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HUCK PAC ANSWERS FALSE ACCUSATIONS MADE ABOUT GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE

by Press Team

Little Rock, AR – Huck PAC Executive Director, Hogan Gidley released the following statement:

Just two days before the Florida Republican Gubernatorial primary, a political blogger in Florida falsely accused Governor Mike Huckabee of approaching the Rick Scott campaign and making “overtures that his endorsement could be had for $250,000 dollars.”

The blogger went on to say that his “source is inside the Scott campaign and cannot be disclosed.”

Let me be perfectly clear, Governor Mike Huckabee has never had a conversation with Rick Scott or anyone on his staff about such matters. In fact, at the time the Scott campaign claims this was being discussed, Governor Huckabee had already early voted for Bill McCollum.

Governor Huckabee only endorses who he believes will be the best person for the position – and in this case, that’s Florida gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum. This lie from a mysterious source within the Rick Scott campaign shows how dishonest and desperate his campaign is.

If Rick Scott made this claim, he needs to publically and immediately admit this is total lie – and if he didn’t say it, he needs to fire whichever member of his campaign staff said it.

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huckabeeHuckabee Endorsement For Sale?

By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

According to local political activist Nick Egoroff, there is a disturbing report that Mike Huckabee was shopping his endorsement for the Florida Governor’s race.

In a blog that Egoroff maintains, he states that he was told by a Rick Scott campaign staff member that Huckabee contacted them with an offer for his endorsement.  A price of $250,000 was mentioned in this exchange.

According to Egoroff’s recount of his conversation with the Scott campaign staffer, it was Rick Scott who put the nix on any such deal.

The report as posted:

Was Mike Huckabee Ready To Sell His Endorsement To Rick Scott for $250,000?

I have spoken with a reliable source telling me that a little over a week ago, Mike Huckabee approached the Rick Scott campaign and made overtures that his endorsement could be had for $250,000 dollars.

A heated exchange occurred between Rick Scott and his campaign staff whether to pay-for-play for Huckabee’s endorsement. Scott made the final call saying that, ‘we’re not going to have that kind of a campaign.’

My source is inside the Scott campaign and cannot be disclosed. Suffice to say they are on the payroll.

Once the offer was rejected, Mike Huckabee obliged establishment candidate Bill McCollum with the endorsement.

http://nickegorofforlandopoliticalactivist.blogspot.com/2010/08/was-mike-huckabee-ready-to-sell-his.html

As this is a serious allegation, and the source is not defined, it must be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.

However, when considering the potential impact of a Huckabee endorsement, it begs further investigation.  The natural question to ask is if Scott was offered his endorsement for a fee, was the Huckabee endorsement of Bill McCollum a result of a similiar offer?

As unlikely as this allegation may be, Florida voters deserve to know the truth before Tuesday’s primary election.

Tom Tillison

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