As we hinted at a while back, Team America has confirmed with the Beth Coulson for Congress campaign that former Congressman John Porter is going to endorse State Rep. Beth Coulson in her bid for the GOP nomination to succeed Congressman Mark Kirk in the Tenth Congressional District. As most of you know, Porter was a popular and highly-regarded congressman who was noted for his political acumen and influence, as well as his ethics and attention to serving his district for many years.
A press release will be going out to the major media later today. In it, Coulson will state that:
"Congressman Porter's endorsement of my candidacy is significant and humbling. John set a standard for ethical public service that I have sought to emulate. He was a prudent steward of taxpayer resources and an independent voice in Congress who always put the interests of our country and his constituents first."
If attorney Bill Cadigan had stayed in the race, it would have been interesting to see if Porter would have chosen sides, since Cadigan, like Mark Kirk, was a former staffer. But, with Cadigan out of the way, the path was obviously cleared for an unreserved endorsement of Coulson, who has also garnered the support of other major Republican officials and pols, such as former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. Cadigan, by the way, has not made an endorsement, but has strongly hinted that he intends to, which might in turn be interesting if he breaks ranks with his former boss Porter and endorses someone other than Coulson.
The Coulson campaign tells me that in addition to the Porter announcement, they have a lot of activity planned for January and expect to be picking up a lot of momentum. So far, they are declining to release fundraising numbers to avoid being the first to set off the numbers reporting war for the quarter, but Team Coulson tells me that all of the significant activity they have planned for January is "already paid for."
We will bring you the press release when it is made available.
UPDATED: Here's the full Coulson press release:
Coulson Collects Another Key Endorsement: Congressman John Porter
NORTHBROOK (January 7) - Today, former longtime 10th District Republican Rep. John Porter announced his endorsement of Elizabeth Coulson for the district he previously served.
"Beth is the best fit for the 10th district and I know her to be a dedicated leader" Porter said. "She is a strong fiscal conservative at a time when Washington, DC, needs legislators who will restrain runaway federal spending."
Porter's highly sought-after endorsement by 10th Congressional District GOP candidates comes on the heels of former-Gov. Jim Edgar announcing last month that he, too, is backing Coulson.
"Beth Coulson has demonstrated herself as a thoughtful legislator with the ability to master complex public policy issues and translate them into common sense solutions," Porter said. "In particular, because of her professional background as a medical school professor, Beth would provide invaluable and much-needed insight into ongoing health care policy issues."
"Congressman Porter's endorsement of my candidacy is significant and humbling," said Coulson. "Congressman Porter set a standard for ethical public service that I have sought to emulate. He was a prudent steward of taxpayer resources and an independent voice in Congress who always put the interests of our country and his constituents first. Congressman Porter's legacy of service is well-remembered by 10th District residents and his opinion remains deeply respected. I am very thankful for his support."
Porter's endorsement follows the endorsement of the majority of Illinois Congressional Republicans including Reps. Judy Biggert, Timothy Johnson, Aaron Schock and John Shimkus and Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly including leaders State Rep. Tom Cross and State Sen. Chris Radogno. Coulson has also received the backing of numerous local elected officials and civic leaders in the 10th District. A complete list of Coulson's endorsements can be found at: www.coulsonforcongress.com.