Patrick Henry Caucus Co-Founder and Utah Representative Carl Wimmer Endorses Mike Lee for U.S. Senate

February 9, 2010

Wimmer notes Mike Lee’s ability to win and conservative credentials

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Lee today added Utah State Representative Carl Wimmer to the list of individuals endorsing his campaign. Wimmer, who co-founded The Patrick Henry Caucus, noted that the decision was not an easy one to make, but that he ultimately settled on supporting Lee's campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Bob Bennett.

Prefacing his endorsement, Wimmer said: "I have come to this decision after comparing the candidates on what I view are the two most important aspects of this race: Principles and the ability to win."

On the first issue, Wimmer explained: "Mike Lee is a constitutional scholar, therefore it should come as no surprise, that when we began the formation of The Patrick Henry Caucus in 2009, I personally sought him out to be our legal advisor. He is a principled conservative who has a reverence for the founding principles of our country. On principle, Mike Lee is second to none."

On the second issue, Wimmer explained: "I have also been extremely impressed with Mike's growing momentum in this campaign. Of all the candidates running to replace Bob Bennett, Mike Lee is the only candidate whom I believe can beat the sitting Senator. This cannot be over looked. The stakes in this race are extremely high. Do we send a long standing Senator, who does not have our same principles and interest at heart back to Washington? Or do we send a message that will be heard around the nation, by replacing him at the Republican Convention?"

Reacting to this new endorsement, Mike Lee stated his appreciation for the symbolic support conveyed with Wimmer's backing: "Representative Wimmer has done a marvelous job at advocating for state sovereignty and asserting Utah's rightful powers retained under the U.S. Constitution. I am grateful for his support and look forward to doing my part to bring back the principles of limited government to Washington, D.C."

Wimmer concluded his endorsement with a call to action for all Utahns: "Conservatives must rally behind someone who not only has our principles, but also has the ability to win.... I am calling on all people to unite for this higher principle, and to unite behind Mike Lee."

To read Representative Wimmer's full letter of endorsement, go to

About Mike Lee: An attorney from Alpine, Utah, Lee has served as a law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, as a law clerk to Judge Samuel Alito of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, as General Counsel to Governor Jon Huntsman, and as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also held positions in private practice, and is currently a partner with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Howrey LLP.  

About Carl Wimmer: A Utah State Representative, Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) is a leading voice in many conservative causes. He co-founded the Patrick Henry Caucus in 2009 and serves as chairman of the largest family-based coalition in Utah, The Family Action Council Team. 


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