This just in from YallPolitics.
Howie Morgan is a local Republican political consultant who has consistently turned up in regional long shot campaigns (most recently, a campaign by Ricky Dombrowski (R) against incumbent Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann).
You can say “who?” Dombrowski got 17% of the vote.
Just prior to that, he produced some national notice for selling endorsements for Jim Gilchrist, the notorious leader of the Minutemen citizens group “policing” the border in Arizona and California (featured in an episode of This American Life).
For six or eight grand or so, a Congressional candidate apparently got Morgan as a consultant and, shortly thereafter, Gilchrist made an endoersement.
Henry Ross, who is challenging Alan Nunnellee for the Republican nomination for Congress, hired Morgan as campaign manager and was going to officially launch his campaign this week. Ross announced the delay of his announcement tour because it was going to be cold and possibly even snow on Thursday. There was also another hitch: YallPolitics has just reported that Morgan was booked by the Lafayette County sherriff’s office on three false pretences charges. And Morgan has just resigned from Ross’s campaign.
Correction: Gilchrist is not the Arizona sheriff. He says (in comments, below) he does not sell endorsements. Morgan has been reported to be selling them on Gilchrist’s behalf. Morgan had managed a failed Congressional campaign for Gilchrist, and there’s a pattern of campaigns hiring Morgan and suddenly getting the Gilchrist endorsement, such as this report comparing whether campaigns had hired Morgan and then received the endorsement, and showing a consistent pattern. Here’s a post from David Wiegel when he worked at the Washington Post.
I eliminated the part of the post about whether the endorsements “stay bought” because the stories online were about Morgan shopping the endorsements around rather than taking a check and then Gilchrist turning up on the other side.