Another Fox Personality Is Prepping For A 2016 Run
Scott Brown has some more company among Fox News employees publicly toying with runs for political office while still working for the network.
According to The Washington Post , Fox host Mike Huckabee "might be willing" to take another shot at securing the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee told the Post that he is considering making a run in 2016 due to the encouragement he is getting "from places where I never got it before," including "business, people some would maybe call the establishment."
In an apparent attempt to drive home his seriousness about a possible run, Huckabee reportedly showed the paper a private poll "which he said was commissioned by supporters who are urging him to run again, which indicated he has the potential to make a strong showing in both Iowa and South Carolina." Huckabee joins John Bolton, who started teasing  a potential 2016 run early this year, and Scott Brown, who seems on the verge  of running for a Senate seat in New Hampshire, as Fox employees cashing a paycheck while openly considering runs for office.
The revolving door of Republican politicians and Fox News contributors is nothing new.
In the run-up to the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, Fox employed five people that were publicly considering a run: Huckabee, Bolton, Sarah Palin, and eventual candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. The network was more than happy to continue to give the potential candidates airtime while they decided on a run, allowing them to reach out to Fox's conservative audience while both parties cashed in on the publicity boost.
Media Matters calculated  that Fox donated roughly $54.7 million in free advertising in 2010 to the five potential candidates on their payroll. Because he hosts a weekly show on the network, Huckabee led the pack with nearly 48 hours of airtime on the network in 2010 while he mulled a run, amounting to roughly $31 million in free advertising.
Fox is well aware that Huckabee is considering a presidential bid. In March, when Huckabee told conservative outlet Newsmax that he was not ruling out a 2016 run, Fox Nation trumpeted  the story:
Fox Nation also picked up  a story from Washington Examiner earlier this month about Huckabee considering a run: