James Pinkerton Leaving FNC to Join Mike Huckabee Campaign

 Conservative columnist joins Huckabee

By Jonathan Martin and Mike Allen at www.Politco.com

James P. Pinkerton, a well-known conservative commentator and veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, has joined Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, a campaign official tells Politico.

Pinkerton resigned as a Fox News contributor and gave up the column he has written for Newsday and other newspapers since 1993.

”I went from one thing I loved doing to something else that I felt called to do,” Pinkerton said.

Pinkerton started Thursday, with the title of senior adviser. The campaign official said he will work at the intersection of policy and strategic messaging. In other words, he will help beef up Huckabee’s policy proposals, which until now have been less detailed than those of some of his rivals.

Pinkerton was lured to the Huckabee team by Ed Rollins, the campaign’s national chairman. Both men are Massachusetts natives. In 1982 and 1983, Pinkerton worked for Rollins when he was President Ronald Reagan’s director of political affairs.

Rollins sold the job to him as a chance to help “restore the Reagan coalition,” Pinkerton recalled.

“I thought, ‘I’m not going to turn THAT down,’” he said.

Pinkerton, 49, describes himself as a Burkean conservative and a Nixonian realist on foreign policy. His columns show that over the years, he has become less libertarian and more conservative on abortion and immigration.

Pinkerton was one of the first White House appointments by President George H.W. Bush, who made him deputy assistant to the president for policy planning.

The addition of Pinkerton is the latest sign that Huckabee’s once-shoestring campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is moving into the big time.

In a Dec. 13 Newsday column headlined, “Huckabee, like Reagan, wouldn’t be an ‘easy kill,’” Pinkerton compared the former Arkansas governor’s political strength to that of one of his predecessors, President Bill Clinton:

“He has to get nominated first, and that won’t be easy. But if he does, he will be formidable in a general election, just like that other Razorback. The Heartland wins.”

In a Dec. 11 Newsday column headlined, “Huckabee’s focus: ‘broken humanity,’” Pinkerton wrote that the former Baptist minister’s “political views are well within the mainstream of American politics”:

“Elected four times statewide in Arkansas, by the same voters who had earlier elected and reelected Bill Clinton, Huckabee was governor of the Razorback State for nearly 11 years. During that time Huckabee proved his centrist effectiveness — including a willingness to spend money for better education, better health care and better roads. On social issues, of course, Huckabee is more clearly on the right, but most Americans, too, are anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion.”

A Stanford graduate, he wrote “What Comes Next: The End of Big Government — And the New Paradigm Ahead” (Hyperion: 1995). He is a fellow at the New America Foundation, and has blogged for The Huffington Post. He is a science fiction buff and shares Newt Gingrich’s passion for high-tech futurism.

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