Or at least some of them.
Jerry Falwell, Jr., endorsed Huckabee this morning. Besides being his father's son, he's also a minister, a lawyer, and the current president of Liberty University, which his father founded.
Huck's been unable to get some of the huge names in the Religious Right to endorse him even though his record on their issues is the strongest of anyone running on that side. But he has pulled some small to medium names that are probably more effective at getting the crazies on his side than Rudy's Robertson endorsement.
Sarah Posner has the break-down:
Mike Huckabee announced the formation of a Faith and Values Coalition last night, with a former Southern Baptist Convention president and radio show host and activist Janet Folger at the helm. The coalition's members will be both cheerleaders and advisers, and the list represents considerable reach into different constituencies on the Christian right.
For anyone waiting for the Rapture, there's Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the enormously popular apocalyptic Left Behind book series. For activists whose memories go back to the 1980 Washington for Jesus rally on the National Mall, which supported Ronald Reagan for president, there's rally organizers Anne and John Gimenez of Virginia Beach. Last spring, the Gimenezes hosted a three-day conference devoted to commemorating the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown as evidence of America's heritage as a "Christian nation." Among their featured speakers were two targets of Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-Iowa) investigation into alleged misuse of church donations for lavish personal lifestyles, Kenneth Copeland and Paula White. Harry Jackson was also there, and the Harvard MBA shared a story of how the Washington for Jesus rally convinced him to forego a Wall Street job for a life in ministry. Christians United for Israel's John Hagee was also on hand, and afterwards Anne Gimenez agreed to become the Virginia state director for CUFI.
The Gimenezes represent a long-term link between conservative charismatics/Pentecostals and the largely white evangelical leadership of Christian right organizations like Campus Crusade for Christ. At his conference last spring, John Gimenez paid homage to late CCC founder Bill Bright, whom he credited for helping to organize the Washington for Jesus rally, and for embracing the tongue-talking, hand-raising, and dancing charismatics into the political fold.
Publisher Stephen Strang, one of the earliest evangelical supporters of Huckabee, is also in Huckabee's coalition, and he, too, has long been a player in Republican outreach to evangelicals and particularly his charismatic audience. Likewise Copeland protege, Detroit preacher, and former Republican Senate candidate Keith Butler, long cultivated for his potential star quality among African-American Republicans. Butler also serves on CUFI's executive board.
To counteract Mitt Romney's support from Christian right legal powerhouses Jay Sekulow (of Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice), David French (of James Dobson's Alliance Defense Fund), and James Bopp (a long-time lawyer for anti-abortion causes), Huckabee announced support from Matthew Staver of Jerry Falwell's Liberty Council and Kelly Shackelford of Texas's Liberty Legal Institute.
A few of those names stand out for their homophobia. Harry Jackson's been trying to make a name for himself as a leader in the the Black Christian fundamentalist movement and has been outspoken in his opposition to the Matthew Shepard Act; Janet Folger is signed, sealed, delivered right-wing insane after helping organize the Faith2Action coalition in support of Jim Naugle (of bathroom stall fame), put together the Value Voters Summit, and writing complete insanity; Kelly Shackelford has been working for years on getting anti-gay legislation on the books.
It's pretty obvious the direction Huck's going with his campaign on gay issues - a lot less "love the sinner, hate the sin" and a lot more "homosexuality will destroy the Earth so kill them now." And a lot less media friendly than the homophobia of some of the other candidates.
None of the endorsements is going to drive voters to Huck by the millions, but it does show that he has some fringe workers willing to organize for him. He's also been picking up some momentum in Iowa, which could translate into him putting on a good show.