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Ted Cruz unveils NH endorsements

May 14. 2015 8:10AM

CONCORD – Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz of Texas announced more than 40 conservatives endorsing his campaign in New Hampshire.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-NH former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien, and New Hampshire Executive Councilor David Wheeler are state co-chairmen for Cruz.

"Senator Cruz has distinguished himself as the country's strongest conservative leader in a Congress where too often being an insider is more important than being faithful to the public," O'Brien said.

 Smith said Cruz was "the best of the best."

"There's also a personal reason for me in supporting Ted Cruz because he reminds me of me when I started out." He referred to Cruz being on the Senate floor trying to block "Obamacare," similar to Smith's speeches against abortion when he served in the Senate.

Smith said the conservatives were lining up to fight for Cruz, and not coming together to oppose any other conservative in the race.

The list of endorsements by legislators and activists released May 13 at a news conference in Concord:

Esther Brown of Amherst.

Rep. Duane Brown of Wentworth

Rep. Carol Bush of Newington

Rep. Dana Chapman of Rochester

Lawrence Cheetham of Bedford

Robert Clivio of Raymond

Former Rep. Jane Cormier of Hooksett

Terry Cox of Webster

Rep. Susan and Jerry DeLemus of Rochester

Steven Goddu of Salem

Karen Goerndt of Brentwood

Rep. Jeff Harris of Epping

Rep. Eric Johnson of Campton

Steve Kenda of North Hampton

Warner Lund of Bedford

Sylvia Manley of Freedom

Terry McCarthy of Conway

Pat and Larry Miller of Merrimack

Rep. Josh Moore of Merrimack

Rep. Jeanine Notter of Merrimack

Donna Price of Exeter

Rich Riley of Portsmouth

Michael Roccio of Strafford

Sally Rosa of Newmarket

Former state Rep. David Scott of Dover

Craig Sheffert of Hampton

Former Rep. Ken Sheffert of Hampton

Kevin Sleeper of Andover

Pam Smith of Manchester

Rep. James Spillane of Deerfield

Laura Spottiswood of Pelham

Steve Stefanik of Manchester

Paula and Joseph Tarta of Rye

Michelle Trant of Londonderry

Rep. Len Turcotte of Barrington

Patrick Wetmore of Lebanon

Dean Whiteway of Hooksett

Former Rep. Greg Salts of Manchester

Alan Rice of Bedford


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