David Malpass received the endorsement of the tea party-linked FreedomWorks political action committee in his bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
The Republican and former Reagan and Bush administration official said he was honored to receive the Washington-based group’s backing.
“FreedomWorks represents hundreds of thousands of Americans that are deeply concerned with the direction of our country and want to elect new representatives that will put us back on track,” Malpass said in a statement. “New Yorkers cannot afford Kirsten Gillibrand. We need to replace Washington’s tax and spend political insiders with new leaders who will work to reduce spending, cut taxes and protect our freedoms. I’m honored that FreedomWorks has recognized my deep commitment to these principles and I’m proud to have their support in my campaign.”
FreedomWorks, which is headed by former GOP Rep. Dick Armey of Texas, organizes conservative activists around the country. The group participated in and helped organize many of the tea party protests over the last year and a half.
Malpass will face former Rep. Joe DioGuardi and former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman in a primary.