Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to campaign for Paul

09/22/2010 10:31 PM

Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas-governor-turned-Republican-presidential-candidate-turned-Fox-News-host, will campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul this weekend, the campaign announced Wednesday.

A two-sentence news release from the campaign said only that Huckabee would be in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 25. It did not list locations or specific events.

But a fundraiser invitation obtained by Pure Politics shows that Huckabee will be the headliner at a fundraiser for Paul at the Versailles home of Tracie and Bob Evans. The event has a $250 minimum per couple and donations of at least $1,000 per couple allow for photos with the former Arkansas governor.

Politico’s Morning Score reported on Sept. 10 that Huckabee planned to visit Kentucky this Saturday to formally endorse Paul and Republican congressional candidate Todd Lally. Lally is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in the 3rd congressional district that covers Louisville.

Last week, Huckabee and his political action committee — Huck PAC — endorsed Paul for the U.S. Senate seat … in Alaska, as reported by The Atlantic.

Huckabee ran for president in 2008 after serving from 1996 through 2006 as Arkansas’ governor. He now hosts a political show “Huckabee” on Fox News.

Huckabee will be the latest national figure to come into Kentucky this month on Paul’s behalf. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour headlined a fund-raiser in Northern Kentucky for Paul on Sunday.

Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, declined interview requests by the media, including the Kentucky Enquirer.

On Wednesday, he ran an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he makes the case that tea party candidates who have won Republican primaries should be embraced by the GOP.

Barbour didn’t mention Paul. But he praised Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for calling for Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to relinquish her GOP leadership for launching a write-in campaign after losing her Republican primary to Joe Miller.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin also helped Paul raise money at a luncheon in Louisville last week.

- Ryan Alessi


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