Two days after drawing his first primary challenger since 2002, Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign announced an endorsement of his candidacy by former Arkansas governor and conservative figure Mike Huckabee.
In a four-page letter to supporters, Huckabee praises Alexander’s work as a senator and former governor and reminisces on their relationship working on political campaigns over the years. He also asks recipients to “pray for Lamar, vote for Lamar, and fill out the enclosed envelope and send it back with $10 or $15 or whatever amount you can afford.”
“I’ve known a lot of conservative Republicans in politics and government but no one I’ve admire[d] more than Lamar Alexander,” Huckabee writes. “For the good of our country, I am writing you to ask that you help him and ensure he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate.”
Huckabee, who carried Tennessee as a presidential candidate in the 2008 Republican primary, is no stranger to endorsements in Tennessee or in general. The conservative icon backed Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, with whom he shared a link through manager Chip Saltsman, in races in both 2010 and 2012.
Huckabee, a radio host, also runs a political action committee, which he started in 2008.
Toward the end of the letter, Huckabee encourages readers to make up their minds and support Alexander, rather than consider any arguments that might be leveled at the senator by opponents in coming months.
“I don’t get to vote in Tennessee. But if I did, I wouldn’t hesitate, and I wouldn’t listen to any distractions,” Huckabee writes.
With a $3.1 million war chest on-hand, Alexander is well-stocked at the one-year mark from the Aug. 7, 2014, primary. Joe Carr, who declared a primary bid against the senator Tuesday, has about $275,000 cash-on-hand.