Radio Iowa reported that “Brownback denied he was thinking about any of his political rivals as he took aim.” Maybe not, but the feud between Brownback and fellow candidate Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, reached a new level this week.
“I know Senator Brownback converted to Roman Catholicism in 2002. Frankly, as a recovering Catholic myself, that is all I need to know about his discernment when compared to [Huckabee’s]. I don’t if this fact is widely known among evangelicals who are supporting Brownback [sic],” wrote Tim Rude, pastor of Walnut Creek Community Church in Iowa.
Rude apologized for the e-mail, but Huckabee, who is an ordained Baptist minister, has not. After Team Brownback again demanded an apology, Huckabee’s campaign told Brownback to “stop whining.” The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody published the back-and-forth campaign letters.
In other news, CNN reported that Brownback interns have been calling supporters of non-participating candidates and offering free tickets to the Ames straw poll.
And Brownback has laid out his plans for Iraq, calling for a “political surge” as opposed to the troop surge.
Lastly, the Wichita Eagle’s opinion page staff and Kansas.com teamed up with local comedian Bucky Walters to make a video: Brownback Girl. The paper wrote: “Move over, Obama Girl and Hot4Hill Girl. There’s someone else who has a crush on a presidential candidate.”
Viewer comments have ranged from “creepy” to “funny,” but mostly “disturbing.”