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"Over the last month, we have provided our endorsements, but left two races open-ended as we debated them internally: the Republican presidential nomination, and the Indian gaming propositions.

"Knowing that voters must do the same, we have made up our minds. It wasn't easy. There was more internal debate about the candidates and issues than there has been in years - and that's a good thing.

"Our endorsements.. Republican: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Although Arizona Sen. John McCain's maverick streak appeals to some of us, Romney has proved that an intelligent, conservative businessman can effectively lead the nation's most liberal state, stage a fantastic Winter Olympics and create wealth and jobs in the private sector."

"In few election years have Republicans enjoyed the diverse and impressive selection of presidential candidates they do in 2008. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands out among these elite talents as a proven administrator, the candidate with the best understanding of the U.S. economy, and the contender most likely to stem illegal immigration. The Sacramento Union therefore endorses Willard Mitt Romney as Republican nominee for the U.S. presidency.

"Romney possesses perhaps the strongest managerial resume and record of anyone who has ever sought the U.S. presidency. He holds joint JD/MBA degrees from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude, and Harvard Business School, where he made the top 5 percent of his class.

"No other candidate, Republican or Democratic, has Romney’s ground-level experience and success in the U.S. economy. He began his business career as a vice president for Bain & Company, a Boston management consulting firm, before founding and heading Bain Capital, a spin-off, private investment company. Under Romney’s 14-year leadership, Bain Capital’s internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent. In 1990, he returned to Bain & Company, then near bankruptcy. Within a year, he rescued the company from the red without lay-offs, and today, it employs more than 2,000 people in 25 offices around the world.

"Romney later became CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, where he again demonstrated the kind of managerial talents the White House demands. When Romney took the helm, the event was foundering, $379 million short of its revenue benchmarks. The games were plagued, too, by allegations of bribery against Romney’s predecessors. Romney staunched the event’s deficit spending, increased fundraising, organized 23,000 volunteers, and ended the games with a $100 million profit despite spending $224.5 million to ensure security following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

"In 2002 Romney showed his ability to appeal to a broad crosssection of voters when he was elected, as a conservative, to the governorship of notoriously leftleaning, high-tax Massachusetts. There, he inherited a $1.2 billion state budget deficit but orchestrated a magnificent turnaround. He balanced the state budget every year of his administration without raising taxes and recorded a $700 million surplus in 2006. During his last year, Romney tried to control costs by vetoing 250 items in the state budget, all of which were overturned by the free-spending state legislature. This more than suggests that Romney has the fortitude to fight the pork barrel expenditures he will inevitably encounter in Washington, D.C.

"With the U.S. either on the cusp of an economic recession or already in its throes, Romney is best equipped among the GOP presidential contestants to achieve yet another turnaround by reviving the nation’s capacity to generate jobs and business. When he became governor, Massachusetts was shedding thousands of jobs per month. But at the close of his administration, the state had attracted hundreds of new companies and added 60,000 new jobs.

"Romney is a Reagan-style supply-sider. He knows that lower taxes invigorate the economy by increasing investment in new plants and jobs. Unlike other candidates, he has taken the no-tax pledge advanced by Americans for Tax Reform. He supported the 2003 Bush tax cuts and will work to make them permanent. What is more, he would eliminate capital gains taxes on middle-class taxpayers and do away with the “death tax” (inheritance tax) for all taxpayers.

"We also believe that Romney will do what is necessary to preserve America’s sovereignty and security in the face of 12 to 20 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S. He opposed last year’s McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill, favors implementation of “a mandatory biometrically-enabled and tamper-proof documentation and employment-verification system,” supports development of “a wall or fence or electronic surveillance” along America’s porous borders, and has pushed for broader enforcement of U.S. immigration laws by state and local police. Gov. Romney signed an agreement in 2006 to allow Massachusetts state troopers to enforce federal immigration laws. He also vetoed in-state tuition for illegals, fought efforts to weaken the state’s English language immersion law, and opposed legislation to grant driver’s licenses to illegals.

"He is right on the immigration issue as he is on most others. But the issue that will count most this election year is the economy. With polls showing that voters are increasingly worried about the housing and debt meltdown, Romney appears to be the right man at the right time. While other candidates have been hard pressed to offer quick fixes to these economic woes, Romney alone boasts a record of financial crisis management. No other candidate possesses his grasp of marketplace dynamics. And none have resuscitated a budget the size of Massachusetts’. He is a proven turnaround specialist, just what is needed if the country is to achieve four more years of economic prosperity."

