not politically sound to support someone on the 'outs' with conservatives.. in his mind he may owe Young more than the establishment.. :?

It's a tough call.. If Young is gulity of criminal misconduct.. Mike could get dragged down with him, but he stood up for Mike when no one else would..

I don't know what I would have done..

If this was quid pro quo.. I think it's an outlier.. there are not that many folks out there Mike would have to do this for to his detriment..

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The endorsement on HuckPAC.com states that Rep. Young was endorsed because:

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Don Young has focused on:

1. Making America energy independent.

2. Improving our nation’s infrastructure.

3. A strong military and defense.

He currently serves as the ranking member on the Resources Committee.

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“Don is one of the few members of Congress to totally understand the critical state of our nation’s infrastructure and when I was a Governor and Chairman of the National Governors Association, he was one of the few members of Congress who fully recognized the direct link between infrastructure and job creation and economic development. I consider him a personal friend and have enjoyed duck hunting with him, but I didn’t enjoy the fact that he is such a marksman that he put the rest of us to shame” Huckabee said.


Nothing about the Fair Tax was mentioned. It seems that the endorsement was made because of his stance on economic development and infrastrucure. The endorsement also talks about Mike's time as Chairman of the National Governors Association. Does anyone know if Mike worked with Young on anything during his tenure with the NGA? That could explain why he endorsed him.

http://my.huckpac.com/?FuseAction=Blogs ... og_id=1698

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:47 pm 
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This is from a blog, and I don't know where he got the quotes from.

http://blog.4president.org/2008/2007/02 ... bee_a.html

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Little Rock, AR – Former Governor Mike Huckabee announced Friday that U.S. Representative Don Young (R-AK) will serve as congressional chairman of his presidential exploratory committee and U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) will serve as co-chairman.

"It's an honor to have the strong support of such dedicated and well respected members of the U.S. Congress,” said Huckabee.

"As Governor of Arkansas and NGA Chairman, I worked closely with Don on a range of critical issues, including transportation – which is a passion we both share. I’ve seen him in action and respect his commitment – not only to the people of Alaska, but to our country. I have deep respect for the job he has done in Congress, and I know he’ll do a great job as chairman of my congressional team."

“I’m also honored to have the home-state support of John Boozman,” Huckabee said. “I always knew when I asked something of him, he would do whatever he could to help the people of Arkansas. He’s a talented and dedicated member of the House of Representatives – and I’m pleased that he’ll be assisting Don Young in his efforts.”

In a February 22, 2007 letter to House Republicans, Young articulated his support for Huckabee – and urged his GOP colleagues to support Huckabee’s bid for the presidency.

“Last month, Mike formed a Presidential Exploratory Committee because he believes – as I do – that it’s time for Americans to experience a reawakening of the conservative values that make our country a land of opportunity and a beacon of hope and freedom around the world,” wrote Young in a letter that was hand-delivered to Members’ offices.

On 'hot button' issues, such as energy independence, Iraqi freedom, and excellence in education, “Mike and I couldn’t agree more,” Young wrote.

He added: "Mike is a true conservative. During his tenure as Governor, he balanced the state budget, reduced welfare by nearly 50 percent and signed the first-ever, broad-based tax cut in 160 years, which amounted to a $90 million refund to taxpayers. All told, he fought for passage of more than 90 tax cuts and left the State of Arkansas with a surplus of more than $800 million."

“I’m proud to support my friend, Mike Huckabee,” agreed Boozman. “He’s governed according to conservative principles – and what’s more, he has a proven record of working with people, regardless of party, to get things done which actually make lives better.”

Young, who was re-elected in November 2006 to his 18th term, also praised Huckabee's bipartisan approach: “As chairman of the 50-state National Governors Association, Mike put partisan politics aside to work closely with Governors, Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate – of both parties – and the Administration, in order to achieve results on complex issues, including Medicaid reform and the reauthorization of the highway bill."

Young concluded by touting Huckabee’s ability to set goals and achieve them. “I’m proud to stand behind Mike Huckabee in his efforts to take this country to higher ground – and I hope you will too,” he wrote.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:07 pm 
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UPDATE: I have been following the comments regarding Don Young today with interest. Your opinions are important to me and our team, so having read another comment just now asking for an explanation of our endorsement, I wanted to make sure you heard from me directly.

Don Young has been a consistent pro-family, pro-life vote in the Congress. Don also endorsed my campaign and stood by me in the public arena defending my record from false attacks when other members of Congress wouldn't be seen with me. I don't expect everyone to agree with each endorsement we make. I am thankful that we are able to talk about our differences openly and respectfully. Thank you for your comments.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:18 pm 
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I always give Huckabee high marks for his ability to communicate honestly with his supporters. Way to go Huckabee for a quick response to concerns of those at Huckpac.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:00 pm 
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Yes a very good show! I was interested in how he would tackle this. Mike never ceases to amaze me in his ability to communicate and be honest with us.


