McCain Stumps for Wallace, Jr
Obviously this is a coup for Wallace as McCain brings credibility and fundraising appeal to the campaign. However, I'm a little surprised to see McCain so publicly back Wallace. Certainly George Wallace, Jr. has a record of populism that many Republicans can embrace, but he also has some affiliations that might make a Republican with national aspirations nervous.
Wallace's meeting with the Council of Conservative Citizens, an alleged "hate group, raised some eyebrows throughout Alabama. Wallace's local connections and extensive record probably gives him enough latitude to avoid too much damage from the event, but for someone like John McCain it might not be that easy.
In 2000, McCain took George W. Bush to task for speaking at Bob Jones University and not criticizing their segregationist and anti-Catholic stances. For McCain to publicly back and raise money for Wallace, does seem to be inconsistent.
Events like these further cement Wallace's status as the frontrunner in the LG race, but don't be surprised if the national media (or McCain opponents) pick up on the fundraiser should McCain make another bid for the White House.