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Huckabee Raises Some Eyebrows (and some Wamp scoffing)

There were signs that the Republican big tent is fraying at the Statesmen’s Dinner, though the theme was unity and about $500,000 was raised, reports Andy Sher.
Even the choice of the dinner’s keynote speaker — former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential nominee Mike Huckabee — raised some eyebrows.
Huckabee supported U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., in the 3rd Congressional District 2010 GOP primary. This year, the freshman Chattanooga lawmaker faces spirited challenges from Weston Wamp, of Chattanooga, and Scottie Mayfield, of Athens.
Last week, Huckabee appeared in a new Fleischmann television ad, and they were set to tour the 3rd District before Fleischmann had to cancel so he could get back to Washington for an unexpected vote.
In a statement two days before Huckabee’s speech, Wamp scoffed that “Mike Huckabee’s credibility in Tennessee’s 3rd District is questionable based on his long-standing relationship with Chuck Fleischmann’s chief of staff and political operative, Chip Saltsman.”
He said Huckabee’s “public support of Chuck Fleischmann is a prime example of the ‘back-scratching’ that is part of the problem in Washington.”
Saltsman, a former state GOP chairman, was national manager of Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Neither Wamp nor Mayfield attended the Statesmen’s Dinner.
Huckabee, now a talk show host on Fox News, devoted most of his speech to criticizing President Obama and praising presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Huckabee did urge attendees to “enthusiastically” make sure “Mitt Romney is our next president, [U.S. Sen.] Bob Corker returns to the Senate [and] these outstanding members of your congressional delegation.”
But he didn’t mention any congressman by name.
Republican Lou Ann Zelenik, who is battling to defeat U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., in the 6th District primary, said she didn’t take any offense.
“He’s just bringing his great inspiring message here, and I love him,” she said.
Devaney said he invited Huckabee because he won the 2008 GOP presidential primary in Tennessee, was available to speak and is a popular host on Fox News.
“We had our thing booked first and they [Fleischmann campaign] decided to do, I guess, this endorsement tour,” Devaney said. “But ours was booked first. No, there wasn’t any coordination.”
Fleischmann said he had nothing to do with Huckabee’s invitation to speak at the dinner. He said he doesn’t see his rivals running because they object to his conservative stances on fiscal and social issues.

Huckabee Targets Obama at Republican Statesman’s Dinner

Republican unity was the theme at the Tennessee GOP’s Statesman’s Dinner fundraiser Saturday and keynote speaker Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News talk show host, focused on one thing the party faithful agree upon — Barack Obama.

From the Tennessean report
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Huckabee’s speech at the state GOP’s biggest fundraiser of the year was almost entirely centered on the November general election. The speech, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, also included sharp rebukes of President Barack Obama and his policies.
Specifically, Huckabee questioned the Obama administration’s attitude toward the country’s industry.
When talking to the media before he spoke to Republican supporters, the 2008 presidential hopeful said that Obama is hostile toward American businessmen.
“I don’t understand why, other than he’s never experienced putting everything he has on the line and nursing a business to health,” he said.
He also criticized the administration’s calls for presumptive candidate Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns publicly.
“I’m not so much concerned about what Mitt Romney makes,” he said during his speech, instead saying he was more concerned about the federal government’s financial state than anything else
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Note: See also the TNReport, which includes video. And Stephen Hale, who was mistaken for a waiter at the event, came away with video and commentary.

Huckabee Rally With Fleishmann Canceled; TV Ad, Statesmen’s Dinner Continue

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann canceled campaign rallies with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Thursday, but Huckabee is still the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Republican Party’s leading fundraiser of the year, the “Statesman’s Dinner” in Nashville.
Huckabee is also appearing in Fleishmann’s latest TV commercial. In it, Huckabee describes Fleischmann as “a good man… a devoted husband and father, a committed man of faith.”
Fleischmann said he would attempt to reschedule a campaign event with Huckabee later. The Thursday events were scrapped when the House scheduled a vote on the U.S. Department of Defense budget for Thursday evening, creating a time conflict for the congressman.
It’s a bit unusual for the keynote speaker at the Statesman’s Dinner to be publicly backing a candidate in a hotly-contested Republican congressional primary. Tickets for the fundraiser at the Opryland Resort Hotel start at $250 and go up to $10,000.
Huckabee, who now hosts a show on Fox News Network, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and carried Tennessee before losing the election to Sen. John McCain. Chip Saltsman, who managed Fleischmann’s 2010 campaign for Congress and then served as his chief of staff, was Huckabee’s campaign manager in the 2008 presidential race.
Fleischman’s best-financed primary opponetns are Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp.

Huckabee to Keynote State GOP’s ‘Statesmen’s Dinner’

News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN – The 36th Annual Tennessee Republican Party Statesmen’s Dinner will be held on Saturday, July 21st at Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville. Headlining this year’s event is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
“Governor Huckabee has been a solid, conservative voice in politics for many years. We are thrilled to have him share his message with us as we approach what is undoubtedly one of the most crucial elections of our lifetime,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
Governor Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit HUCKABEE on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations. He’s also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report syndicated on almost 600 stations, and has been the fastest growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years.

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Huckabee Signs Books at Knoxville (No Registration Was Required)

Potential Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made another visit to Knoxville, this time for a book-signing event, reports Georgiana Vines…. And it turns out that the fundraising event where he spoke last time had not registered for fundraising as required by state law.
The organization that benefited from the Feb. 14 fundraiser, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, was not registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office at the time. The center offers anti-abortion program on campuses.
(The $75 per person event drew a crowd of about 700. Prior post HERE.)
Fletcher Armstrong, the Southeast region director based in Knoxville, said he had received an inquiry from the Secretary of State’s Office and referred the matter to the national organization. “I didn’t realize it had to be done,” he said.

As for the book-signing:
Mike Holland, store manager, said (Huckabee) started signing books shortly thereafter and estimated Thursday that “several hundred” were there throughout the evening. He also had a book signing at the store in November 2009 where he was mobbed.
During a slow period Wednesday night, Huckabee talked with journalists covering the event. He said he is still trying to weigh support for a presidential candidacy. He said he has not “taken any action” toward setting up a committee to explore a run for the president because that would affect contracts he has with ABC Radio and Fox News.
The book gives him an opportunity to weigh his strength, he said. And how is the book doing?
“Excellent,” he replied. For one thing, “it’s No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list (hard cover for advice).”