Thomas Massie picks up U.S. Chamber endorsement; McDaniel gets Right to Life backing

07/31/2012 10:18 AM

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Republican Thomas Massie for Congress in Kentucky’s 4th district.

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a letter to Massie, “we believe that your election to the U.S. House of Representatives will help produce sustained economic growth, help create more jobs, and get our country back on track.” Donohue added “we will encourage the business community to vigorously support your candidacy.”

This comes after Massie received the Kentucky Right to Life endorsement and reinforces one of Massie’s focuses from his Republican primary campaign: that he knows how to start a business after raising venture capital for a firm after attending MIT.

“Creating an environment where private- sector job creation thrives is one of my highest priorities. I will diligently advance free market legislation and regulatory reform as 4th District Congressman,” Massie said in a statement.

Massie, 41, resigned as judge-executive of Lewis County earlier this summer to concentrate on his run for for Congress. He faces Williamstown lawyer and former Grant County Democratic Party chairman Bill Adkins in the November general election.

*23rd State Senate Candidate McDaniel lands Ky. Right to Life endorsement

Chris McDaniel, Republican candidate for the open state senate seat in Northern Kentucky, received the endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life, the group announced Tuesday.

The group, which opposes allowing abortions, serves as the coordinating body for Right to Life chapters across Kentucky.

“Kentucky Right to Life is a resonant voice for the most vulnerable among us, the unborn,” McDaniel said in a statement. “I am honored to have received their support in the primary and in the upcoming general election.”

McDaniel faces Democrat James Noll in the 23rd District, which is an open seat race to replace retiring state Sen. Jack Westwood in the solidly Republican district covering northern Kenton County.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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