Fiorina lands third lawmaker endorsement

Rep. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryOvernight Defense: Senators reach billion deal on emergency Capitol security bill | House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors | US increases airstrikes to help Afghan forces fight Taliban US delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral Biden announces delegation to attend Haitian president's funeral MORE (R-Neb.) announced Thursday he will support Carly Fiorina for president, giving the former Hewlett-Packard chief her third endorsement from a Capitol Hill lawmaker.

“Carly is clear, she is honest, and she is strong,” Fortenberry said in a statement. “With America facing economic malaise, political dysfunction, and cultural challenges, I am confident that Carly will rebuild our economy, repurpose our government and renew America. I believe that Carly’s creative determination will make us proud.”

Fortenberry joins House colleagues Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) as the only members of Congress so far to back Fiorina in the Republican presidential primary.

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While Fiorina’s Capitol Hill support is small, it’s impressive in that she’s the only political outsider to land any lawmaker endorsements at this point in the election cycle. No lawmakers have yet to back Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE or Ben Carson for president.

Miller indicated to The Hill last week that several other lawmakers are giving Fiorina a look.

Fiorina came to Washington last week to take questions from lawmakers and meet privately with women members from both chambers.

Many left the meetings impressed, including Reps. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and Mark Walker (R-N.C.), who both told The Hill that Fiorina is on their short list of candidates they’re considering supporting.