In his video endorsement, Cotton brought up Mango’s military service, something the two share in common. Mango attended West Point, and served as a Captain with the 82nd Airborne in the 1980’s, while Cotton served with the Army from 2005 to 2010.
“We learn some practical things in the army, like how to shoot, move and communicate,” Cotton said. “But more than that, learned about teamwork, about trust, about solidarity, about love.”
Mango accepted the endorsement, speaking fondly of Cotton in return.
“His commitment to service and our nation is without question, and I look forward to working with him in the weeks and months to come as we take our conservative vision to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties,” he said in a press release.
While the election is still over a year away, fellow Republican and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s (R-York) announcement of his candidacy back in January pushed up the traditional schedule for the race. Endorsements and other campaign events may begin earlier than usual as a result as candidates push to gain the support of state party members ahead of the .
This is not the first time Cotton has gotten involved in PA politics. He spoke in favor of Pat Toomey at a 2016 GOP Fall Dinner.
State House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) is currently seeking support of state party members before he announces if he will enter the race. Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is also rumored to be considering a run.
You can view the video here.