Manchester, N.H.—The Ovide for Senate campaign today announced the endorsement of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
In a statement, Sen. DeMint said, "Ovide Lamontagne is not [the] candidate supported by the Washington establishment, but he is the best choice. Ovide is a proven conservative leader who will stand up to the big spenders in both political parties. Ovide is surging. A recent poll shows that he had jumped into second place and was trailing the first place candidate by only 10 points. Then the Union Leader newspaper endorsed him, giving him another boost in the homestretch. If we're willing to fight for Ovide in the final hours of this race, he can and he will win this seat for conservatives. Please support his campaign today.”
“I have observed and admired Sen. DeMint's commitment to core conservative principles and his willingness to buck the establishment within our own party to assure that a new generation of authentic conservatives assume leadership in the U.S. Senate," added Lamontagne.
"During these challenging times in our nation's history, he leads the charge for a constitutional renaissance to restore the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility and national security, to include border security, in the Congress and to our country.
"I am grateful for Sen. DeMint's endorsement of my campaign. I look forward to securing the trust and votes of Granite Staters in September and November, and earning the opportunity to work with him and other like-minded Senate guardians of liberty in 2011, and together, bringing fundamental conservative reform to Washington once and for all,” concluded Lamontagne.
ABOUT SENATOR JIM DEMINT (R-SC): Elected to the Senate in 2004, Senator DeMint has established himself as one of the most effective conservative leaders in Washington. He has earned national acclaim to end the system of earmarks, for which he was called a 'hero' by Robert Novak and the 'taxpayers' greatest ally' by Wall Street Journal editor Steve Moore. In 2006, DeMint was elected Chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, comprised of the majority of Republican senators and working to advance conservative legislation. He was recently ranked as the Senate's most conservative member by National Journal.
DeMint also serves as Chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund PAC, which seeks to bring bold conservative leadership to Washington by supporting only the most principled candidates nationwide - candidates who believe in the timeless conservative principles of limited government, strong national defense and traditional family values. In the 2010 election cycle, Senator DeMint and the SCF have endorsed leading anti-establishment primary candidates for Senate such as Marco Rubio in Florida, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Ken Buck in Colorado and Mike Lee in Utah.