After his convincing win in Nevada, Trump received his first two congressional endorsements Wednesday.
Rep. Chris Collins of New York had previously endorsed Jeb! but with Jeb! out of the race was a free agent once again. Wednesday he released a statement to the Buffalo News endorsing Trump as a strong leader:
“Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation’s jobs stolen by China, take on our enemies like ISIS, Iran, North Korea and Russia, and most importantly, reestablish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream,” Collins said in a statement released first to The Buffalo News. “That is why I am proud to endorse him as the next President of the United States.”
“If we want to get our nation’s economy growing again and deal with the daunting fiscal issues threatening America’s future, it’s time to say no to professional politicians and yes to someone who has created jobs and grown a business,” Collins said.
On the other side of the country in California, Rep. Duncan Hunter also jumped on the Trump bandwagon. Wednesday morning Hunter told Politico it was about strength:
“We don’t need a policy wonk as president. We need a leader as president,” Hunter said, adding that he has told his colleagues much of the same thing. “I’m in, and I’ve been in,” he said in a telephone interview.
Noting that he and Trump see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including border security, manufacturing and national security, Hunter said he also likes Trump for another reason. “I don’t think Trump wants my endorsement,” Hunter said, while also remarking that he has not heard from the candidate himself. “And that’s one reason why I like him,” he added.
“I think you have more Trump supporters in Congress. They just have to come out of the closet, so to speak,” Hunter tells Politico.
But Trump still has a long way to go to catch his two main rivals in the GOP field. According to a list compiled by Roll Call, Senator Marco Rubio has been endorsed by 54 members of congress and Ted Cruz has been endorsed by twenty-three.