Mike Huckabee resigned from the Country Music Association just one day after he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. The announcement took place on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the Country Music Association revealed that Huckabee's resignation was immediately accepted by the heads. On Wednesday, Huckabee's appointment drew criticisms especially since the association previously said that it wants to stay out of politics. Huckabee used to be the governor of Arkansas.
Mike Huckabee's Resignation Letter
Got home from 28 hour trip from Taipei that lasted longer than my time on CMA Foundation board. Read my FULL letter of resignation and see that "Hate Wins" and bullies care about themselves than kids needing music. https://t.co/uDzMD6NbFc — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 2, 2018
On his Twitter account, Huckabee also posted a copy of his lengthy resignation letter. He revealed that he was on a plane from Taipei that lasted for 28 hours. Huckabee said that this was much longer than his appointment as a member of the Country Music Association's Board of Directors.
Huckabee revealed that he has decided to resign after he received threats about artists and managers pulling out of the Country Music Association.
"All of us have deep passions about our beliefs. I do about mine. But I hate no one. I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me," wrote Huckabee.
In his resignation latter, Huckabee also thanked the Country Music Association for believing that he has something positive to contribute to them.
Jason Owen Slams Mike Huckabee
Jason Owen, who represents Kacey Musgraves, Faith Hill, and Little Big Town, called Huckabee's appointment as offensive.
"I have a child and two on the way. This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant," said Owen.
The music manager is openly gay, and he said that Huckabee has spoken negatively about the kind of family he has, and it has left a negative impact on him, as well as the young people living in America.
Huckabee has been aligned with President Donald Trump. He is also a supporter of the arts, and he once wrote an op-ed piece to show his support for the National Endowment for the Arts. However, majority of the country artists and managers are not pleased with his recent assignment because of his controversial stands on gay marriage and gun control.