She was on a plane flying out of New Hampshire, heading to Texas… not too long ago.
She was going to twist Rick Perry’s arm to get in the presidential race.
She spoke with the Texas Governor.
She got her wish.
She’s been watching and waiting.
She’s been mulling.
She has endorsed Mitt Romney.
Former NH State Rep and prominent New Hampshire social conservative Maureen Mooney has added to Rick Perry’s terrible, horrible, no good day. (NH State Rep Norman Major flipped from Perry to Romney last night.)
Prominent social conservative Maureen Mooney tells WMURPoliticalScoop.com she is endorsing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, even months after she was among a very small group who flew from New Hampshire to Texas to encourage Rick Perry to run for president.
“This is Mitt’s time and this is his year,” she said. “He has been a friend of New Hampshire for years now and is very supportive of the New Hampshire Republican Party, candidates locally, the county and state. Furthermore, he demonstrates a sharpness in every debate we have seen him in that will match up well against Barack Obama. That is precisely what we need.”
Mooney’s endorsement comes ahead the Cornerstone Action fundraising dinner tonight with keynote speaker Rick Perry. And, yes, Mooney will be there.
Mooney, of Merrimack, is a former state representative, and state Republican Party treasurer.
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From the UnionLeader.com:
UPDATE: MOONEY WITH MITT.
Following our exclusive report early today that veteran state Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, has “flipped” from Texas Gov. Rick Perry to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, conservative former state Rep. Maureen Mooney of Merrimack told us she is also backing Romney.
Mooney was among a small group of Granite Staters who traveled to Austin, Tex., in August to talk to Perry when he was considering running for President. But while others then backed Perry when he became a candidate, she said she went to Austin uncommitted, returned uncommitted and had been uncommitted until two weeks ago, when she decided on Romney.
Mooney cited the former Massachusetts governor’s “private business sector background and a proven record of being able to turn around corporations. That’s clearly what this country needs now.”
She said Romney’s “better experience in the private sector” than Perry “will draw a clear line of distinction between him and President Obama.”
Ms. Mooney, your endorsement is marvelous!
► Jayde Wyatt