4:51 pm Aug. 29, 2012
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long got a boost from Senator John Cornyn today.
"Wendy Long would make an outstanding addition to the U.S. Senate, and I believe she is the perfect candidate to break the Democrat stranglehold on New York," Cornyn said in a statement emailed by Long's campaign. "I endorse her with enthusiasm and believe with her platform of Jobs, Freedom, and Accountability she can win this race."
Cornyn chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and his encouragement comes after House Speaker John Boehner threw cold water on her candidacy at a breakfast for the New York delegation in Tampa.
Boehner was talking up the competitive House races in what he called "orphan districts," where the presidential election was a lock and there was "no significant Senate race underway," Capital Tonight reported.
He neglected to mention Long, who remains underfunded and relatively unknown. Cornyn has yet to help in that regard; the NRSC hadn't contributed any money to Long's campaign, through the end of June.