2008 Endorsements: TOP GOP Candidates: Week ending 2/23/07

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Chart as of 2/23

We admit up front that this list is not official. We’ve gathered the names from public news articles and on the candidates website. With that in mind there is no mistake that Mitt Romney increased his endorsement edge.

The difference seems to be a good majority of the Utah delegation getting behind him and making their names public. But there were also numerous endorsements from Georgia and South Carolina. Next week we will make available an endorsement application that will allow you to make contributions to this effort. We will try to source each of these as well.

Mitt Romney
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
245
118
22
Lawyer James Bopp, Jr.
Jay Sekulow
Former Senator Jim Talent
Former Representative Vin Weber
Glenn Hubbard
Greg Mankiw
Cesar Conda
John Cogan
Governor Matt Blunt
Former Governor Bill Owens
Former Governor James B. Edwards
Senator Robert Bennett
Senator Larry Craig
Senator Jim DeMint
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert
Representative Jim McCrery
Representative Dave Camp
Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon
Representative Bill Shuster
Representative Ed Whitfield
Representative Ginny Brown-Waite
Representative Hal Rogers
Representative Joe Knollenberg
Representative John Campbell
Representative John Duncan
Representative John Linder
Representative Marsha Blackburn
Representative Mike Rogers
Representative Mike Simpson
Representative Pete Hoekstra
Representative Phil Gingrey
Representative Ralph Regula
Representative Robert Aderholt
Representative Rodney Alexander
Representative Ron Lewis
Representative Tom Feeney
Representative Tom Price
Harry Cavanagh
Kevin DeMenna
Lee Hanley
Paul And Susan Gilbert
Wil Cardon
Former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings
Former House Speaker Allan Bense
Former Republican Party Of Florida Chairman Al Cardenas
Former House Speaker John Thrasher
Mayor Rick Baker, St. Petersburg
State Representative Anitere Flores
State Representative Dennis Baxley
State Representative Jennifer Carroll
Former State Representative Dudley Goodlette
Ann Herberger
Mandy Fletcher
Marc Reichelderfer
Sally Bradshaw
David Griffin
Van Poole
• Former House Speaker Brent Siegrist
• Former Congressional Candidate Brian Kennedy
• State House Republican Leader Christopher Rants
Senator Scott Brown
Senator Robert Hedlund
Minority Leader Bradley Jones
Assistant Minority Leader Mary Rogeness
Minority Whip George Peterson
Assistant Minority Whip John Lepper
Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Viriato deMacedo
Representative Lewis Evangelidis
Representative Paul Frost
Representative Susan Gifford
Representative Robert Hargraves
Representative Bradford Hill
Representative Donald Humason
Representative Jeffrey Davis Perry
Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Representative Karyn Polito
Representative Richard Ross
Representative Todd Smola
Representative Daniel Webster
Mayor Michael Sullivan, Lawrence
Sheriff Frank Cousins, Essex County
Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County
Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Bristol County
District Attorney Tim Cruz, Plymouth County
District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Cape and Islands
District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, Northwestern Counties
• Michigan House Republican Leader Craig DeRoche (R-Novi)
• Gerry Mason, Michigan Grassroots Chairman
Senator Cameron Brown
Senator Nancy Cassis
Senator Valde Garcia
Senator Jud Gilbert
Senator Roger Kahn
Senator Bruce Patterson
Senator Alan Sanborn

