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10/11/2012 05:22 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Jon Hubbard Accuses Governor Of Arkansas Of 'Nazi-Style Political Intimidation'

The Republican Arkansas state legislator, who created a firestorm with past writings in which he says slavery may have been a "blessing," has accused the Democratic governor and state attorney general of "Nazi-style political intimidation."

State Rep. Jon Hubbard (R-Jonesboro) wrote a letter to The Jonesboro Sun, published Thursday, saying Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel are leading a "Democratic political machine" opposing Hubbard, and two other legislative candidates whose writing also has recently led to controversy.

Hubbard accused Beebe and McDaniel of trying to destroy a fundraiser for state legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua (R). In a new book, Fuqua proposed establishing the death penalty for rebellious children and sterilizing those stripped of their parental rights, along with suggesting that all Muslims be deported.

Hubbard also said Beebe and McDaniel have hurt state Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck), who has written a series of letters defending slavery and comparing Lincoln and Civil War generals to Nazis.

He claimed Beebe and McDaniel are hurting state legislative candidate John Hutchison (R), too, but did not say why.

From the letter: (Fox16.com posted Hubbard's letter to The Jonesboro Sun, which posted the letter behind its paywall.)

Look at what this Democrat political machine is doing to me, Loy Mauch, Charles Fuqua and now also to John Hutchinson. I think the scariest part of this is how they have mobilized and orchestrated their army to destroy Charles Fuqua’s fundraiser, which was scheduled for Tuesday night in Batesville, by having their people call the restaurant and threaten to protest if that fundraiser was allowed to take place. As a result, the restaurant owner called Charles Fuqua and canceled his fundraiser.

Regardless of one’s political persuasion, this reeks of Nazi-style political intimidation, and it will grow totally out of control if allowed to run unchecked. Is this what we want here in Jonesboro, in Arkansas or in the United States of America?

Hubbard made the claims regarding slavery in a 2010 book, as first reported by the Arkansas Times and defended the comments in an interview Tuesday with The Jonesboro Sun.

Hubbard, Fuqua and Mauch did not return calls for comment. Beebe said that Hubbard is trying to shift the blame from himself with the letter, kait8.com reports.

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