Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell Announces His Personal Endorsement Of Mitt Romney In The Republican Presidential Race

On October 12th, 2011, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced his personal endorsement of Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. This follows by one day a much more weighty endorsement -- that of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been rewarded by being placed on Romney's short list for vice-president. KTUU Channel 2 specifically notes that Treadwell's endorsement wasn't made in his professional capacity at lieutenant governor.

A press release issued by the Romney campaign included the following quote from Treadwell:

“Alaska’s agenda is to help America’s agenda: we produce energy, and help keep America strong. The current White House doesn’t get it. We need a leader like Mitt Romney who understands and who will help us help the country. As governor, he created thousands of jobs, balanced the state’s budget, and cut taxes. His record of results speaks for itself – that is why I am supporting him.”

Mitt Romney won the Alaska Republican caucus in February 2008, and one of Romney's sons, Josh Romney, appeared in Fairbanks in September 2011 to drum up support, so Treadwell's endorsement, which is representative of the business elite in Alaska, will undoubtedly help. However, Ron Paul remains quite popular in Alaska, and the Republican caucus in 2012 could be a spirited two-horse race between Romney and Paul. Furthermore, former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has pledged to stop Romney from getting the nomination; Miller seems to be leaning slightly towards Herman Cain. Cain and Michele Bachmann could also attract residual support, assuming they even stay in the race.

Despite a kerfluffle following the October 7th Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. over Romney's membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mitt Romney is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, as people across the GOP grow more accepting of him as the party’s standard-bearer. Romney's candidacy has been buoyed by a series of strong debate performances.

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