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The Huckster Endorses The Cooch

At this point this is old news, but I still wanted to comment on it. Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor/Presidential Candidate/Populist TV crusader has endorsed Ken Cuccinelli. From the Washington Post:

“Ken Cuccinelli is a rare breed of leader who boldly stands up for conservative principles,” Huckabee wrote in an email. “I would have been honored to have served alongside a leader like Ken.”

Huckabee mentioned that Cuccinelli is “pro-life” and drafted the Senate parental consent law, which passed in 2003, supports the Second Amendment and will fight for lower taxes and to slow down the growth of government.

“Virginia is blessed to have such a capable and proven leader like Ken,” Huckabee wrote. “I am committed to doing what I can to help make sure the people of Virginia have Ken as their next attorney general.”

It’s interesting to see Huckabee get involved in a downticket race in a purple state. As the “last man standing” amongst the more conservative (i.e. non-McCain) candidates, Huckabee earned a reputation as a kind hearted but opinionated populist. The odd thing is that Huckabee is not exactly a fiscal conservative–he earned the wrath of The Club for Growth for his actions during Arkansas own fiscal crisis. However, he is extremely popular right now and seems to be reforming on that front, particularly railing against the stimulus. Indeed, he was the talk of the bus on the trip to Richmond with AFP. 

Will the race for 2012 run right through Virginia, or is this simply a coup by the Cuccinelli campaign? Only time will tell. 

Also of note is the fact that Southwest Virginia was Huckabee’s strongest pocket of support in last year’s primary. Southwest Virginia is also believed to be Brownlee’s biggest base. Will the Huckster’s endorsement count? 

Again, time will tell.

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