Senator Tony Stamas
Rep. Dan Acciavatti
Rep. Fran Amos
Rep. Dick Ball
Rep. Darwin Booher
Rep. Jack Brandenburg
Rep. Tom Casperson
Rep. Bruce Caswell
Rep. Bill Caul
Rep. John Garfield
Rep. Geoff Hansen
Rep. Dave Hildenbrand
Rep. Jack Hoogendyk
Rep. Ken Horn
Rep. Joe Hune
Rep. Rick Jones
Rep. Martin Knollenberg
Rep. Phil LaJoy
Rep. Jim Marleau
Rep. Kim Meltzer
Rep. Tim Moore
Rep. Chuck Moss
Rep. Neal Nitz
Rep. Paul Opsommer
Rep. Brian Palmer
Rep. Dave Palsrok
Rep. John Pastor
Rep. Phil Pavlov
Rep. Tom Pearce
Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker
Rep. Rick Shaffer
Rep. Fulton Sheen
Rep. John Stakoe
Rep. Howard Walker
• Former Representative Tommy Hartnett (R-SC)
Former Representative Tommy Hartnett
Terry Sullivan, State Director
George Ramsey, Political Director
Mike Green, Coalitions Director
Henry Fishburne
Dick Coen
Larry Richter
Wayland Moody
Ricky Horne
Paul Hogan
Bill Hewitt
Laura Hewitt
John Rivers
Joseph Murray
Gene Zurlo
Treasurer Kay Ivey
State Senator Joe Kyrillos
Cindy Costa
Darrell Crate
David Norcross
Donna Gosney
Jody Dow
June Hartley
Louis Pope
Lynn Windel
Peter Cianchette
Robert Manning
Ron Kaufman
Sara Gear Boyd
Solomon Yue
Tom Rath
Tony Parker
Vance Day
Christopher Collins, Managing Member of First Atlantic Capital, LLC
Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development
Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation
John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company
John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger
Ambassador Mel Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company
Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments
Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments
Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay
Senate President John L. Valentine
Majority Leader Curtis S. Bramble
Majority Whip Dan R. Eastman
Assistant Majority Whip Sheldon Killpack
Senator D. Chris Buttars
Senator Allen M. Christensen
Senator Margaret Dayton
Senator John W. (Bill) Hickman
Senator Lyle W. Hillyard
Senator Scott K. Jenkins
Senator Peter C. Knudson
Senator Mark B. Madsen
Senator Howard A. Stephenson
Senator Dennis E. Stowell
Senator Kevin VanTassell
Senator Carlene M. Walker
Speaker Greg J. Curtis
Majority Leader David Clark
Majority Whip Gordon E. Snow
Assistant Majority Whip Brad L. Dee
Rules Chair Stephen H. Urquhart
Representative Douglas C. Aagard
Representative Sylvia S. Andersen
Representative Jim Bird
Representative DeMar Bud Bowman
Representative Melvin R. Brown
Representative Stephen D. Clark
Representative Bradley M. Daw
Representative Glenn A. Donnelson
Representative Jack Draxler
Representative Ben C. Ferry
Representative Julie Fisher
Representative Craig A. Frank
Representative Kevin S. Garn
Representative Kerry W. Gibson
Representative Keith Grover
Representative Wayne A. Harper
Representative Christopher N. Herrod
Representative Kory M. Holdaway
Represent
ative Gregory H. Hughes
Representative Fred Hunsaker
Representative Eric K. Hutchings
Representative Todd E. Kiser
Representative Bradley G. Last
Representative Steven R. Mascaro
Representative John G. Mathis
Representative Kay L. McIff
Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove
Representative Michael T. Morley
Representative Michael E. Noel
Representative Curtis Oda
Representative Aaron Tilton
Representative Mark W. Walker
Representative Richard W. Wheeler
Representative Carl Wimmer
Representative Scott L. Wyatt
Senator Orrin Hatch
Georgia House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter
Eric J. Tanenblatt
Sam Olens
Oscar N. Persons
Fred Cooper
Nancy Coverdell
Senator Bill Mescher
Councilman Joe Dill
Representative Alan Clemmons
Representative Nikki Haley
Representative Chip Huggins
Representative Ted Pitts
Senator Ronnie Cromer
Representative Nathan Ballentine

Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
Marlys Popma
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Rep. Rick Renzi (Ariz.)
Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.)
Sen. Trent Lott (Miss.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. John Thune
Cory Tilley
J. Antonio Villamil
John “Mac” Stipanovich
Governor Bob Martinez
Matt Mayberry
John Chambers
Fred Smith
Guy Rodgers
Manny Kadre
Marty Fiorentino
Brian Ballard
David Azbell
De Byerly
Marlene D. Elwell
Fred Zeidman
Dax Swatek
Eileen Weiser
George Dean Johnson, Jr
Hayden Dempsey
Ed Failor, Jr., Executive Vice President of Iowans for Tax Relief
Rob Gray
Maxine Sieleman
Trey Walker
Steve Schmidt
John Thain
Jerry Perenchio;
John A. Moran;
Thomas G. Loeffler;
James B. Lee, Jr.;
Lewis M. Eisenberg
Donald R. Diamond
Donald Bren
James Huffines
Florida Republican Party Vice Chairman J. Allison DeFoor
Florida Attorney General Jim Smith
Governor Jane Swift
Macomb County Republican Chairwoman Janice Nearon
Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice Chair Andrew Wendt
state Rep. David Law
state Rep. Lorence Wenke
state Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr
state Rep. Judy Emmons
Senator Randy Richardville
Agustin G. Corbella
Jon Huntsman
Mark Shurtleff
Governor William P. Clements
Robert Mosbacher
R. McCombs
Mike Cox
Dave Dishaw
Chairman Glenn Clark
Doug Smith
Alec Poitevint
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond
Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob
Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
State Senator Michelle McManus
Karen Slifka, Regional Political Director for the Republican National
U.S. Senate candidate Keith Butler
Rep. Spencer Bachus
John E. Lyons, Jr.
Senator Wayne Kuipers
Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Susan Collins
Representative Josh Tardy
State Senator John Gallus
Representative Bill Remick
Representative John Tholl, Jr
former Michigan House Speakers Chuck Perricone
Speaker Johnson
Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06)
Rep. John Shadegg (AZ-03)
Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19)
Rep. Mark Kirk (IL-10)
Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-03)
George Gallo
Assistant Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer
Representative Kevin Elsenheimer
Minority Floor Leader Chris Ward
Winton Blount III
Rep. Ric Keller
Rep. LaTourette
Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Howe
Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Rep. Ric Keller
Rep. LaTourette
Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Howe
Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Rep. Christopher Shays
Republican National Committeewoman Eileen Slocum
Rep. Robert Watson
Former Senator Phil Gramm
Attorney General McKenna
Congressman Chip Pickering (MS-03)
Governor Mitch Daniels
Michigan State Senator John Pappageorge
Governor Frank Keating
Rep. Mike Castle
Delaware Speaker of the House Terry Spence
Former Senator Mike DeWine
Senator Hugh Leatherman
Candice Miller
Susan Molinari
David Dreier
Dr. Mark P. Campbell
Rick Wiley
Bill Stepien
Jake Menges
Cary Evans
K.C. Jones
Matthew R. Mahoney
Brian Cresta
Michael Knapik
Brian Lees
Bruce Tarr
Richard Tisei
Ted Olson
Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent
Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.)
Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.)
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Candice Miller
Rep. Pete Sessions

Endorsement Count - The Rough Cut

Here’s the graphic I published on Friday.

It hasn’t changed dramatically… there are a few more endorsements for everyone over the weekend.

Later this week we will be unveiling an interactive database for endorsements… but I’m getting a lot emails wanting names (GIVE US A NAME!) So, here are the names, in no particular order… Rough and tumble and a bit ugly… but there they are.

