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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:51 pm 
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While visiting HuckPAC's home page, I saw this politico article featured. Maybe it's already been posted here, but I really liked it.

By ANDY BARR | 2/1/11 11:13 AM EST Updated: 2/2/11 5:05 AM EST

Huckabee weighed his 2012 decision during a recent duck hunting trip with some of his top political lieutenants, POLITICO has learned.

Huckabee hosted the duck hunt for several of his closest friends and advisers, including Hogan Gidley, the executive director of HuckPAC, and Chip Saltsman, who managed his 2008 campaign – both of whom are positioned to take senior roles on a potential presidential run.

Naturally, the conversation turned frequently to 2012 and whether the former Arkansas governor should run.

“I encouraged him to really take a hard look at running,” Saltsman said of Huckabee. "Although the primary would be tough and require a lot of hard work, I think he could win the nomination and the general election.”

“He is the one guy who excites our base and is well liked by independents,” added Saltsman, who travels frequently between Arkansas and Washington, where he serves as chief of staff for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.).

Huckabee bagged his limit for the hunt held outside the town of Stuttgart, Ark., known locally as the "Duck and Rice Capital of the World."

Gidley, the current head of Huckabee’s political operation, acknowledged that the three talked strategy, but contended it didn’t represent the beginning of any sort of formal process.

“Many of the governor’s closest friends and political advisors attend the duck hunt,” Gidley said. “The main purpose of the trip was to hunt ducks – but when the host is leading most national polls for president, and the attendees have lifetimes of political experience, 2012 is going to be a serious topic of discussion.”

Huckabee has for years blended friends and politics as part of his frequent hunts – Saltsman and Huckabee first bonded while duck hunting after Bill Frist, Saltsman’s ex-boss, dropped his presidential ambitions in 2006.

Gidley's dog, Toddy, is the daughter of Huckabee's dog and said to be the envy of the group — though many in the hunting party are particularly fond of the governor's. The name, Toddy, is short for "Hotty Toddy," a reference to the Ole' Miss fight song. Gidley is an alum.

Even for their dogs, the loyalty is in the family! One sign of a good leader is having loyal advisers and friends. Another might be bagging one's limit. :wink:


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