As part of his visit to Arizona today, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released a list of Arizona politicos and bigwigs that are endorsing his candidacy.
Romney is the first candidate to release this kind of list of Arizona supporters. While the GOP candidates have been doing plenty of work in other early primary states, the campaign organization in our state has been relatively quiet until today.
Romney's list of endorsers—from our local auto dealer Jim Click to the likes of Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Attorney General Tom Horne—represents the relatively mainstream wing of the Arizona GOP. You don't, for example, find the names of firebrands like Sens. Russell Peace, Frank Antenori or Al Melvin on the list.
The press release, along with the list of names, is below the jump.
Mitt Romney today announced endorsements in Arizona.
“Arizona is an important state in my campaign and I am thrilled to receive the support of so many outstanding leaders from this great state,” said Mitt Romney. “We will work together to spread the message of economic growth, job creation, and fiscal responsibility.”
“We are facing a critical time in our nation’s history. Millions of Americans are suffering under the current failed economic policies of President Obama. I know Mitt Romney has the experience, vision and plan to get Americans back to work,” said Paul Gilbert, Romney Arizona Co-Chair.
"Governor Romney understands America's free enterprise system and how it can work for everyone. He has a well-defined plan for returning our great country to full employment. He has demonstrated his abilities to fix difficult situations throughout his business career, including turning around a failing Olympic effort into one of the most successful games ever, and his governorship of Massachusetts," said Romney Arizona Co-Chair Jim Click.
“President Obama has led this country in the wrong direction. Our national debt is out of control and his policies have stifled job creation. It’s time to elect a leader with real experience to turn this economy around and put Americans back to work,” said Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.
“Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the vision, experience and leadership to get this economy moving again,” said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. “His experience is unparalleled and he has what it takes to create jobs and get spending under control.”
Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Attorney General Tom Horne
House Speaker Andy Tobin
Paul E. & Susan Gilbert
Lee & Nancy Hanley
Ambassador Barbara & Dr. Craig R. Barrett
Jim & Vicki Click
Kevin & Melissa DeMenna
Arizona Legislative Endorsements
House Majority Leader Steve Court
Senator Rich Crandall (Education Chairman)
Senator Michele Reagan (Economic Development & Jobs Creation Chairwoman)
Senator Adam Driggs (Veterans & Military Affairs Chairman)
Senator John McComish (Banking & Insurance Chairman)
Representative Bob Robson (Employment & Regulatory Affairs Chairman)
Representative Cecil Ash (Health & Human Services Chairman)
Representative Tom Forese (Higher Education, Innovation & Reform Chairman)
Representative Russ Jones (Agriculture & Water Chairman)
Representative Doris Goodale (Education Chairwoman)
Representative Peggy Judd (Member of Health & Human Services, Agriculture & Water and Energy & Natural Resources committees)
Representative Nancy McLain (Banking & Insurance Chairwoman)
Representative Justin Olson (Appropriations Vice-Chairman)
Representative Karen Fann (Environment Vice-Chairwoman)
Representative Heather Carter (Health & Human Services Vice-Chairwoman)
Representative Steve Urie (Member of Appropriations Committee, Agriculture & Water Committee & Government Committee)
Arizona Finance Committee
Cecil & Linda Ash
Ernie & Ginna Baird
Denny & Nichole Barney
Edward "Trey" Basha
Leo & Annette Beus
Max & Debbie Boyer
Nancy & Art Case
Steven R. Chanen
Greg & Demi Davis
Ira A. & Mary Lou Fulton
Al & Kathleen Gardner
Todd & Ashley Heap
Dr. Karl & Diana Hiatt
David & Rena Hoefferle
Dr. Bill & Susan Horsley
Rex & Ruth Maughan
Steve & Debbie Moak
Chris & Irene Monson
Jerry & Vickie Moyes
Todd & Amy Nelson
John & Verna Perkinson
Marian & Michael Pickerd
Bob & CC Porter
Steve & Marilyn Rizley
Tyler & Kristen Robison
Heather & Paul Sandstrom
Eddy & Heather Torriente
Danny & Jo Lynn White
Jeff & Holly Whiteman
Bob & Christi Worsley