Minutemen founder rethinking Huckabee endorsement?

Jim Gilchrist, who surprised fellow anti-immigration activists by endorsing Mike Huckabee last week, expresses some doubts about his choice.

Published December 18, 2007 11:20PM (EST)

There was no small amount of consternation last week when Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the anti-illegal immigration watchdog Minutemen, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who's generally considered "soft" on illegal immigration. As is usual for the Minutemen, though, the story was not as simple as it originally appeared, and it hasn't ended there.

First, there's the question of whom Gilchrist actually represents. As Dave Neiwert has ably documented on his blog, the Minutemen have split into various factions recently, with each side accusing the other of being imposters and, sometimes, even thieves. So the other people representing the Minutemen were not happy with Gilchrist, and have been pushing back against him.

Tuesday, the conservative World Net Daily's Jerome Corsi caught up with Gilchrist and confronted him with some of Huckabee's views on immigration. Although, judging from his quotes in Corsi's article, Gilchrist isn't by any means ready to repudiate his endorsement, he did seem to at least concede that he might need to reconsider. "I need to get answers from Huckabee himself about this discrepancy," Corsi quotes Gilchrist as saying. "I want a valid explanation and I want it published.

"Plus, I have some other questions too that you're not aware of that I have already queried Governor Huckabee's staff about yesterday and again this morning."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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