Former U.S. President Donald Trump (R-Texas) speaks at the American Conservative Union Conference (CPAC) at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 28, 2021.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump publicly endorsed Julia Letlow, the widow of Rep. elect Luke Letlow, for Louisiana Congress on Wednesday (March 10).
In a statement released by the Save America political action committee (PAC), Trump said, “Julia Letlow is a wonderfully talented person who, at the urging of many people who knew her very well, is running for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. “
“She is pro-Life, stands firm on crime and border issues, loves our military, our veterans, and will always protect our cherished Second Amendment. Julia, she is so wonderful and I fully and completely support (her). The great state of Louisiana would be happy to have such a talented person!”
Luke Letlow, 41, died of a heart attack last December, the doctor in charge of his hospital confirmed to The Epoch Times. g. E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU health Shreveport, wrote in an email that Letlow’s heart attack may have been related to a CCP virus (Wuhan pneumonia) caused by thromboembolic phenomenon.
After receiving the endorsement from Trump on Wednesday, Julia Letlow said, “It’s truly an honor to have President Trump’s support and I look forward to joining the fight to save our country by putting America first!”
It’s truly an honor to receive President Trump’s endorsement and I look forward to joining in the fight to save our country by putting America first! pic.twitter.com/maezK3nNA7
- Julia B Letlow, Ph.D (@jbletlow) March 11, 2021
Julia Letlow had said in January that she should run for the seat her late husband won last year. She told Fox News, “I heard him very clearly in my head saying that he would be proud of me as I moved forward.”
Julia Letlow said she and her husband were a team and “had been together for eight years.” She recounted how he always shared his day with her when he came Home, adding that she and her husband both had a heart for public service.
“He always encouraged me that if there was an opportunity for me to serve, I would take that opportunity.” She said.
Others who encouraged Julia Letlow to come out and run for office include: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and former Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Ariz.). Luke Letlow served as Abraham’s chief of staff before he was elected to the House.
Last year, Luke Letlow won a special election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, but soon died on Dec. 29, from complications of a virus. In January, his wife, Julia Letlow, officially announced her candidacy for the seat.
In a statement, she said, “I am running to continue Luke’s mission – to stand up for our Christian values, fight for our rural farming communities and deliver real results to move our country forward.”
The election will be held March 20.