Huckabee Defends 'Wedding' Gift Registry

NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 12:16 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee today angrily defended a gift registry that was set up to help furnish his new home.  The governor says the registry was put together by his wife's friends for a housewarming party.

Huckabee says he does not know the friends who set up the gift registry and that he did not know the names of the friends who hosted a housewarming party for which the registry was intended.  The Huckabees are to move into a new home in North Little Rock when they leave the Governor's Mansion in January.

Huckabee is considering a run for president.

Huckabee said the registries at the Target and Dillard's Web sites were set up as wedding registries because there was no separate category for housewarming parties.

Huckabee spoke at a business event this morning in Little Rock.  He criticized news outlets for reporting on the gift registry and said he felt he and his wife were being unfairly portrayed.

The governor says he and his wife have not solicited the gifts.

Arkansas law prohibits public service from accepting any gift worth more than $100, unless the gift is conferred "on account of a bona fide personal, professional or business relationship" independent of the recipient's official status.

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