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PA GOP Senate main battle: Former Trump-backed candidate Sean Parnell endorses Dave McCormick

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EXCLUSIVE: Sean Parnell, the previous Trump-backed Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who not too long ago suspended his marketing campaign, endorsed Republican Dave McCormick within the hotly-contested race on Thursday. 

McCormick, the previous CEO of one of many world’s largest hedge funds who additionally has ties to former President Trump, declared his candidacy for Senate on Thursday. McCormick joins a crowded area of Republicans, together with well-known superstar doctor Mehmet Oz, who’re vying for the GOP nomination to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in the important thing battleground state of Pennsylvania. 

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“I’ve been watching and hoping a candidate would emerge–someone who might give me complete confidence that they may battle for Pennsylvanians and by no means again all the way down to the Woke mob, however that simply hasn’t occurred, till now,” Parnell advised Fox Information. “Dave McCormick is that candidate.” 

Parnell mentioned he has “gotten to know” McCormick and mentioned the 2 have been “speaking about points which are vital to the commonwealth and discussing what it’ll take to safe Pennsylvania’s future.” 

David McCormick, the former CEO of a giant hedge fund, declared his candidacy for Senate on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, formally joining a crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the GOP nomination in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

David McCormick, the previous CEO of a large hedge fund, declared his candidacy for Senate on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, formally becoming a member of a crowded area of Republican contenders vying for the GOP nomination in the important thing battleground state of Pennsylvania. (McCormick Senate marketing campaign)

Parnell pointed to McCormick’s efforts to create jobs in Pittsburgh throughout his time as CEO of FreeMarkets, a publicly-traded expertise agency that employed practically 600 staff within the metropolis. 

“Dave’s entrepreneurial imaginative and prescient helped spark Pittsburgh’s revitalization,” Parnell mentioned, including that McCormick “deserves credit score for serving to make western Pennsylvania the most effective locations on this planet to dwell, work and lift a household.” 

Parnell, a U.S. Military veteran, additionally pointed to McCormick’s navy service. McCormick is a Gulf Conflict fight veteran. 

“Anybody who has fought for our nation on the battlefield has confirmed that they may sacrifice and put America’s pursuits over their very own private pursuits,” Parnell mentioned. “It is the very definition of America First.” 

He added: “That tells me that when Dave will get to the Senate, we will relaxation assured that he’ll really serve the pursuits of Pennsylvanians.” 

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Parnell, who was endorsed by Trump, suspended his Pennsylvania Senate marketing campaign in November within the midst of a custody battle along with his estranged spouse.

“A fight vet from western PA who helped reignite the economic flames of Pittsburgh–that’s somebody we will all get behind,” Parnell mentioned. “He is the America First candidate on this race.” 

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2020 file photo, Sean Parnell walks through people gathered at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

FILE – On this Sept. 22, 2020 file picture, Sean Parnell walks by way of individuals gathered at a marketing campaign rally for President Donald Trump on the Pittsburgh Worldwide Airport in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Picture/Keith Srakocic, File) (AP )

Parnell mentioned he plans to marketing campaign with McCormick beginning Saturday at Pennsylvania’s Central Caucus, hosted by the state occasion.

McCormick’s marketing campaign web site touts his assist for the previous president’s “America First” agenda. 

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McCormick was thought-about for a high Trump Cupboard submit, and his spouse, Dina Powell McCormick, served as deputy nationwide safety adviser within the Trump administration. 

Trump, although, has not but endorsed a brand new candidate within the race. 

McCormick’s entry into the race Thursday was anticipated after he arrange an exploratory committee final month and went up with TV adverts the previous couple of weeks. Final week, he resigned as CEO of Connecticut-based hedge fund Bridgewater Associates as he ready to launch his Senate marketing campaign.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University speaks onstage during the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 2 at Sheraton New York on September 21, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgical procedure, Columbia College speaks onstage throughout the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit – Day 2 at Sheraton New York on September 21, 2021 in New York Metropolis. (Picture by Leigh Vogel/Getty Photos for Concordia Summit) (Leigh Vogel/Getty Photos for Concordia Summit)

McCormick grew up in Pennsylvania, the place his household has deep roots, however had lived in Connecticut lately. The McCormicks not too long ago purchased a house within the Pittsburgh space.

McCormick joins a area of 10 Republican candidates, together with Dr. Oz. The cardiac surgeon, creator and host of TV’s “Dr. OuncesShow,”  launched his personal marketing campaign for Senate six weeks in the past. 

Among the many different main GOP contenders are an actual property developer, philanthropist and 2018 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Jeff Bartos; Carla Sands, an actual property govt and main Republican donor who served as ambassador to Denmark beneath Trump; and veteran and conservative political commentator Kathy Barnette.

Fox Information’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report. 

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