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Friday, January 11, 2008

The pro-Huckabee "pastor's conferences" + Using the churches in Michigan

In the week before the last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses, there was a "pastor's conference" in Iowa which was addressed by only one presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. Presumably, those preachers then went back to their church to spread the barely legal gospel of political endorsement.

I only mention this because a similar "pastor's conference" is now scheduled in Florida, just before the last Sunday before the Florida primaries. (Newt Gingrich has also been at both.)

Later: CNN has a piece which includes some of Huckabee's efforts among the evangelical community in Michigan.
They plan to call every evangelical pastor in the state over the next few days. Those ministers can't endorse any candidate from the pulpit -- but they can tell their parishioners that "it's their Christian duty," to turn out on primary day, said Glenn. "And we know who they'll be voting for."

To help drive that message home, thousands of volunteers will be dropping leaflets and waving signs in church parking lots across Michigan this Sunday. Glenn says there will also be several news conferences across the state through the January 15 vote featuring groups of pastors announcing their personal support for Huckabee, an organized wave of callers into Michigan's Christian radio stations, and phone trees targeting the state's largest churches from within.



  • It will be interesting to see how this affects the primary. With MI being an open primary, will the traditional "black" churches also come out for Huck, or is his appeal more white than christian?

    Of course I don't think any church should be tax exempt, and this sort of politicking in the name of God just sends me up a wall.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:27 AM  

  • EPM, add to the fact that there really isn't a Dem primary with Clinton being the only major on the ballot.

    This is so close to the border, but not violating the law.

    (Always what we look for in our moral leaders, eh?)

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:02 PM  

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