"The way Club for Growth works is ... you write them a big check and say, 'I want you to attack Tommy Thompson,' they'll be happy to do it. That's pay for play, and I find it disgusting," Huckabee said when he appeared with Thompson in December
Former state Solicitor general Ted Cruz
, one of Dewhurst's opponents in Texas, has received more high profile national conservative endorsements (including the Club, DeMint, FreedomWorks
, and Sen. Mike Lee
, R-Utah), despite failing to even register much in the limited live-caller public polling of the race that has been released publicly.
Even before 2011-2012, Huckabee's PAC and the Club have been on opposite sides of a GOP primary. In 2010, the former governor donated money to Carroll Campbell III
in his race against now-Rep. Tim Scott
, R-S.C., who was backed by the Club . Members of the Campbell family endorsed
Huckabee's presidential bid in 2008.
Huckabee also backed Rep. Charles Fleischmann
, R-Tenn., last cycle; his GOP primary opponent (Robin Smith
) was backed by the Club. Fleischmann and Huckabee shared a common link: Chip Saltsman
managed the former's congressional bid and the latter's White House bid.
Huckabee and the Club were also on opposite sides in Oklahoma's fifth district and South Carolina's third district last cycle.