Conservative Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is endorsing the former federal prosecutor John Adams for Attorney General of Virginia. Adams is running against the very popular Delegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle) who previously ran for the office in 2013. The election to fill the seat now held by Mark Herring will be held next year, 2017, but it is not clear whether Bell and Adams will face off in a primary or at a convention.
Senator Lee was the first Senator to endorse Senator Ted Cruz for President.
Mike Lee and John Adams served together as clerks for Supreme Court justices. Senator Lee said,
I have known John since we clerked together at the Supreme Court when I was with Justice Alito and he was just down the hall with Justice Thomas. Over the years, I have urged John to seek political office because I know he shares my conservative values and will fight to protect Virginians from government overreach.”
“Whether it was during his time in the Navy, serving at the Supreme Court, or prosecuting criminals and corrupt public officials as an Assistant United States Attorney, John has dedicated his life to public service, I am thrilled for Virginia that he has now answered the call to run for office. I fully endorse John Adams for Attorney General.
“I know that John understands that attorneys general have an important role to fill as vanguards against Washington’s often unconstitutional overreach into the dominion of the States and the People.”
John Adams responded:
“It is truly humbling to receive Senator Lee’s endorsement. He is an outstanding example of the kind of principled constitutional conservative our nation needs. I am proud to call him a friend.”