SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2020) — Governor Jon Huntsman has picked up a highly sought-after endorsement ahead of this month’s state Republican convention. U.S. Senator Mike Lee announced his support for Huntsman’s gubernatorial bid, citing Governor Huntsman’s proven leadership and conservative credentials.
“I have seen firsthand what a remarkable leader and a true conservative Jon Huntsman really is,” said Senator Lee. “In moments when it would have been politically advantageous to abandon his values, he has stood strong in defense of the principles Utah Republicans hold dear. He stood up for local control of public lands, he protected Utah students from the federal overreach of No Child Left Behind and he consistently defended the rights of the unborn. I have no doubt he is the right choice to lead Utah through these challenging times and beyond.”
Senator Lee, who served as general counsel in the Huntsman administration, has a longstanding policy of not endorsing candidates in Utah primary races. However, the senator elected to make a rare exception because he feels strongly Governor Huntsman is the clear choice for conservative Republican delegates and voters.
“One of the best things I did as governor was to convince Mike to be a part of our team,” said Governor Huntsman. “He’s doing a remarkable job representing Utah and fighting for conservative principles in the U.S. Senate, and I am honored to have his support.”
Senator Lee has seen firsthand the work then-Ambassador Huntsman did as the Trump administration’s top envoy to Russia, one of three diplomatic posts he has held including to China and Singapore.
“Two of the most important relationships we have as a country are China and Russia,” said Senator Lee. “To be trusted to stand up for the United States of America in both of those countries should tell you everything you need to know about Jon Huntsman. I know how much he is trusted by President Trump and I was very proud to see him answer the call to serve our country, again.”
Senator Mike Lee was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He serves as the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
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