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Romney Finds Friends In Idaho Elected Officials

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is finding a lot of support among elected officials in Idaho.

Mitt Romney’s campaign sent out a press release today naming Idaho elected officials who support the candidate.

The new list more than doubles the number of elected officials supporting Romney.

Idaho leaders supporting Romney:

— Sen. Dean M. Mortimer

— Sen. Chuck Winder

— Sen. Bert Brackett

— Sen. John Tippets

— Sen. Denton Darrington

— Sen. Steve Bair

— Sen. Jeff C. Siddoway

— Sen. John C. Andreason

— Sen. Lee Heider

— Sen. Shawn Keough

— Sen. Dean Cameron

— Rep. Eric Anderson

— Rep. Linden Bateman

— Rep. Joe Palmer

— Rep. Maxine Bell

— Rep. Sharon Block

— Rep. Reed DeMordaunt

— Rep. Marc Gibbs

— Rep. Lynn Luker

— Rep. Jim Marriott

— Rep. Janice McGeachin

— Rep. Dell Raybould

— Rep. Mack Shirley

— Rep. Bert Stevenson

— Rep. Jeff Thompson

— Rep. Tom Trail

— Rep. Fred Wood

Idaho elected officials and leaders already supporting Romney:

— Gov. C.L. ?Butch? Otter

— U.S. Sen. Jim Risch

— U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson

— Lt. Gov. Brad Little

— Secretary of State Ben Ysursa

— Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Luna

— State Controller Donna Jones

— Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

— Senate Pro Tempore Brent Hill

— Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney

— Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis

— Assistant Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder

— House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke

— House Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts

?I think its really important to have someone who is strong and proven,? Rep. Janice McGeachin said. ?I think we need to have a strong CEO right now.?

?It?s an honor to have the support of so many conservative Idaho leaders,? said Mitt Romney. ?This level of support shows that my message of restoring fiscal sanity to Washington is resonating with voters across the country. These supporters will be crucial in helping me spread my message of creating jobs and cutting spending in the months to come.?

?It is an honor to announce these additions to Mitt Romney?s growing team in Idaho,? said Governor Butch Otter. ?These last three years have seen unacceptably high unemployment and home values that have fallen, all while the middle class is getting crushed. We need someone who will restore fiscal sanity to the federal government so that we can create jobs and get our country back on track. Mitt Romney is that man and I urge Idaho voters to join me in standing with him.?

We also spoke with Rep. Erik Simpson, who is not on the list. He said he has nothing against Romney but rather he supports any Republican alternative to president Obama.

“The bottom line is I’m going to support whoever is the victor and throw 100 percent of my support behind them in beating Obama because that is really the objective here” Simpson said.

The Gem State has 32 delegates up for grabs which will be awarded proportionally; that’s more delegates than Iowa, New Hampshire, or Nevada.

The state’s caucuses are March 6.

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