Wendy Long announces an endorsement from John Bolton

Wendy Long. (Reid Pillifant)
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U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, attempting to distinguish herself from her two rivals for the Republican nomination against Kirsten Gillibrand, announced the support today of former United Nations ambassador John Bolton.

Bolton mentioned her work for two U.S. senators and her clerkship for Clarence Thomas, but focused on her foreign policy.

"She also understands that a prime obligation of a U.S. Senator - particularly one from New York – is to defend the security and sovereignty of America, and that nothing, including political correctness, can stand in the way of that obligation," Bolton said in the press release. 

Bolton, in the release, also mentioned Israel.

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"Wendy also shares my belief that Israel is our one true ally in the Middle East and that the United States must play a crucial role in the defense of its borders and its citizens," he said.

One of Long's opponents in the primary, Representative Bob Turner, won a special election in Brooklyn last year by casting himself as a fierce defender of Israel.

Long has been endorsed by the Conservative Party and a number of county Republican chairs, along with the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, but this appears to be her first endorsement focused on foreign policy.