Steve Russell lands PAC endorsement, Costello’s backing

As he seeks a job in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lt. Col. Steve Russell, USA, ret., has garnered the endorsement of a national conservative political action committee (PAC) as well as a conservative statewide elected official.

Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, issued a statement supporting conservative candidate Steve Russell in Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District run-off election. CUPVF will also contribute $5,000 for the run-off election.

Russell faces Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas in the August 24 race for the Republican nomination.

“As a decorated veteran who has fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has led soldiers in battle, Steve Russell will bring that same tenacity to the halls of Congress,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United.

“Steve Russell is a principled conservative who will ask three simple questions when weighing the issues of the day: Is it Constitutional? Is it right? And can we afford it? If more Members of Congress asked those simple, yet critical questions, America would be a much better place. I urge all voters in Oklahoma’s 5th District to vote for Steve Russell on August 26.”

Earlier this month, state Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello announced his support and endorsement of Russell in the race. 

“There is only one candidate in the fifth Congressional District race who has fought to defend our rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and that person is Col. Steve Russell,” says Costello. “When the Constitution called for combat duty overseas, Steve Russell answered the call. When duty called to serve as a citizen legislator, Steve Russell answered the call. 

Steve Russell stands ready to provide the leadership, as our next Congressman, to meet the foreign perils abroad and economic challenges at home.”

Costello is the first statewide elected official to endorse any candidate in the Fifth District race.

“Our country is in dire need of a strong conservative leader who can fill the shoes of James Lankford,” Costello continued. “Steve Russell is a battle tested leader who has dedicated his life to defending our liberties.”

Russell said he was honored by the endorsement.  

“Commissioner Costello is a true conservative, always fighting for smaller government, and this endorsement is a great honor,” says Russell.

“Commissioner Costello understands the need for true leadership in Washington and we are excited to have him join our campaign to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District.”

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