Veteran Arkansas news reporter James Jefferson, now with the Arkansas News Bureau, takes us back to ten years ago yesterday, when Mike Huckabee became governor amid some chaos surrounding Jim Guy Tucker's resignation.
The article evolved into a reflection on Huckabee's tenure as governor.
"I'm not sure if I thought 10 years ago I would have gone through two terms," said the Baptist preacher and former pastor who stepped out of the pulpit and into the political arena. "But it didn't take long into those early months and certainly the first year or so that I realized that this was a wonderful job and a great opportunity, and that I could serve more effectively and, frankly, with a greater level of fulfillment than had I been elected to the U.S. Senate."
In a separate article, Jefferson explores Huckabee's GOP legacy.