Huckabee, Romney, Others Endorse Lollar

CALLAWAY, Md. (October 7, 2010)—Two former Republican 2008 Presidential candidates—Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romneyhave endorsed Charles Lollar, Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District of Maryland, in his race for the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Democrat Steny Hoyer.

Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, said in a statement released by his political action committee: "Huck PAC and I are proud to support Charles Lollar for Congress from Maryland's 5th Congressional District. Many elected officials and candidates have forgotten that character counts, but not Charles Lollar. His campaign for Congress is based on trust and integrity and if elected, he'll bring them both to Washington."

After Huckabee's campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, he created HuckPac to assist candidates running for office nationwide. Huckabee supports candidates who are passionate about tax reform, a strong national defense, real border security, life, the family, less government, and individual liberty, according to the PAC's Web site.

Last week, Mitt Romney also endorsed Lollar in his bid for a House seat. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and the founder of the Free and Strong America PAC, has been lending support to candidates around the nation. The PAC contributed $2,500 to Lollar's campaign.

“At a time when too many of our elected officials put special interests ahead of the public interest, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates who will focus on turning our troubled economy around and putting people back to work. That is why I am proud to stand with these candidates today,” said Romney in a press release.

Lollar has also earned endorsements from the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition, the Maryland Right to Life, and the Citizens United Political Victory Fund.

The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition endorsed Lollar unanimously, stating, "As veterans, we served to protect our nation, and, although we are concerned about veterans issues, we continue to be focused, like you, on 'What can we do for our country.'" The Coalition serves 75 veterans organizations with a combined membership of over 250,000 members and their key focus is supporting candidates they "feel are best supportive of veterans and veterans issues," according to their Web site.

The Maryland Right to Life organization has endorsed Lollar as one of their candidates for the general election on November 2. Maryland Right to Life has sought protections for the unborn and for vulnerable members of society and supports candidates who value the life of all persons.

The Citizens United Political Victory Fund is the PAC associated with Citizens United, and is supporting candidates for federal office who are committed to reducing the size of government, lowering taxes, cutting spending, promoting traditional family values, and winning the war on terror, according to their Web site. They have contributed $1,000 to Lollar's campaign.

"I am honored by all these endorsements," said Lollar in a prepared statement. "I felt I needed to continue serving my country by running for public office. Having people take a public stand on my behalf is one of the most humbling and yet energizing experiences there is. It is because of people like these that we will win."


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