Monday, December 10, 2007

Gifts solicited for Gov. Huckabee Housewarming

Gifts solicited for Gov. Huckabee Housewarming to ease "transition," spokesman says.
Warwick Sabin

Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, are registered for home furnishing gifts at Target and Dillard’s department stores as they prepare to leave the Governor’s Mansion in January and move into a house they recently purchased in North Little Rock.

Gifts requested at Dillard’s for Janet and Mike Huckabee include 24 place settings of Lenox “Holiday Nouveau” china and stemware (from $14 to $40 a piece), Biddeford bed linens (king and queen bed skirts from $89 to $99), an oval pot rack ($60), an asparagus pot ($30), a KitchenAid mixer ($300) and a Jack LaLanne power juicer ($100).

The Jack LaLanne juicer is also on the Target list, along with a Kitchen Essentials 12-piece cookware set ($250) and cookie sheet ($20), Fieldcrest bed linens (from $30 to $144), rugs (from $25 to $150), and table linens, potholders and kitchen towels (from $2 to $13) and more.

Target’s registry also notes: “Message from the couple: Target GiftCards are welcome.” They can be purchased in amounts from $10 to $1,000.

The story broke Friday on our Arkansas Daily Blog ( We requested, but did not receive, a comment from the Huckabees. For one thing, though registries seemed to be set up for the governor and his wife, nothing on the registries said so explicitly.

Stephens Media followed our story that day and confirmed through the governor’s press spokesperson that the registries were indeed for the Huckabees, reportedly set up by “friends” of the first lady to help her make the “transition” to private life. The Stephens account said:

The term-limited governor leaves office in January, and friends of Janet Huckabee created the registries at Dillard’s and Target stores to help facilitate their transition to private life, Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart said Friday.

The Huckabees purchased a 7,000-square-foot home in North Little Rock this year.

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