Donnie Wahlberg thinks Marco Rubio has the right stuff

CNN —  

Boy band member Donnie Wahlberg officially endorsed Rubio for president Sunday as the junior Florida senator heads to North Las Vegas to campaign ahead of Tuesday’s Nevada Republican caucuses.

“We need a leader like Marco to inspire a new Republican party and unite our nation,” said Wahlberg, a member of “New Kids on the Block,” in a statement distributed by the Rubio campaign.

Wahlberg made his opinion known on Twitter during CNN’s Republican town hall a few days prior, saying Rubio was “the only candidate that can, and will, beat” Donald Trump.”

An endorsement from Wahlberg, a Boston native, may come in handy as part of Rubio’s efforts to hang tough on “Super Tuesday,” a packed day on the primary calendar where many states, including Massachusetts, will cast their votes.

Trump, meanwhile, has often touted his friendship with New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.