LITTLE ROCK — A former Republican presidential candidate has created a super PAC to oppose Mike Huckabee’s second presidential bid, saying he wants to educate voters about Huckabee’s "horrific record as governor of Arkansas."

LITTLE ROCK — A former Republican presidential candidate has created a super PAC to oppose Mike Huckabee’s second presidential bid, saying he wants to educate voters about Huckabee’s "horrific record as governor of Arkansas."


Truth Squad 2016 is the creation of Fred Karger of Los Angeles, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Karger is a political consultant, gay rights activist and former Hollywood actor who appeared in "Airport 1975" and "Rich Man, Poor Man."


The super PAC said in a news release Friday it is "the first super PAC formed specifically to oppose a Republican candidate for president in 2016" and pledged to "help those whose lives were forever changed by Governor Huckabee’s actions tell their stories."


The release includes excerpts from a Seattle Times interview with Kim Renninger, widow of Sgt. Mark Renninger, one of four police officers killed in Parkland, Wash., in 2009 by Maurice Clemmons, who had been paroled in Arkansas. Clemmons had been sentenced to 108 years in prison in Arkansas, but in 2000 Huckabee shortened his sentence, making him eligible for parole.


Renninger told the newspaper she wants to hold Huckabee accountable by telling her story because, although he was not the only person involved in Clemmons’ release — the state Parole Board had unanimously recommended that Huckabee grant executive clemency, and it ultimately voted to release Clemmons on parole — "the person who got this ball rolling was Huckabee."


Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart responded in a statement, "SuperPACs are typically funded by powerful Washington and Wall Street elites, and no one is a bigger threat to them than Gov. Huckabee, an outsider fighting for Main Street Americans. It’s heartbreaking that these widows are being exploited for the political benefit of these secret-agenda-driven SuperPAC donors. This is Washington-DC-style, gutter politics at its worst."


Stewart said Huckabee’s heart grieves for the four slain police officers. She also pointed out that the Parole Board members who voted to release Clemmons were all appointed by former Democratic governors Bill Clinton and Jim Guy Tucker.


Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. In 2008, he finished second to Arizona Sen. John McCain in the Republican presidential primary race.


A super PAC in support of Huckabee’s campaign, Pursuing America’s Greatness, was created earlier this year.