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.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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