Email sent on March 7th 2008

It seems as if winter is chasing me wherever I go! It’s snowing hard in Little Rock today–in March, for heaven’s sake! After spending the past few months mostly in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and other “snow states,” I thought we’d seen the last of winter. But NO–it snowed in Texas and now in Little Rock. I would head to South Florida, but would hate to cause a snowstorm in Miami.

I want to thank all of you for the incredible encouragement that you’ve been giving to Janet and me these past few days. We read the blogs daily and get such a lift from the thoughtful and gracious things people are saying. It really does overwhelm us with gratitude.

While many of our staff have left to find jobs and to head to wherever home is for a while, a few are still in the office trying to pack things up and go through the process of closing the doors. This will take a while–we weren’t planning on this, but rather had planned on not closing until January of 2009.

We will keep the website active, although it may be updated on a more limited basis instead of hourly–we will communicate with you what’s next. We are trying to formulate the plans for transitioning into an effort to work to help the cause in this year’s elections and then to continue having an impact on policy and issues beyond.

One thing I’m convinced of–you have worked too hard and made too many sacrifices for us to just “quit.” That’s not an option for any of us. The reason we all worked so hard is to make a better future for coming generations–as I often said, this isn’t about just the next election, but the next generation. That battle is far from over.

I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to find the bottom of my desk, make calls, and re-connect with our “boys” (the 3 dogs–Jet, Sonic, and Toby) who haven’t seen much of us the past few months. We are trying to find some time to get away for a few days, but not sure when or where just yet. There’s still a lot of things to get done right now.

One of my immediate concerns is for our incredible staff. Pray for them that they will all find good jobs soon. Many gave up very good careers to come to work for us at a fraction of their salaries. They have worked 20 hour days for months without rest or vacation. One of my priorities is to make sure they land on their feet. We have some amazing people with truly remarkable gifts.

I will keep in touch through the website and hope to be able to announce in the near future some plans that will hopefully keep us all connected for what the future might still hold. I do not for one moment believe that our mission has been accomplished–just started. I hope you feel the same. We may be delayed, but not deterred!

I appreciate you all more than I have the capacity to communicate. Have a great weekend. Janet and I will be in our own church for the first time in a long time and that will be great.

Now, it’s time to get back to sorting through months of things that have been stacking up and watching the snow makes me think I’m back in Iowa! God bless you all!

With deep love for all,

Mike Huckabee

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