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Minuteman Project co-founder responds to 'endorsement selling' charge

On Tuesday, I reported on the charge Alabama radio host Dale Jackson was making against Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist -- that the outspoken critic of illegal immigration was trading his endorsement for money to his consulting firm, Election Impact Group. Jackson claimed that Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) had only been endorsed by Gilchrist because he'd paid for services from EIG. Howie Morgan, who runs the day-to-day operations of EIG, told me that Jackson was completely off base.

"Dale Jackson is endorsing another candidate in the race, Mo Brooks," said Morgan. "Fine. Awesome. Whatever. But for him to attack anyone who's not endorsing Mo Brooks is crap."

Jackson erred in connecting candidate donations to endorsements, said Morgan, because Gilchrist "endorses tons of candidates who don't give to him," giving congressional candidates Tom Graves of Georgia and Richard Pombo of California as examples.

And Griffith, said Morgan, had earned the support of anti-illegal immigration activists by voting the right way on the issue and co-sponsoring legislation -- when he was still a Democrat -- to prohibit "birthright citizenship" for the children of illegal immigrants.

"On the air," said Morgan, "Dale has said he agreed with every endorsement Jim ever made -- except for the guy Dale's endorsing and Jim isn't! He's got to accuse anyone who disagrees with him of a plot."

By David Weigel  |  May 26, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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