* Fmr. Governor (and Senator) Pete Wilson

“Mitt Romney is an enthusiastic believer in American exceptionalism and has been a spectacular example of it: Mitt has been a success in creating American private sector jobs, a success as the rescuer of the Salt Lake City Olympic games, and as a public chief executive as the Republican governor in the challenging environment of heavily Democratic Massachusetts.

“It is clear that he will be a success in the White House---as the strong leader America so desperately needs to reverse the unprecedented and utterly irresponsible borrowing, taxing and spending of the Obama administration. And as the most electable top of our ticket, his candidacy will attract the support of Republican, Independent and wise Democratic voters---and is rightly seen by down-ticket Republican candidates as the nominee most beneficial to them in their own races. He is the leader we need to rescue this great nation from the tragedy of a second Obama term that threatens grave and perhaps irreparable harm to both our economy and our national security. Mitt Romney will provide the leadership to create the confidence and certainty of judgment needed to stimulate investment that creates jobs rather than green taxpayer-funded bankruptcies. He will restore America's strength and credibility, and win back respect for America from both our friends and our enemies.”

"Pete Wilson served as the 36th governor of California (1991–1999), the culmination of more than three decades of public service that included eight years as a United States Senator (1983–1991), eleven years as Mayor of San Diego (1971–1982) and four years as a California State Assemblyman (1967–1971)."

“This election is too important for our party to nominate a candidate without the real-world economic experience and proven track record that Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout this campaign and throughout his life. The members of his California Leadership Team have already been hard at work spreading his pro-growth message and working to ensure that President Obama is defeated in November. I am proud to be a part of this team and encourage my fellow Republicans to unite behind the one candidate we know can beat President Obama and create an economic climate that will bring jobs back to California.”

Also fmr. Governor George Deukmejian endorsed Mitt Romney:

★ Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA)

“Governor Romney’s leadership and experience are what this country needs right now. President Obama’s failures are wreaking havoc on the economy and we need a leader who can fix the fiscal mess we are in and create jobs,” said Congressman Bilbray. “I also believe that Mitt Romney will be the best candidate to secure the border and put a halt to illegal immigration.”

“Announcing his support today, Congressman Bilbray said, "Our country faces unprecedented challenges and we need a leader with proven executive leadership. That leader is Mitt Romney. He can strengthen our economy because he has worked firsthand in the economy. He will work to strengthen our immigration laws without allowing amnesty to 12-20 million illegal immigrants. I am proud to support Governor Mitt Romney and his campaign to be our next President."

“Congressman Bilbray is Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus and a San Diego native.”

★ Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)

"Announcing his support, Congressman Campbell said, “President Obama has taken the country in the wrong direction – his policies have made job creation more difficult and have exploded the national debt. Mitt Romney has a proven job creation record and he is the right man to lead our country toward economic recovery.” "

“Today, economic issues dominate the scene in America. We have record-breaking, unsustainable deficits and face credit downgrades and a looming debt crisis. We are supposedly in the middle of economic recovery, but no one can really feel it. Unemployment is stubbornly high and shows no signs of coming down any time soon. Inflation is now running over 3%, which is relatively low, but since savings accounts pay essentially nothing, the wealth of Americans is being eroded...

“President Obama has been the major contributor to these problems. He has massively grown spending, deficits and debt in a misguided and failed Keynesian attempt to fix the economy. His strong and very liberal ideology continues to churn out job-killing policies in the areas of health care, energy, finance and manufacturing...

“There is NO ONE running for president who understands economics and the way jobs are created like Governor Romney. And, it’s not even close. He has executive experience both running Bain Capital in the private sector and the state of Massachusetts in the public sector. And, he did well in both, even in spite of a legislature overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats in the latter. No on-the-job training needed for this guy. The problems of our economy are diverse and complex, and there is no one, single solution to solve them all. Housing, energy, manufacturing, health care, you name it. You can’t solve them all with the same medicine. Romney understands that. He is smart. Very smart...

“I want this country to grow again. I want to have confidence in the future again. I want to be willing to take business risks again. I want Americans to have good jobs again. I want the rest of the world to treasure our debt again, not fear it. And, I want my kids to live better and have more opportunity than I did.

