The Tea Party of Louisiana is backing retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness’ run for U.S. Senate, even as potential candidates continue to eye the opening Senate seat.

Maness, a Republican, previously ran for Senate in 2014, but the state’s largest tea party organization didn’t endorse anyone that year.

In announcing its endorsement this year, the group said it reviewed the candidates so far — other Republicans running include U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming and State Treasuerer John Kennedy — and found Maness stood out.

“Col. Maness is a rare specimen in the world of politics as he is someone who exudes honor, character and most importantly trust,” the group’s spokesman Bob Reid said in a statement. “As a career military man instead of a career politician, he will be able to bring a unique outsider perspective to the U.S. Senate which is sorely needed.”

Maness also recently picked up the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. The election will be held Nov. 8, with a Dec. 3 runoff expected.