This morning, I saw some speculation out there that Rick Perry — who met with Nikki Haley today — was trying to get the endorsement of the fellow governor with who he shares one key friend: Eleanor Kitzman.
Well, I haven’t seen anything out of that yet, but he did come up with an announcement that might mean more to the more establishment types in the GOP: Speaker Bobby Harrell. Here’s the release:
House Speaker Bobby Harrell Joins South Carolina Legislators
Endorsing Rick Perry for President
AUSTIN – South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell today joined more than 20 other prominent South Carolina GOP leaders in endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president.
“Speaker Harrell is a proven conservative and respected leader,” said Gov. Perry. “His endorsement speaks to the growing support of our campaign and my conservative record, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of our South Carolina team as I continue to travel the nation sharing my vision for how we will get America working again.”
Gov. Perry has previously been endorsed by the following South Carolina GOP leaders:
- U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney
- State Commissioner Hugh Weathers
- Ambassador David Wilkins
- State Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, Cherokee
- State Senator Paul Campbell, Berkeley
- State Senator Ronnie Cromer, Newberry
- State Senator Larry Grooms, Berkeley
- State Senator Mike Rose, Dorchester
- State Rep. Todd Atwater, Lexington
- State Rep. Liston Barfield, Horry
- State Rep. Eric Bedingfield, Greenville
- State Rep. Alan Clemmons, Horry
- State Rep. Marion Frye, Saluda
- State Rep. Dan Hamilton, Greenville
- State Rep. Bill Hixon, Aiken
- State Rep. Chip Limehouse, Charleston
- State Rep. Philip Lowe, Florence
- State Rep. Chris Murphy, Charleston
- State Rep. Bill Sandifer, Oconee
- State Rep. Gary Simrill, Rock Hill
- State Rep. Tommy Stringer, Greenville
- State Rep. Bill Taylor, Aiken
- State Rep. Mark Willis, Greenville
For more information about Gov. Rick Perry’s record, presidential campaign and plan to get America working again, please visit: www.rickperry.org.
Interesting. Last time around, Harrell and Henry McMaster were among the few who stuck with John McCain through thick and thin, even when everybody was saying he was out of it and would never get the nomination.
This time, McMaster (and John Courson, who is also accustomed to seeing his candidates win in SC) are supporting Jon Huntsman. But Harrell’s taking a separate path…