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story.lead_photo.caption Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has resigned from the board for the Country Music Association Foundation after his election was swiftly criticized in the music community.

On Wednesday, Huckabee was announced as a new member of board of the directors for the charitable arm of the association that runs the annual CMA Awards and the CMA Festival. The foundation's chairman Joe Galante praised the former Arkansas governor for his "policy experience with education reform" in a news release Wednesday.

Within 24 hours, a prominent artist manager sent a letter to the foundation calling Huckabee's election "grossly offensive" due to his political opinions and associations with the National Rifle Association. Jason Owen, who leads Sandbox Management representing artists like Little Big Town, Faith Hill and Kacey Musgraves, said in the letter that his clients would no longer support the foundation.

Owen and his husband have one child and are expecting more, but Owen said that Huckabee has made it clear that his family is not welcome.

"Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country," Owen wrote. "Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice. I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices. This was a detrimentally poor choice by the CMA and [its] leaders."

The CMA said Thursday that Huckabee resigned immediately. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


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  • arkateacher54
    March 1, 2018 at 6:20 p.m.

    Who do these dadgum homosexuals think they are? They are a tiny minority and they do not run the world. Why do people fall all over themselves accommodating them, and expect everyone else to follow suit. The truth is these gay boys are morally beneath just about everybody. I am sick and tired of them receiving special treatment. I am disappointed in Governor Huckabee for stepping down from this fool board.

  • HawgJockey
    March 1, 2018 at 11:15 p.m.

    So much for the tolerance and love crowd!

  • wolfman
    March 2, 2018 at 12:21 a.m.

    Hucks the fool he associates himself with a party that elected the biggest fool as President. He didn't belong on that board anyway.

  • smmlv3
    March 2, 2018 at 7:14 a.m.

    As usual, outliers get the most attention. Mr. Owen's lifestyle is the outlier.

  • RBear
    March 2, 2018 at 7:18 a.m.

    Who do these dadgum religious bigots think they are? They are a tiny minority and they think they can run the world because they quote selective scriptures as if it gives them authority over even the rule of law. They feel they can ramrod their twisted view of faith down everyone's throat and no one can question them. The truth is these fanatics are morally beneath just about everybody and even condone marital infidelity of a president because he can say "Two Corinthians." I'm sick and tired of them receiving special treatment. I'm glad in Governor Huckabee for stepping down from this board.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    March 2, 2018 at 7:41 a.m.

    Oh the power of money and ignorance.

  • RobertBolt
    March 2, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

    RBear charitably imagines these dimbulbs can understand satire.

  • SJB
    March 2, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

    Hmmm....who's the bully here?

  • drs01
    March 2, 2018 at 10 a.m.

    Freddie Fudgepacker wins!!!

  • mrcharles
    March 2, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    Well, lower primates dont worry , huck's little friend the great Vietnam war hero [ Uncle joe says he skipped that just like Dick the dick cheney did, he had other stuff to do] the motor city madman thed nugget will severely chastise you with great vengeance and moral authority. For amusement you can see many of his videos on President Obama and HRC, being a respectful right winger that he is.

    arkteacher, praise be to "up there" none of my family has been exposed to the hate , which I assume is from your inadequacies. I would refer you to St Paul, a man who must have smoked a lot of agriculture with all those visions, he who would not lie , that who runs this world is the ancient serpent.

    DDK, "Oh the power of money [ elities like trump & his syndicate] and ignorance [ most gop voters] . Thank you pointing out why the gop is often successful.

    Wonder if is true as is often shown by the right , that those who squeal the loudest are the ones with the itch.

    another slam dunk by rbear and, yeah ,in your face, boltar who inhabit the world outside the bubble of Sean hannity's daily shovel of BS mountain

    By the way i wonder about david and jonathan relationship.