“I think Mitt Romney is far and away our best chance at accomplishing these goals in the coming 4 years. He will lead. He will solve problems. He can achieve the consensus to make things happen. His administration will work. He is the competent, proven conservative in the race.”

Wally Herger

★ Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA)

Announcing his support, Congressman Herger said “Governor Romney’s experience in both the private and public sectors are what make him the best candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012. As governor, he balanced the state’s budget and built up a $2 billion rainy-day fund without raising taxes. That is the kind of experience we need in the White House.”

Announcing his support for Governor Romney, Congressman Herger said, "Governor Romney has the experience, vision and values to lead our country and meet a new generation of challenges. Throughout this campaign, he has distinguished himself as the only candidate who has outlined the vision and the policies that will keep us safe and build a stronger America. I am proud to make today's announcement and look forward to campaigning for him throughout the coming months."

Demonstrating support from across the California GOP spectrum, today the Presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney announced two prominent California endorsers, that we'll call the "book-ends" of the party. On the right end of the shelf, Romney has been endorsed by popular, conservative Congressman Wally Herger (pictured right), who makes his home up in the northern end of the state. On the "other" end of the GOP bookshelf, Romney has earned the endorsement of moderate former Republican Assemblyman Brooks Firestone (pictured left), now a County Supervisor in Santa Barbara County.

★ Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA)

"Announcing his support, Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services, said, “President Obama’s policies have failed California and the country. Mitt Romney has a proven record of job creation in both the private sector and as a governor.” "

"Governor Romney has put forth the most comprehensive plan to strengthen America, and his record shows he has the leadership ability to bring change and demand results. He has overcome extraordinary challenges in business, at the 2002 Winter Olympics and as Governor of Massachusetts, and we believe he can do the same for America."

* Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Announcing his support, Congressman Issa said, “As a former businessman, I know that Mitt Romney is the right candidate to get both California and the country’s economy on the right track again. The country would be well served to have someone who knows how the economy works and has worked in the private sector. President Obama never worked in the real economy – we can’t afford to have another president who has spent his career outside the real economy.”

Rohrabacher presents Romney with Reagan bust for having Reaganesque qualities.

★ Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

“I am honored today to announce that I am supporting Governor Mitt Romney in his bid for the Presidency. I have met him, exchanged views and find him to have the personal qualities and a commitment to the right ideas necessary to lead our country in these challenging times.

“Having worked in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, I have a first-hand understanding of the kind of person needed to assume the incredible responsibility of being our country's chief executive, commander in chief of our armed forces and inspirational leader of the American people. I have no hesitation in my decision to back Governor Romney – he is by far the best choice and the most electable of the candidates. Mitt can and will lead us as a people out of our current danger of an economic calamity, which is hanging over our heads. He will lead us into an era of peace and prosperity based on his unshaken faith in those values and principles that have taken us through so many crises and made us the great nation that God intended America to be. Mitt has the ideas, the energy and the integrity to get the job done.”

Rep. Rohrabacher says "Mitt Romney is the best candidate." Lars Larson replies, "Well, absolutely,... I'm already sold on him" in an interview on Lars Larson's national radio program. They then discuss the candidates.

Play  Lars Larson Rohrabacher interview - Jan 22, 2008 (first few seconds)

The following link has a list of audio clips.
Select 2008, January, then click on the Jan 22 Rohrabacher clip:

“Making today's announcement, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher issued the following statement: "Our country is facing great challenges. Among the most ominous is illegal immigration, which has been permitted to spin out of control for the last decade and a half. The safety of our country and the prosperity of our people are at great risk because of the magnitude of this problem. Mitt Romney is the candidate I trust most to take the steps necessary to secure our borders and protect the American people.

“ "Governor Romney can also be expected to provide strong economic leadership because he is the only candidate with private sector experience and a successful track record of creating jobs and managing a major corporation.

“ "I'm confident in Governor Romney's character and commitment to the principals at the heart of the Republican party. I cannot say that about the other candidates vying for the Republican nomination. Mitt Romney is the best candidate available for our party's nomination, and I'm going to vote for and support him. I encourage my fellow conservatives to do the same." ”

Congressman Rohrabacher, who represents southern California's 46th disctrict, is known for being "committed to securing our borders and a staunch opponent of amnesty for illegal immigrants", as noted in his BIOGRAPHY webpage on his website:

U.S. Rep. Bono Mack

* Rep. Bono Mack (R-CA)

“Mitt has a strong, proven record of leadership in both the private and public sectors,” Bono Mack said in a statement. “As president, Mitt Romney will focus his attention and considerable skills on reviving our economy and creating jobs.”

