Incoming national security adviser John Bolton has endorsed Army veteran John James (R) in his race to replace Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
The support for the outsider GOP candidate came from Bolton’s political action committee, the John Bolton PAC, last Thursday — the day President Trump announced the former United Nations ambassador would join the administration.
“I’m honored to have the support of Ambassador John Bolton,” James said in a statement, as first reported by The Daily Caller. “Amb. Bolton has a history of supporting candidates who are strong on national defense and who will prioritize the safety of all Americans.”
James, 37, a successful businessman and eight-year combat veteran of the Iraq War, said he understands national security “from a strategic to a tactical level.”
Bolton will replace outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a three-star Army general, on April 9.
Bolton’s official support for James came on the same day that James won the endorsement of the American Conservative Union, the major conservative grass-roots organization that hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
James now faces a tough race for Stabenow’s seat in a state that holds a deep base of support for the three-term Democrat, even as Trump won it narrowly in 2016. In her last reelection bid, Stabenow beat her opponent by 19 points.
While James has surpassed $1 million in campaign funds, his opponent has more than $8 million in the bank as of January and raised $1.9 million in the last three months of 2017.