Utah Senator Mike Lee-R, who said he wouldn’t endorse any Utah political candidates, has endorsed Representative Carl Wimmer-R, Herriman for Utah’s yet to be created fourth congressional seat.
In a Tuesday press release, Lee said, “In 2012 Utahns will have the chance to elect a true conservative leader to the US House of Representatives – someone who has a proven track record of conservatism, who believes in a constitutionally limited government, and has led the fight right here in Utah. That person is my friend, Utah Representative Carl Wimmer.”
Lee has not endorsed any other Utah candidates, including presidential candidates Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney. Lee also chose not to endorse Utah Senator Orrin Hatch who is running for a seventh term. Lee maintains he doesn’t remember saying he would not endorse any Utah candidates, but says it’s possible that if he did, he make have spoken too soon.
Last February, Lee told MSNBC that it is “not my intention to support any candidate until the democratic process had a chance to play itself out in Utah.”
Wimmer has made a name for himself as a member of Utah’s House of Representatives and a founder of the Patrick Henry Caucus. During the last session, he successfully sponsored a bill naming Utah’s State Gun and backed three new abortion laws. Wimmer was also among the first members of the legislature to back-pedal on HB477, a tightening of Utah’s controversial open-records law which was later recalled by the legislature because of public pressure. He came forward after the bill was rammed through the House and Senate and called it a mistake.
Wimmer has already been holding town meetings and has raised $100,000 in campaign contributions. He believes the new fourth district will include his home in Herriman. However, congressional representatives are not required to live in the district they represent.
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