First Lady Blasts Media over Gift Registry Furor

NOVEMBER 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Huckabee says he's decided that gift registries set up to help furnish his family's new home drew attention because opponents couldn't attack him on his record as governor.

Huckabee made the remark last night on the Arkansas Educational Television Network call-in program, ``Arkansans Ask,'' after his wife, first lady Janet Huckabee, had defended the gift registries earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, a private group that supports her current home, the governor's mansion, said it gave her $7,500 worth of china and crystal to recognize her service in raising money to improve the mansion.

The Huckabees were listed on wedding registries at Target stores and the Dillard's department store chain. The governor said his wife's friends established the registries for a housewarming party, which was held Tuesday night.

Janet Huckabee wondered in an interview with The Associated Press yesterday if people had never heard of a housewarming. She said she and her husband could afford to buy furnishings for the house, but that's not the point. She said her friends were excited that the couple is getting ready to move into a new home and they wanted to do something nice for the Huckabees.

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