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Top House Republican endorses former NASCAR driver in contentious Maine election: ‘Strong conservative’

First appearance on Fox: A top House Republican has announced his support for a Republican congressional candidate from a former NASCAR driver from Maine.

House Minority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) on Tuesday endorsed Republican congressional candidate Austin Theriault in his bid to flip the seat held by Democratic Maine Rep. Jared Golden from blue to red. was found out on Fox News Digital.

In a statement obtained by Fox, Scalise said he was “thrilled” that Theriault is running for Congress.

“I’m thrilled that Austin Theriault, a strong conservative from a French Catholic family in northern Maine, is running to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District,” Scalise said. “We need more conservative fighters in Congress who understand rural America, and Austin fits the bill perfectly. That’s why I fully and fully support him.”

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House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana, left) said Tuesday that Republican House candidate Austin Theriault (R) is seeking to flip the seat held by Democratic Maine Rep. Jared Golden from blue to red. ) was supported. (Getty Images)

Theriault, who currently serves in the Maine state House of Representatives, thanked Scalise for his support and credited the Republican leader with showing immense “courage and perseverance.”

“Leader Scalise has shown not only a dedication to conservative values, but also incredible courage and perseverance.” “His recovery from being shot by a deranged leftist and his battle with cancer are an inspiration to his indomitable spirit, and I am grateful for his support.”

Theriault added: “Rural America has been hurt by Joe Biden and Jared Golden’s border policies and inflationary spending policies, and I’m fighting back.”

Mr. Scalise’s endorsement comes as Mr. Theriault seeks the seat held by Mr. Golden in what is expected to be one of the most competitive House races this cycle.

Mr Thériault announced his campaign last September, saying he would be “fully committed” to Congress to tackle issues such as inflation, illegal border crossings and dying small towns.

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Austin Theriault attends a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race on September 21, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Herber)

“Ordinary, hard-working people are being held back by an out-of-state, out-of-state elite that has no idea how difficult it is to make a living in Maine,” he said at the time.

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On the campaign trail, Theriault has been vocal about issues facing the United States, including speaking out against “pro-Hamas” protesters. effort to remove Former President Trump wins Maine primary vote.

Scalise is not the only leading House Republican to support Theriault’s candidacy. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) last month endorsed Theriault, a former NASCAR driver, calling him a “hard-working public servant with a solid track record of success.”

Additionally, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, R.N.Y. I threw her support behind me. Theriault in December.

Theriault has the support of many local and state leaders in Maine, and recently announced he has raised $500,000 since launching his campaign.

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Austin Theriault sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on July 29, 2016 in Newton, Iowa.

Last Friday, Thériault’s campaign We have started purchasing radios throughout the district. He promoted a “pro-Trump” candidate in the election campaign.

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“Theriault is not a politician. He is a former NASCAR driver who was born in Aroostook County and raised on the county’s values ​​of hard work and grit,” the ad states. “Theriault was unhappy that Joe Biden and the radical left favor illegal criminals over hard-working Mainers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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