Santorum campaign picks up Huck adviser

posted at 6:40 pm on July 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

It’s hard to remember, sometimes, just how many candidates remain in the GOP presidential primary race. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is one who is frequently lost in the crowd. Perhaps he ought to outspokenly criticize Rep. Michele Bachmann to generate some media attention. After all, Santorum is really not so far from former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the polls: Real Clear Politics shows their all-time polling averages are just 0.8 points apart — Pawlenty with 2.8 percent, Santorum with 2.0 percent.

As it is, instead, he recently picked up the aid of an adviser who helped another long-shot candidate win Iowa in 2008:

Mike Huckabee adviser Hogan Gidley will be taking on a new role, helping out Rick Santorum in Iowa.

With Huckabee out of the race, Gidley is heading to BrabenderCox, the firm that works on Santorum’s campaign, and Gidley will be working press for the former Pennsylvania senator while he fights for a slot at the Ames Straw Poll, and for the caucuses.

Don’t look for the connection to lead to an endorsement from Huck himself, however. The former governor of Arkansas has pledged to remain neutral in the GOP presidential contest, and he reiterated that pledge in a statement about Gidley’s shift to the Santorum campaign.

But Santorum does resemble Huckabee in one very obvious way: His name is practically synonymous with “social conservative.” The campaign reports his grassroots momentum continues to build, with endorsements from social conservative leaders George Fellendorf and Ellen Kolb in New Hampshire. Like Pawlenty and Bachmann, Santorum has been highly active in Iowa, visiting more than 50 cities there. A strong performance in the Aug. 11 Fox News debate might boost his ranking in the Ames Straw Poll Aug. 13.

 


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The same guy who’s average 2.3% in all polls conducted in July?

steebo77 on July 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Oh – um – well gee – that’s really good. Wait – what?

jake-the-goose on July 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Santorum’s a stalking horse for Buddy Roemer.

Bugler on July 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Hey, wait a minute! I know that guy. That’s Jazz Shaw!

Emperor Norton on July 25, 2011 at 6:57 PM

who cares?

bridgetown on July 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

C’mon, Tina. This isn’t worth of blog entry.

Did K-Lo at NR get to you? Santorum is DOA.

mankai on July 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM

SantorZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.

portlandon on July 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Santorum… all of the popularity of Huntsman… None of the RINOcity…

phreshone on July 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Santorum with 2.0 percent.

Margin of error +/- 3.0%

mankai on July 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

It’s a shame that the real Conservatives seem to have such a poor popularity with …

Conservatives!

hawkdriver on July 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

The nextPOTUS is just waiting in the tall grass, watching the zebras chill out at the ole’ watering hole. And the next POTUS is watching said zebras, analyzing which is the most vulnerable. When the time is right, he she will strike, going after the prey with breathtaking focus and efficiency.

Chewy the Lab on July 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM

The one who’ll beat the One in 2012 has not entered the race, yet.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2011 at 7:11 PM

You know what I like…

… it is the coordinated, never ending assault attack ads by all of the GOP candidates against Obowma.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

…forgot to add…and then, it’s on to the next zebra. Unless she endorses her fellow lion from Texas. If that’s the case, there is no question of the outcome, because the lioness’s claws don’t have to be sheathed one.little.bit!

Chewy the Lab on July 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

It’s a shame that the real Conservatives seem to have such a poor popularity with …

Conservatives!

hawkdriver on July 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Santorum is social conservative first and last. To put it delicately, that’s a matter for the past and perhaps for the future. The vital objective of the present is a battlefield where he is not particularly inspiring. Though, I suppose, neither is Romney.

Also conservatives are a lot like liberals in some ways. For example, they tend to command less respect when they lost their last election and it was five years ago.

HitNRun on July 25, 2011 at 7:20 PM

It’s a shame that the real Conservatives seem to have such a poor popularity with …

Conservatives!

hawkdriver on July 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

It’s not conservatives, just the Palin crowd.

Dreadnought on July 25, 2011 at 7:45 PM

HitNRun on July 25, 2011 at 7:20 PM

If you peruse the threads here, you’ll find nothing but mostly contempt for Conservatives. The Republican Party itself can blame themselves for Santorum losing his last election. He was a solid party voter and had, (and still does) and unimpeachable character. He was deserted by the party for the critisisms he received for supporting the DOMA and “comment” in an interview. What he is quoted as saying is still patently fabricated.

he does not pander to progressive social issues that a lot of Republicans push these days. Like Bachmann, that makes either one of them a “nutcase” in their progressive minds. If we can’t elect true Conservatives now, we never will again.

hawkdriver on July 25, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Santorum campaign picks up Huck adviser

Wait…

You say that like it is a GOOD thing.

LegendHasIt on July 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM

But Santorum does resemble Huckabee in one very obvious way: His name is practically synonymous with “social conservative.”

Again:

Wait.
.
.
WHAT??????

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

LegendHasIt on July 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

hawkdriver on July 25, 2011 at 7:46 PM

From where I sat in Pennsylvania, Santorum lost because of his conservatism, not in spite of it, in 2006, a very blue year in a purple state. (Also, he was going up against an insurgent Bob Casey Jr, whose family is sort of like Pennsylvania’s version of the Kennedys or Murkowskis, a scenario I hope won’t go on very much longer).

I’m sure your characterization of Republicans’ handling of him is correct, and I’m sure he would make a good President. I just doubt you could get more than 40% of the population to feel the same way. If he was a lucid advocate on fiscal or economic issues, it would be different, but that doesn’t seem to be what animates him.

HitNRun on July 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

For some reason they’re still scared to attack him.

mankai on July 25, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Santorum’s a stalking horse for Buddy Roemer.

Bugler on July 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

All part of the grand scheme of Buddy’s campaign manager, Dire Straits!!!

Gohawgs on July 26, 2011 at 2:56 AM

HitNRun on July 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Until last year, I was a PA voter myself.

hawkdriver on July 26, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Rick who? I googled him, but the site was blocked by my firewall. (jk)

DailyDanet on July 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM