Mike Huckabee’s heightened profile as the last man standing in the Republican presidential race can’t have hurt his marketability as an after-dinner speaker.

Indeed, off he goes:


Mike Huckabee’s pledging to stay in the race, but he plans to veer sharply off the campaign trail this weekend to give a paid speech in the Cayman Islands.

The surprise announcement came after John McCain beat the former Arkansas governor in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia primaries Tuesday night, virtually assuring him the GOP nomination.


“We’re not giving up,” Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman said on the plane from Little Rock, Ark., to Wisconsin, where Huckabee was campaigning ahead of the state’s primary next week.

But Saltsman said the Cayman Islands speech was booked six months ago with an unnamed organization, and that Huckabee would be there from Friday through Sunday morning, when he would return to Wisconsin.


Asked about the odd timing, Saltsman said Huckabee simply needs a paycheck.

Unnamed organization? Not one of those offshore, tax avoiding outfits, I hope.