Don Bolduc endorsed by Jeb Bush in bid for US Senate

MANCHESTER, N.H. — In a significant endorsement Thursday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in on the New Hampshire U.S. Senate race to offer his support to retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc.

Bush praised the Stratham Republican in a statement provided by the Bolduc campaign.

“I believe we are living in a time that toxic partisan behavior threatens to erode the foundation of our great nation. Don Bolduc and I share a deep love for this country and the stakes are high. General Bolduc is exactly the person New Hampshire and America need to defend our freedom and liberties. He has proven his granite toughness already, and I’m honored to support his efforts.”

Jeb Bush

“It is truly an amazing honor to earn the support of such an accomplished public servant and patriot,” Bolduc said. “Governor Bush has proven his leadership in times of crisis, and I absolutely admire and share his passion for ensuring our children are prepared to enter an increasingly complicated world. He personifies the term ‘service over self.’ Sharon and I are humbled by his endorsement.”

Bush served two terms as Florida’s governor and ran for president in the 2016 cycle. He left the race after finishing fourth in the New Hampshire primary with 11 percent of the vote.

His prime focus has long been on education reform. As the founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bush leads an effort to promote equity and quality in education in traditional and non-traditional settings.

Bolduc will file his candidacy for the Senate seat Friday at 12 noon at the State House.

He is in a primary race with Bryant “Corky” Messner of Wolfeboro. The winner of the Sept. 8 primary will face two-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the general election.

John Distaso & Adam Sexton/WMUR

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