“FIRST IN THE SOUTH” CONGRESSMAN BACKS SENATOR’S STRUGGLING CANDIDACY …
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina endorsed the presidential bid of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky this week.
“Rand has proven himself as a conservative outsider unafraid to take on the Washington establishment,” Mulvaney said in a statement announcing his endorsement. “I look forward to spending some time with him in South Carolina and working to spread his message of small government and fiscal conservatism. Rand is exactly the kind of leader we need in the White House.”
Mulvaney’s endorsement is no shocker … he has been openly supporting Paul for more than a year, and his chief of staff S.C. Rep. Eric Bedingfield has been leading Paul’s “First in the South” efforts over that time period.
What is surprising?
That Mulvaney – who has his eyes on a possible gubernatorial bid in 2018 – thinks endorsing Paul will somehow help him.
It won’t …
In fact at this point, it’s almost as bad a call politically as former S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton‘s decision to endorse former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
According to the latest averages of South Carolina polling provided by Real Clear Politics, Paul is receiving the support of 2.3 percent of likely GOP primary voters. That puts him in 11th place.
Paul isn’t faring much better nationally, receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote – putting him in eighth place.
In accepting the endorsement, Paul said he admired Mulvaney’s “conservative leadership in the House of Representatives.”
We wonder: Does that include Mulvaney’s endorsement of liberal U.S. Speaker John Boehner? Or his kabuki dance on the issue of “Obamatrade?” Because the last time we checked, those weren’t “conservative” positions.