Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon has won the endorsement of Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a champion of the tea party.
Lee called Brannon a “constitutional reformer.”
“Greg’s a constitutional conservative and he’s someone who’s excited and eager to apply timeless constitutional principles to address some of our country’s timely problems,” Lee told the Observer.
Brannon, a Cary physician, is running against House Speaker Thom Tillis and six other GOP candidates hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
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Asked whether he was concerned about last month’s jury verdict that ordered Brannon to pay two investors $250,000 for providing false information about a failed start-up, Lee said he wasn’t familiar with the case.
Along with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, Lee has emerged as a leader of tea party conservatives in Congress.
He praised Brannon’s stands on health care, education and other issues.
“All those things are going to be part of the fast-emerging conservative agenda,” Lee said.