North Dakota

Pro-Huckabee Group Is Back

Common Sense Issues, the group that aggressively promoted Republican Mike Huckabee as a presidential candidate, is back in the mix — in North Dakota.

In its first time on the air since the presidential primaries, the group began a radio ad yesterday ripping Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) for receiving a favorable Countrywide loan on his beach house in Delaware.

Sen. Conrad isn't up for re-election till 2012, but as the group's executive director Patrick Davis tells us, "Common Sense Issues plays for the long term."

After Huckabee's failure, the group says it isn't endorsing anyone in the presidential race. But Davis, who formerly worked at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said it might get involved in Senate races in Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana.

It already weighed in against Colorado Democrat Mark Udall, a congressman now running for Senate. Last year, CSI produced a comical ad depicting Udall as a fan of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The nonprofit's president is Harold "Zeke" Swift, a former Procter & Gamble executive. Its treasurer is John Lind, who leads the Presidential Prayer Team. Common Sense Issues recieved $39,000 from Texas businessman Keet Lewis in January.

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