Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who won the 2008 presidential primary in Georgia, just issued his formal endorsement of Nathan Deal in the race for governor.
Though he doesn’t mention Deal’s rival, Karen Handel, by name, Huckabee expressed concern over the “negative tone” of the contest.
A Huckabee spokesman said no personal trip to Georgia is planned at this time — though you can expect to hear Huckabee’s voice on robo-calls placed throughout the state.
We now have a full-on proxy war. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have sided with Handel. If only John McCain weren’t tied down by his own Arizona race.
Here’s what Huckabee said from Little Rock:
“Like many across the country I’ve been watching this race develop for some time; and as of late I’ve become increasingly concerned by the negative tone the race is taking.
“And today, I’m pleased to announce that Huck PAC and I proudly endorse Nathan Deal for Governor.
“I developed a relationship with Nathan while he was in Congress, and I was serving as Governor of Arkansas. Nathan was helping Governor’s nationwide fight the overreaching arm of the federal government. At the time, the federal government was forcing expensive Medicaid reform on states – but refusing to fund it. Nathan clearly understood that those federal mandates into healthcare would bankrupt states’ budgets, so he stood firm by the Governors and fought to protect the states.
“The only difference between the federal government’s overreaching arm then as compared to its overreaching arm now – is that now, it’s bigger, stronger and more arrogant. The power of the federal government has exploded in the past two years – and as the federal government grows increasingly intrusive, Nathan will continue protecting the rights of all Georgians.
“He wasn’t afraid of a fight then and he’s not afraid of a fight now. Nathan is battle tested – and that’s what Georgia needs now more than ever.
“As Georgia’s Governor, Nathan would not only support a Fair Tax, he’d champion it – having been a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax since its introduction to Congress. It was also important to me that a man I deeply respect, Georgia Congressman John Linder, also supports Nathan. The National Rifle Association and Georgia Right to Life have endorsed Nathan, and he believes marriage can only be defined as being between one man and one woman.
“Please join me in supporting Nathan Deal, let’s make him Georgia’s next Governor.”