Matt Salmon has won the endorsement of the entire Arizona Senate Republican leadership team and a majority of the Senate’s GOP caucus, even though his opponent was serving at the Legislature with them less than a year ago.
Salmon’s campaign announced today that twelve Senate Republicans, including Senate President Steve Pierce and Majority Whip Frank Antenori, were endorsing Salmon over former House Speaker Kirk Adams in the race for the 5th Congressional district. Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs had already endorsed Salmon.
“My career as a public servant began as an Arizona state senator, so I am especially thrilled that so many of our current senators have chosen to stand with me in my campaign for Congress,” Salmon said in a statement, referring to his 1991 to 1994 stint in the Arizona Senate.
Adams and Salmon are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, who is running for the U.S. Senate Seat previously held by the retiring Jon Kyl. Salmon previously served in Congress from 1994 until 2000 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 against Janet Napolitano.
Adams resigned from the Arizona House of Representatives in April 2011 to run for Congress.