FORT WALTON BEACH — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is endorsing Matt Gaetz for his First Congressional District bid.

“I’ve seen a lot of people go to Washington promising to change it; instead, Washington changed them. I don’t worry about that with Matt Gaetz because if he gets elected to Congress, I think he will do what he has been doing all his political life — changing the institutions and challenging them,” Huckabee said.

“He’s been 100 percent consistent in his pro-life convictions. He’s supported our Second Amendment and defended it vigorously. He’s supported lower taxes and he’s also trying to get government off the backs of small businesses. Matt is just the kind of congressman we desperately need to have in Washington representing our interests, not the special interests.”

“I’m excited to have the support of Governor Huckabee in my campaign for Congress,” Gaetz said. “Mike is a dear friend, conservative champion, faith leader, and resident of the First Congressional District. He understands first-hand the failures of Washington and the need to fight for bold conservative reforms to restore America.”

Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach attorney, represents portions of Okaloosa County in the Florida House of Representatives. He currently chairs the Finance & Tax Committee.