Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed 9th District congressional candidate Robert Pittenger. It's not the first favor the former Arkansas governor has done for him.
In 2008 Pittenger, then a candidate for lieutenant governor, was on the dais eating lunch at the state GOP convention in Greensboro. Rep. Howard Coble, who was sitting next to him, cracked a joke.
When Pittenger started laughing, part of his lunch lodged in his throat. Huckabee, on other end, heard the commotion and rushed over, performing a chest thrust maneuver that cleared Pittenger's throat. "To me this is just typical Mike Huckabee," Pittenger said at the time. "He's just a decent fun guy who cares about people."
--Jim Morrill, Observer staff writer