Santorum Offers Social Conservatives A Lifeboat To Collins

June 30, 2014 9:30 am

by Charlie · 3 comments

The Political Insider brings word this morning that Rick Santorum has endorsed Mike Collins in the 10th District runoff.  They also correctly point out that while most would consider Santorum – who wears his social conservatism on his sweater’s sleeves – a natural fit for Hice, he also served with Mack Collins, Mike’s father.  Duly noted.

Hice has been the only opponent repeatedly claiming the mantle of Paul Broun, the incumbent.  2012’s map shifted GA-10 considerably away from the NE Georgia epicenter of social conservatism and much deeper into metro Atlanta and central Georgia, where the demons of pragmatism are known to lurk.  This has essentially set up a jump ball between Hice and Collins.

While the value of out of state endorsements can correctly be debated, the Venn Diagram of Broun’s supporters and Santorum’s supporters from his last Presidential run has significant overlap.  And at least some have to be troubled by the thoughts of strict constitutionalist Hice when he says the constitution only protects people that he agrees with.

So Peach Pundit community, does the Santorum endorsement mean that the race is starting to break for Collins, or is this just a theory straight from the pit of hell?

John Vestal June 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

You misspelled “ark”.

George Chidi June 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

If this comes down to the electorate reaching for Rick Santorum for leadership advice, I’ve got nothin’. It’s mutant alien politics from dimension Z.

xdog June 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

I bet Santorum has never backed the left-most candidate before. Not that Collins has staked out any position other than boilerplate hard right but at least he doesn’t claim exclusive access to the the ear of God.

I don’t know if Collins can peel away many Hice voters simply because I don’t know if any of them will even be aware of Santorum’s endorsement. The Hice people I know aren’t what you’d call high information voters; their opinions haven’t changed much since the mid-50s. But Collins has from the beginning tried to capitalize on his dad’s organization and contacts. This is just the latest effort, probably not the last.

I think the one endorsement that might be a game changer for either side would be Mike Huckabee.

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