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Interesting Response by MH. It did need to be clarified a little more than the Huck PAC article. Still disappointed because if Young gets dragged down, Mike is with him. I still prefer Sean Parnell, but I will back him individually.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:01 pm 
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Rev Wright didn't drag down Obama -- though I know his supporters are a little more lenient about these sort of things, still goes to show, we look more at the person than everyone he's ever been associated.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:11 pm 
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Is anyone here as disappointed with the latest HuckPAC endorsement as I am? In our mission to identify and support candidates who will make this country a better place to live, surely we could have found someone better than Don "Bridge to Nowhere" Young of Alaska.


I wonder how the people in Ketchikan, Alaska feel about constantly being called "Nowhere." :) I can't stand the earmark funding system we currently have but I think the projects for Alaska have been demagogued because Alaska is an easy target in that it is the largest state in geographic size but the fourth smallest in population, making the funding an easy "bridge to nowhere" target.

We will see in the final analysis if Sen. Young is guilty of wrong doing but I have no problem with Gov. Huckabee giving his pro-life, pro-family friend and supporter the benefit of the doubt.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:22 pm 
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I think Huckabee is showing loyalty and giving every benefit of the doubt to a friend. Unfortunately, I have to disagree.

Not only does Young have problems with the Bridge to Nowhere, but he actually inserted an earmark into a bill, after it'd been approved by both Houses and for the benefit of a contributor.

In addition, polls show that Young would lose in the Fall to the Democrats, Alaskans are so tired of him.

He may have given Huckabee support in 2008, but support like that he doesn't need. The best thing that could happen for Huckabee is for Young to lose. If Young's a Congressional supporter in 2012, it'll be an unnecessary distraction.

I'm not backing off supporting Mike, but I'm still strongly supporting Sean Parnell.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:01 pm 
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Goodbye VP chances.

Don Young is the exact opposite of everything I thought Huckabee stood for. At least I don't have to spend the next four years getting excited for for Huckabee 2012. Just another politician that ends up disappointing us in the end.

http://www.donyoung08.com/news_06302008.php

I guess 'duck hunting buddy' trumps all of the ethics problems that Young has had.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:07 pm 
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After everything Mike has said, after all the unpopular stands he's taken, after all the unfair attacks he's withstood for the sake of principles, you'd let one endorsement change your mind about him? I don't know much about Young myself, but even if this is a mistake by Mike, I don't think you can say this makes him "just another politician."


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:24 pm 
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obviously you've never been duck hunting!

Just kidding...

Even if the other guy is a better candidate...one endorsement like this should not change your view on Huckabee. Now if he had endorsed an anti-American, or a Socialist or something...that is a different story.

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Huck PAC Supports Rep. Don Young

01 Jul 2008 02:11 pm

Now this is interesting. Mike Huckabee's political action committee has endorsed Rep. Don Young's re-election in Alaska.

Don is one of the few members of Congress to totally understand the critical state of our nation’s infrastructure and when I was a Governor and Chairman of the National Governors Association, he was one of the few members of Congress who fully recognized the direct link between infrastructure and job creation and economic development. I consider him a personal friend and have enjoyed duck hunting with him, but I didn’t enjoy the fact that he is such a marksman that he put the rest of us to shame” Huckabee said.

Now -- put aside the fact that Young is under federal investigation in the Velco bribery scandal. He is known as the pork-barreler's pork barreler and has acquired, in the noses of most conservative activists, an odor. And Huckabee's commenters aren't happy.

"You blew your reputation on this...and a reported 70% of Alaskans disagree with you," said one. Another: "This the best HuckPAC can come up with????" A third: "You have one problem with Don Young and it's called "The Bridge To Nowhere""

Huckabee responded to the discontent:

I have been following the comments regarding Don Young today with interest. Your opinions are important to me and our team, so having read another comment just now asking for an explanation of our endorsement, I wanted to make sure you heard from me directly.

Don Young has been a consistent pro-family, pro-life vote in the Congress. Don also endorsed my campaign and stood by me in the public arena defending my record from false attacks when other members of Congress wouldn't be seen with me. I don't expect everyone to agree with each endorsement we make. I am thankful that we are able to talk about our differences openly and respectfully. Thank you for your comments.

Note: Mitt Romney's PAC hasn't endorsed Don Young.

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This was discussed on another thread. Mike Huckabee explained his reasons for endorsing Young. I'll see if I can find it.

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