Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign appearances for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Thursday may have been cancelled, but the Fox News host will be stumping for the congressman this weekend on television screens.
Huckabee, who offered his endorsement to Fleischmann in 2010, who appears in current mailers for the congressman and who has become a familiar voice in his bid for re-election, now appears in a 30-second ad for the congressman.
“My friend Chuck Fleischmann is a good man,” Huckabee says. “He’s a devoted husband and a committed man of faith.”
Huckabee then offers a short list of efforts made by the congressman during his first term, including voting “against Obamacare” and saving Tennessee $50 million by helping repeal an unfunded mandate on road signs. Huckabee makes no mention of his clear connection to the Fleischmann campaign through Chip Saltsman, who served as campaign manager for Huckabee’s failed 2008 presidential bid and who is currently on a leave of absence as Fleischmann’s chief of staff.
Huckabee is not the only prominent Republican to lend his support to Fleischmann in his contended bid for re-election. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Reps. Paul Ryan and Allen West have offered similar endorsements.
The ad comes less than two weeks before voters cast ballots in the 3rd District congressional primary. Fleischmann, a freshman representative, faces challenges from fellow Republicans Ron Bhalla, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, along with Democrats Bill Taylor and Dr. Mary Headrick.
Primaries are Aug. 2.