Republican Vaughn Ward has won the support of a Utah congressman, a former GOP presidential candidate and the sister of former GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, former Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Bay Buchanan all back Ward, according to news releases from the Ward campaign. Ward, of Eagle, faces state Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, and Michael Chadwick of Post Falls, who entered the race this week.
The winner of the May 25 primary will challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick.
Chaffetz is a freshman who beat former Rep. Chris Cannon in the 2008 Republican primary. A former Democrat, Chaffetz was Utah co-chairman for Michael Dukakis's 1988 campaign for presidential campaign.
Tancredo made his name as a hawk on illegal immigration. He ended his presidential bid in December 2007, before any votes were cast.
Buchanan managed her brother’s three campaigns for president. She was Treasurer of the United States under President Ronald Reagan and national treasurer of Reagan’s presidential campaigns.
Buchanan and Tancredo co-chair Team America PAC, a political action committee focused on illegal immigration.