Gov. Sam Brownback jumped into the GOP endorsement skirmish today, declaring that Texas Gov. “Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history.” That puts three governors, including Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, in Perry’s corner. It isn’t surprising that Brownback favors Perry, given that the two aligned publicly last month in Houston when Brownback was the only other governor to speak on stage at Perry’s national prayer rally. Brownback, who ran for president himself in 2008, also has shown his admiration for Perry by seeking to make Kansas more like Texas in tax policy and job growth. And Brownback (at least in the past) and Perry have shared some pragmatic, compassionate views regarding illegal immigration (others would call them “soft). Brownback’s endorsement, which he’ll underscore by attending the GOP debate tonight in Orlando, will only fuel the speculation that he wants to be more than Perry’s endorser. Brownback said: “I’m very happy with what I’m doing right now and fully occupied.” Then again, the last Kansas governor to endorse in a presidential primary race now has a White House Cabinet seat.
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