MITT ROMNEY
JOHN MCCAIN
RUDY GIULIANI
176
104
20
Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO)
Former Governor Bill Owens (R-CO)
Former Governor James B. Edwards (R-SC)
Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
Representative Jim McCrery (R-LA)
Representative Dave Camp (R-MI)
Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA)
Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY)
Representative Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)
Representative John Campbell (R-CA)
Representative John Duncan (R-TN)
Representative John Linder (R-GA)
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID)
Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
Representative Ralph Regula (R-OH)
Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL)
Representative Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
Representative Ron Lewis (R-KY)
Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL)
Representative Tom Price (R-GA)
Harry Cavanagh
Kevin DeMenna
Lee Hanley
Paul And Susan Gilbert
Wil Cardon
Former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings (R-FL)
Former House Speaker Allan Bense (R-FL)
Former Republican Party Of Florida Chairman Al Cardenas
Former House Speaker John Thrasher
Mayor Rick Baker, St. Petersburg
State Representative Anitere Flores
State Representative Dennis Baxley
State Representative Jennifer Carroll
Former State Representative Dudley Goodlette
Ann Herberger
Mandy Fletcher
Marc Reichelderfer
Sally Bradshaw
David Griffin
Van Poole
Former House Speaker Brent Siegrist (R-IA)
Former Congressional Candidate Brian Kennedy (R-IA)
State House Republican Leader Christopher Rants (R-IA)
Senator Scott Brown
Senator Robert Hedlund
Minority Leader Bradley Jones
Assistant Minority Leader Mary Rogeness
Minority Whip George Peterson
Assistant Minority Whip John Lepper
Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Viriato deMacedo
Representative Lewis Evangelidis
Representative Paul Frost
Representative Susan Gifford
Representative Robert Hargraves
Representative Bradford Hill
Representative Donald Humason
Representative Jeffrey Davis Perry
Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Representative Karyn Polito
Representative Richard Ross
Representative Todd Smola
Representative Daniel Webster
Mayor Michael Sullivan, Lawrence
Sheriff Frank Cousins, Essex County
Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County
Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Bristol County
District Attorney Tim Cruz, Plymouth County
District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Cape and Islands
District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, Northwestern Counties
Michigan House Republican Leader Craig DeRoche (R-Novi)
Gerry Mason, Michigan Grassroots Chairman
Senator Cameron Brown
Senator Nancy Cassis
Senator Valde Garcia
Senator Jud Gilbert
Senator Roger Kahn
Senator Bruce Patterson
Senator Alan Sanborn
Senator Tony Stamas
Rep. Dan Acciavatti
Rep. Fran Amos
Rep. Dick Ball
Rep. Darwin Booher
Rep. Jack Brandenburg
Rep. Tom Casperson
Rep. Bruce Caswell
Rep. Bill Caul
Rep. John Garfield
Rep. Geoff Hansen
Rep. Dave Hildenbrand
Rep. Jack Hoogendyk
Rep. Ken Horn
Rep. Joe Hune
Rep. Rick Jones
Rep. Martin Knollenberg
Rep. Phil LaJoy
Rep. Jim Marleau
Rep. Kim Meltzer
Rep. Tim Moore
Rep. Chuck Moss
Rep. Neal Nitz
Rep. Paul Opsommer
Rep. Brian Palmer
Rep. Dave Palsrok
Rep. John Pastor
Rep. Phil Pavlov
Rep. Tom Pearce
Rep. Tonya Schuitmaker
Rep. Rick Shaffer
Rep. Fulton Sheen
Rep. John Stakoe
Rep. Howard Walker
Former Representative Tommy Hartnett (R-SC)
Terry Sullivan, State Director
George Ramsey, Political Director
Mike Green, Coalitions Director
Henry Fishburne
Dick Coen
Richard H. Coen
Larry Richter
Wayland Moody
Ricky Horne
Paul Hogan
Bill Hewitt
Laura Hewitt
John Rivers
Joseph Murray
Gene Zurlo
Cindy Costa, SC
Darrell Crate, MA
David Norcross, NJ
Donna Gosney, WV
Jody Dow, MA
June Hartley, OR
Louis Pope, MD
Lynn Windel, OK
Peter Cianchette, ME
Robert Manning, RI
Ron Kaufman, MA
Sara Gear Boyd, VT
Solomon Yue, OR
Tom Rath, NH
Tony Parker, DC
Vance Day, OR
