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Schweikert supporting Salmon in congressional race

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U.S. Rep David Schweikert (left) and congressional candidate and former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon. (File photos)

Congressman David Schweikert has endorsed his former colleague Matt Salmon in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake.

In a YouTube video posted on the Salmon campaign’s page today, Schweikert, who served with Salmon at the state Legislature from 1991 to 1994, called Salmon a “principled conservative” and one of the movement’s leaders during his three terms in Congress.

“We need Matt Salmon back here in Washington, D.C. to once again be that leader,” Schweikert says in the video.

Salmon is running to fill the 5th Congressional District seat vacated by Flake, who is running for the Senate to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. Former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams is also running for the East Valley congressional seat.

Salmon served in Congress from 1994 until 2000 before running for governor in 2002, and has previously received endorsements from a number of conservative political figures, including Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), and U.S. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). He’s also been endorsed by the prominent anti-tax organization Club for Growth PAC.

Adams earlier received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle, who is considering running against Schweikert for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District.

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