Mike Huckabee Leaves Country Music Board After Criticism

Mar 1, 2018

File photo of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee filing to run for president at the Arkansas State Capitol on Nov. 2, 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has resigned from the board for the Country Music Association Foundation after his election was swiftly criticized in the music community.

On Wednesday, Huckabee was announced as a new member of board of the directors for the charitable arm of the association that runs the annual CMA Awards and the CMA Festival.

Within 24 hours, a prominent artist manager sent a letter to the foundation calling Huckabee's election "grossly offensive" due to his political opinions and associations with the National Rifle Association.

Jason Owen, who leads Sandbox Management representing artists like Little Big Town, Faith Hill and Kacey Musgraves, said in the letter that his clients would no longer support the foundation.

The CMA said Thursday that Huckabee resigned immediately. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.