Christopher Collins, Managing Member of First Atlantic Capital, LLC, Massachusetts
Mark Guzzetta, President of Gemstone Development, Florida
Jon Huntsman Sr., Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, Utah
John Miller, Founding Member of National Beef Packing Company, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge Aldinger, Michigan
Ambassador Mel Sembler, Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company and former ambassador to Italy, Australia, and Nauru, Florida
Tom Tellefsen, President of Tellefsen Investments, California
Ted Welch, Owner of Ted Welch Investments, Tennessee
Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay, California
Lawyer James Bopp, Jr.
Jay Sekulow
Former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO)
Former Representative Vin Weber (R-MN)
Glenn Hubbard
Greg Mankiw
Cesar Conda
John Cogan
House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter
Eric J. Tanenblatt,
Cobb County Commissioner Sam Olens
Oscar N. Persons
Fred Cooper
Nancy Cov
erdell
Hugh Weathers
Marlys Popma
Jon Huntsman
Mark Shurtleff
Governor William P. Clements
Robert Mosbacher
Red†McCombs
Mike Cox
Dave Dishaw
Chairman Glenn Clark
Doug Smith
Alec Poitevint
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond
Michigan Republican National Committeeman Chuck Yob
Republican National Committeewoman Holly Hughes
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
State Senator Michelle McManus
Karen Slifka, Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC)
U.S. Senate candidate Keith Butler
Rep. Spencer Bachus
John E. Lyons, Jr. an influential Republican leader in New Hampshire
enator Wayne Kuipers
Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Susan Collins
Representative Josh Tardy
State Senator John Gallus
Representative Bill Remick
Representative John Tholl, Jr
former Michigan House Speakers Chuck Perricone
Speaker Johnson
Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06),
Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL-06),
Rep. John Shadegg (AZ-03),
Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19),
Rep. Mark Kirk (IL-10)
Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-03)
George Gallo
Assistant Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer
Representative Kevin Elsenheimer
Minority Floor Leader Chris Ward
Winton Blount III
Rep. Ric Keller
Rep. LaTourette
Alabama Republican Party Executive Director Tim Howe
Mayor Carlos Alvarez
Rep. Christopher Shays
Republican National Committeewoman Eileen Slocum
Rep. Robert Watson
Agustin G. Corbella
Senator Randy Richardville,
state Rep. Judy Emmons,
state Rep. Glenn Steil, Jr.,
state Rep. Lorence Wenke,
state Rep. David Law,
Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice Chair Andrew Wendt,
Macomb County Republican Chairwoman Janice Nearon
Governor Jane Swift
Florida Attorney General Jim Smith
Florida Republican Party Vice Chairman J. Allison DeFoor
James Huffines
Donald Bren;
Donald R. Diamond;
Lewis M. Eisenberg;
James B. Lee, Jr.;
Thomas G. Loeffler;
John A. Moran;
Jerry Perenchio;
John Thain
Steve Schmidt
Trey Walker
Maxine Sieleman
Rob Gray
Ed Failor, Jr., Executive Vice President of Iowans for Tax Relief
Hayden Dempsey
George Dean Johnson, Jr
Eileen Weiser
Dax Swatek
Fred Zeidman
Marlene D. Elwell
De Byerly
David Azbell
Brian Ballard
Marty Fiorentino
Manny Kadre
Guy Rodgers
Fred Smith
John Chambers
Matt Mayberry
Governor Bob Martinez
John "Mac" Stipanovich
J. Antonio Villamil
Cory Tilley
Sen. John Thune
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. Trent Lott (Miss.)
Sen. Gordon Smith (Ore.)
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.)
Rep. Rick Renzi (Ariz.)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Candice Miller
Susan Molinari
David Dreier
Dr. Mark P. Campbell
Rick Wiley
Bill Stepien
Jake Menges
Cary Evans
previously served as the Victory Executive Director for
K.C. Jones
Matthew R. Mahoney
Brian Cresta, Former Chair of the MA Republican State Committee
Michael Knapik, MA State Senator
Brian Lees, Former MA Senate Minority Leader
Bruce Tarr, MA Senate Assistant Minority Leader
Richard Tisei, MA Senate Minority Leader
Ted Olson

