Influential Christian conservative James Dobson on Monday endorsed Dave Weldon in Florida’s Republican Senate primary, calling the former congressman “an honorable man.”
Weldon, a medical doctor who served in Congress for seven terms, faces Rep. Connie Mack IV in the Aug. 14 primary.
"I have known Dr. Weldon for many years, and I know him to be a committed family man, married to his wife for 32 years, and the father of two children,” said Dobson, founder of Family Talk, Focus On The Family and the Family Policy Council.
"I strongly encourage all Floridians to get behind this honorable man. He will be a wonderful senator,” Dobson said in a statement. He made the endorsement as an individual and not on behalf of any of his organizations.
Dobson praised Weldon’s pro-life record.
“While in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a champion for the sanctity of human life. In particular, his work to block funding for destructive human embryonic stem cell research was extremely important. Also, the Weldon-Hyde language protecting healthcare providers from being forced to participate in abortion procedures was extremely important,” he said.
Weldon said he was “humbled” by Dobson’s support.
"Dobson is so well-respected and has such a dedicated following, I expect the polls to reflect a positive response,” Weldon said.