Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee today waded into the Texas House speaker’s race, endorsing Ken Paxton. Paxton, a McKinney Republican, is challenging House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
“While Republicans across Texas and across the nation had many great victories on November 2nd, the battle for true conservatism is not over,” says a statement from Huckabee and his political action committee, HuckPAC. “Now, as the majority Party in many State Houses, and the U.S. House, Republicans have the duty and ability to select strong conservatives to be new Speakers of the House. That position should be filled by one who has the knowledge, ability and relationships to create and push a strong conservative agenda. In Texas, that’s Ken Paxton.”
What does that mean?
Is Huckabee trying to prove himself as some kind of king maker? How does a Texas speakers race help him in New Hampshire and Iowa? What am I missing here?
Does Huckabee have that much sway in Texas?