Endorsement Count: Romney WAY Out in Front

This is by no means scientific but from the research I’ve done and the details I’ve gathered it appears that Romney has a serious edge in public endorsements (for what its worth). Yes its early in the campaign… but that’s the point.

The tally: Romney 171; McCain 93; Rudy 16. These numbers were taken from official press releases and other public endorsements. We’ll have a detailed list available on Tuesday.

Economist John Cogan to serve as co-chair of economic advisory council

Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney announced today that noted economist John Cogan will serve as Co-Chair of the Romney for President Exploratory Committee Economic Advisory Council. He will join Glenn Hubbard and Greg Mankiw in advising Governor Romney on economic policy development.

“I am pleased to welcome John Cogan to the Exploratory Committee. As one of our country’s leading economists, John has an accomplished record of successfully developing pro-growth policies based on conservative principles,” said Governor Romney. “As America faces extraordinary competition from abroad, we will work together to develop the policies needed to maintain our economic leadership. Through sound conservative values like low taxes and smaller government, we can help ensure a more prosperous America.”

Background On John Cogan:

John Cogan Has Had A Distinguished Academic And Public Service Career. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and since 1980, a Stanford University Public Policy professor. Focused on domestic policy, he is an expert on U.S. budget and fiscal policy, Social Security, and health care. In addition to his academic achievements, Cogan has had a long career of public service. From 1981 to 1983, he served as Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor, and from 1983 to 1986, as an Associate Director in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 1988-1989, he was OMB Deputy Director.

In 2000, he served as a senior economic adviser to then-Governor George W. Bush on tax, budget and Social Security issues. Following the election, he directed the President’s budget transition team, and most recently, was a member of the Commission to Strengthen Social Security.

Governor Mitt Romney Announces Co-Senate Liasons

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that U.S. Senators Robert Bennett (R-UT) and Larry Craig (R-ID) will serve as Co-Senate Liaisons for the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. As Liaisons, they will lead Governor Romney’s outreach efforts to their fellow Senators.

“It is an honor to have the support and leadership in the United States Senate of Senator Bennett and Senator Craig. Throughout their years of service, they have compiled strong conservative records and have accomplished much for the people of their states and their nation,” said Governor Romney. “Both men have a unique perspective of the new generation of challenges confronting our nation. I look forward to working with them to find the solutions needed to ensure that our country remains a strong world leader.”

Background On Governor Romney’s Co-Senate Liaisons:

Senator Bob Bennett Is Serving His Third Term In The United States Senate. Re-elected to a third term in 2004, Senator Bennett has served the people of Utah with distinction for over 14 years. As counsel to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Bennett is an integral part of the Republican leadership team advising the leader on legislative strategy and policy priorities. A senior member of the Senate Banking Committee and Joint Economic Committee, he is at the center of national economic policy discussions. Senator Bennett also serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations and Rules Committees. Prior to his election in 1992, Bennett was chief executive officer of the Franklin International Institute.

Senator Craig was the youngest person ever to serve as Chairman of the Steering Committee, a legislative action group for Senate conservatives. He also was Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and is currently the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Senator Craig has been recognized by several national groups for his record of promoting fiscal discipline. Outside the Senate, he sits on the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to his time in the Senate, Senator Craig served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Idaho State Senate.

More on Bopp’s Endorsement

Life News interviewed Bopp on his endorsement of Romney today:

Saying that former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush were converts to as well, Bopp told LifeNews.com that the pro-life community “needs to be open to those who have a sincere conversion to the pro-life cause.”

“When he was Governor and scientists were attempting to persuade him to support government funding of embryonic stem cell research, they said that there was no moral issue, because they destroy the embryos after 14 days,” Bopp explained. “This hit him hard, how Roe v. Wade had cheapened life, and he publicly announced that he wanted to be considered pro-life.”

He said a specific life-changing experience like Romney’s is “persuasive.”

Bopp also indicated that Romney’s subsequent actions have affirmed his newfound pro-life stance.

“He vetoed the bill on embryonic stem cell research and some other efforts to liberalize the Massachusetts abortion law,” Bopp said.

Ultimately, Bopp told LifeNews.com that a frank discussion of pro-life issues persuaded him.

“I have meet with him personally, discussed these issues with him and am satisfied that his pro-life position is sincere,” he concluded.