Huck Goes Rogue–
Former Governor Mike Huckabee lashed out at the NRSC last night in a call with Missouri pastors. The Arkansas politician called the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) a bunch of “union goons” for not supporting unelectable candidate Todd Akin.
This was retweeted by the Todd Akin campaign.
Mike Huckabee is the only major political figure supporting Todd Akin.
Now he’s calling those who oppose Akin as “goons.”
Mike Huckabee participated in a conference call Friday night with hundreds of Baptist pastors and Christian talk radio hosts in Missouri that was organized to coordinate a robust defense of Rep. Todd Akin as he faces pressure from Washington Republicans to drop his Senate bid against Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Akin told reporters in St. Louis today that he would not quit the race.
Speaking harshly about establishment Republicans who have tried to force Akin from the Missouri race, Huckabee at one point compared the National Republican Senatorial Committee to “union goons” who “kneecap” their enemies.
The former Arkansas governor said party bosses were “opening up rounds and rounds” of ammunition on Akin and “then running over with tanks and trucks and leaving him to be ravaged by the other side.”
‚??This is unprecedented, to see to this orchestrated attempt to humiliate and devastate a fellow Republican,‚?Ě Huckabee said of Akin, who has deep ties to the Christian conservative movement. Akin spent Thursday in Florida meeting with evangelical leaders and evaluating his political future.
Huckabee said he spoke directly with NRSC officials this week and was assured that they would begin to dial back their offensive against Akin. He said party officials specifically told him they would stop pressuring Akin‚??s consultants and campaign vendors to drop the congressman as a client.
A Republican source provided CNN with the dial-in information for the call, which was convened by Don Hinkle, the editor of ‚??The Pathway,‚?? a publication of the Missouri Baptist Convention.