This could be huge for FDT

Judge Pressler is endorsing him.

A former appeals court judge venerated in conservative circles for spearheading the movement’s takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention endorsed Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign Friday.

The nod from former Texas judge Paul Pressler could provide a major boost for Thompson’s presidential run among social conservatives, especially in the early-voting state of South Carolina.

In a release from the Thompson campaign, Pressler calls the former Tennessee senator “the consistent conservative in the presidential race” and “the most electable.” The statement says that Pressler is “revered among Southern Baptists as a warrior and hero.”

Last month, Pressler questioned the conservative credentials of former Arkansas governor and current presidential contender Mike Huckabee, telling the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund that “I know of no conservative he appointed while he headed the Arkansas Baptist Convention.”

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