Huckabee resigns from CMA board one day after appointment

Sandbox Entertainment represents popular artists in country music including Faith Hill. Owens said he couldn't support Huckabee's appointment because of his anti-LGBT views. The

Sandbox Entertainment represents popular artists in country music including Faith Hill. Owens said he couldn't support Huckabee's appointment because of his anti-LGBT views. The

Former Arkansas governor, Twitter abuser, and occasional fat guy Mike Huckabee has resigned from the board of the Country Music Association Foundation after his election was "swiftly criticized in the music community", according to the Associated Press.

Others soon joined the chorus, sending similar emails to Trahern expressing their anger over the choice of Huckabee, who hasopenly likened gay marriage to incest, has referred to homosexuality as a sin and once escorted former Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, who refused marriage licenses to same-sex couples, out of jail (in a bit of quid pro quo, one of the very men she denied, David Ermold, ultimately was elected to take her job).

Huckabee stepped down yesterday after facing mounting criticism from several members of the country music industry and fans regarding his stance on LGBT issues.

'Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is.

Writing in a letter of resignation, Huckabee who has made his stance on LGBT issues clear in recent years, said that some had "bullied" him out of the appointments with threats of boycotts and the reversal of support.

In a letter obtained by Hits Daily Double addressed to CMA officials, Sandbox Entertainment and Monument Records head, Jason Owen, said his artists would no longer support the CMA Foundation in any way due to Huckabee's appointment. What a shameful choice.

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Country music executive and longtime board member Joe Galante said Huckabee was chosen because his political knowledge could've helped the CMA Foundation. Though no statement has yet been released from Huckabee's team, those involved with the CMA have been more than outspoken in their frustration.

"What a awful disappointment to see [the CMA Foundation's] mission clouded by the decision to align with someone who so frequently engages in the language of racism, sexism, and bigotry", Pastorek told CMA executives, according to the Tennessean.

However, many conservatives are concerned about the sway the country music group has on America's youth - and its strategic position to influence them within school gates.

"Got home from 28 hour trip from Taipei that lasted longer than my time on CMA Foundation board", he wrote, adding that "bullies" care more about themselves than "kids needing music".

A philanthropic arm of the CMA, the CMA FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), and invests proceeds from the annual CMA FEST toward programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps, and with community outreach organizations.

"Gov. Huckabee led an impressive administration while serving the state of Arkansas, and his policy experience with education reform is something we are fortunate to be able to learn from", Galante stressed, according to The Hill.

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