Wendy Long, one of three Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New York, was endorsed Tuesday by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
Bolton, who served in that capacity from 2005 to 2006, said in a news release that Long is "superbly qualified to represent New York in the U.S. Senate."
Here's the full statement from Bolton:
“Today, I am proud to endorse Wendy Long for United States Senate. In an era when many candidates are lacking in the credentials needed for higher office, Wendy Long is superbly qualified to represent New York in the U.S. Senate. Wendy has served on the staff of two Senators and has also clerked for a Justice of the Supreme Court. She understands the workings of both the judicial and legislative branches of our government and has put that knowledge to work for the executive branch in her effort to ensure the Senate confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito to the Supreme Court.
“Wendy is a fiscal conservative who understands the urgent need to cut taxes, cut spending, and reduce the size of our federal government so that businesses can grow, creating jobs and opportunity for all Americans. She also understands that a prime obligation of a U.S. Senator – particularly one from New York – is to defend the security and sovereignty of America, and that nothing, including political correctness, can stand in the way of that obligation.
“When it comes to foreign policy, Wendy understands and embraces the concept of peace through strength. She understands that rogue nations like North Korea and Iran are threats to world peace and are not to be trusted. Wendy also shares my belief that Israel is our one true ally in the Middle East and that the United States must play a crucial role in the defense of its borders and its citizens.
“I urge all Republicans to join with me in supporting Wendy Long in the June 26 primary for U.S. Senate.”
This announcement comes one week after U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, one of the other Republicans challenging for the party's nod to face U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November, was endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Long, Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos are the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. GOP voters will vote on June 26 to determine who will challenge Gillibrand in the general election.