Bongino picks up endorsement of Utah's Lee

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -- Daniel Bongino, the former Secret Service agent and Republican candidate in Maryland's 6th congressional district, secured the endorsement Thursday of GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Lee, a Tea Party favorite, had also endorsed Bongino in his 2012 campaign for Senate. This year, Bongino is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. John Delaney.

"Dan is a standout among a new generation of conservative leaders and I am proud to endorse him," Lee said in a statement. "He has spent his life helping our country."

Bongino, a Severna Park resident who has received national attention after writing a book this year about his years in the Secret Service, faces a primary challenge from a Gaithersburg resident, Harold W. Painter Jr.

The Lee endorsement comes just weeks after Bongino won an endorsement from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, widely considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The conservative endorsements are likely to help him shore up the GOP nomination in June, but they probably won't be as helpful with independent voters and Democrats in the general election.

The 6th District was represented for 20 years by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett but was redrawn in 2011 to include portions of Democrat-heavy Montgomery County. Delaney beat Bartlett in 2012 with 59 percent of the vote.

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