"You were on fire tonight. Ka-ching, ka-ching. Give 'em the finger. Want to make you commissioner of something just so you can shake things up."
"He was congratulating me on giving a good speech," Kirkpatrick says in this Mike Morrow blog post. "I texted him back, 'Well, I'm ready to quit and endorse you.' "
Kirkpatrick dropped out of the race and endorsed Ramsey yesterday. But Ramsey's campaign says the Senate speaker was only joking with Kirkpatrick about the job. Ha! Says Ramsey flack Rachel Taylor:
"Are we reading the same Mike Morrow story? Seriously, Jeff. Ron was joking and no promises were made for anything. Joe openly admits in this article that—and I quote—"it was the opposite of a quid pro quo". He made this endorsement because he believes in Ron and wants to help him become the next conservative governor of Tennessee. Nothing more."
We believe you, Rachel. Even Ramsey wouldn't be dumb enough to put Kirkpatrick in his Cabinet. Have you heard this guy talk? He's certifiable. (* That's putting it kindly. See comments below.)
In Morrow's blog post, Kirkpatrick also claims Ramsey told him that his polling shows essentially a three-way tie in the GOP primary, with Kirkpatrick "in the high single-digits." That's funny. Ramsey must have been joking then too.
We hope he also was joking when he gratefully accepted Kirkpatrick's endorsement in a press release and called him "an honorable and steadfast conservative candidate" who has earned Ramsey's respect.