Anthony Bonna Co-Authors Mike Huckabee Endorsement

In 2007, I had the opportunity to co-author one of the first major endorsements of Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Presidential campaign. The article was the cover story in evangelical minister Steve Strang’s New Man Magazine. 

New Man Magazine Cover Featuring Mike Huckabee

Here is how the article was described in Wikipedia:

The July/August 2007 issue of New Man featured former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on its cover, and endorsed his 2008 run for president, as did an accompanying editorial in Strang’s Charisma magazine. The New Man editorial called Mike Huckabee “one of our own”, and urged 1000 readers to each contribute $1000 to the then cash-strapped campaign.The American Prospect stated this was Huckabee’s most prominent Christian right endorsement to this point, and connected it to Mike Huckabee’s strong second place showing in the Iowa Straw Poll. The New Man Huckabee endorsement was also credited for contributing to Mike Huckabee’s support by the New York Times and Huckabee himself. Film star Chuck Norris cited the New Man endorsement in his decision to endorse and work for Mike Huckabee’s campaign.

Read the full article here. An excerpt is below:

The Case for Huckabee for President

We know Mike Huckabee espouses our values. Here’s why we believe he can win.

Mike Huckabee has a strong vision for America. Because of his unique communication skills and his views on the issues, he has the ability to cast a unifying vision for America that will not become mired in the wars surrounding party, ideology and class. He does this while integrating a Christian worldview of genuine care and concern for fellow citizens. Huckabee has the ability to change the face of the Republican Party for the next decade and bring our increasingly diverse country into unity.

Communication Skills

Huckabee is the finest communicator in the race from either party. Much has been written about his gifts in this area. As an orator, he is persuasive, articulate and Reagan-like. His ability to inspire vision is critically important and shouldn’t be underestimated.

His two appearances on Comedy Central were brilliant and showed how quick and sharp he is in one of the most dangerous media seats in America.

As one commentator said of him: “He offers the politics of optimism that people thirst for, but never without honesty. A former Baptist minister, he’s remarkable at not being ‘preachy.’ He truly is a ‘compassionate conservative’ and couples humor with charisma.”

Anyone can buy, hire or acquire ideas and public policy aptitude. But negotiation abilities, communication skills, and collegiality are God-given talents that cannot be acquired or transferred easily. Huckabee, however, has them.