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February 13, 2008 3:27 PM

Huckabee campaign silences grassroots leader

Posted by David Postman

Local volunteer organizers for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee have been told to stop talking about the campaign. The move comes less than a week before Washington’s Republican presidential primary.

Bothell Pastor Joe Fuiten, who has headed the un-official Washington for Huckabee effort, said today that he had been told to refer all calls to Huckabee’s official campaign spokeswoman, Alice Stewart. Danille Turissini, who had been the local grassroots organizer, told us the same thing.

“The campaign is nationalizing everything,” Fuiten said.

We have not gotten any calls back from Stewart to find out what’s happening with the campaign between now and Tuesday’s primary.

Fuiten had been responsible for what organizing took place in Washington for Huckabee. That resulted in a very close second-place finish behind John McCain in last week’s caucus.

But after a controversy over GOP Chairman Luke Esser declaring McCain the winner before all the votes were counted, Fuiten and Turissini have been taken out of the loop.

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