“Gov. Romney is an accomplished businessman, dedicated public servant, and the future of the Republican Party,” Bono Mack said in a statement. “I am truly honored to have Gov. Romney in the desert for this special event.”

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* Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)

“Mitt Romney has the conservative credentials to lead our economy out of this recession. His experience in the business world gives him a keen understanding of our economy and of job creation. He is the best prepared to take on President Obama and turn around our economy.”

* Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)

“Governor Romney will be a steady and reliable commander of the ship of state and is the right man to manage critical but tight defense budgets and lead an American and global recovery. Governor Romney’s private and public sector experience make him the best equipped candidate to defeat President Obama in 2012.”

* U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy

“After a long and grueling primary, it is clear that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to face President Obama and fix the mess of his one and only term. Republicans need to unite and work together if we plan to take back the White House and put in place policies that will get our nation back on a path to prosperity by reducing taxes, shrinking government, and empowering the private sector. I am proud to support Mitt Romney and urge my fellow Republicans to do the same.”

* Rep. Jeff Denham

“In order to defeat President Obama, repeal Obamacare, and stop reckless spending, we need a proven conservative leader as our nominee,” said Congressman Denham. “Throughout this campaign and throughout his life, Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he has that leadership ability. He was a successful businessman, saved the Olympics from scandal, and balanced his state’s budget without raising taxes. Mitt Romney’s economic plan is just what the country needs to free the private sector and create jobs. It is time for Republicans to unite behind Mitt Romney – he is the candidate best prepared to lead our party and lead the country.”

California State Legislators

★ State Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton

★ fmr. Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman

* State Senator Tom Berryhill

* State Senator Sam Blakeslee

* State Senator Anthony Cannella

★ State Senator Bill Emmerson

* State Senator Jean Fuller

* State Senator Ted Gaines

* State Senator Tom Harman

★ State Senator Bob Huff (was Assembly Republican Caucus Chair - 2008)

• State Senator Bob Margett

* State Senator Sharon Runner

★ State Senator Tony Strickland

* State Senator Mimi Walters

★ State Senator Mark Wyland

* Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway

• Assemblyman Anthony Adams

• Assemblyman John Benoit

* Assemblyman Paul Cook

* Assemblyman Curt Hagman

• Assemblyman Guy Houston

★ Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries

• Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa

* Assemblyman Jim Nielsen

★ Assemblyman Jim Silva

• Assemblywoman Audra Strickland

* Assemblyman Don Wagner

Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton:

“Mitt Romney’s record as governor speaks for itself,” said State Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton. “He created jobs, balanced budgets, and cut taxes. Mitt Romney knows how the economy works and he has the much-needed experience to lead the country out of the economic downturn.”

Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway:

“After three years of failure from Washington, it is clear to me and many Californians that we need a change of direction in the White House,” said Assemblywoman Conway. “President Obama did not have any job-creation experience and it shows. Our country has not recovered like the President promised and instead of seeing more job growth, we have only seen more and more debt. Mitt Romney spent his life in the private sector and knows what it will take to get our economy going.”

Senator Bob Huff:

“Mitt Romney is the only candidate who I trust to bring jobs back to California and improve our economy,” said Senator Huff. “Our country needs his economic experience, proven leadership, and bold plan to create jobs and shrink government. That is why so many Republicans in California support his campaign and why I am proud to endorse him.”

Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman:

“We know there are challenges ahead for our country, and we agree the candidate with the experience and determination to provide solutions and turnaround Washington is Governor Romney. Californians can be proud to join us in voting for the candidate who will lead our nation to a better future.” — Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman

State Senator Mark Wyland:

“I was proud last fall to be one of the first California legislators to endorse Governor Mitt Romney for President. I believe he is our best presidential candidate because of his record, his values, and his persuasive agenda for our country. Governor Romney will bring real, much needed change to Washington.

“Mitt Romney has a proven record of accomplishment and leadership. As Governor of one of the nation's most liberal states, Mitt Romney based his agenda on proven Republican principles: smaller government, lower taxes, and defending the traditional family.

“Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney closed a $3 billion budget deficit his first year in office, even with a heavily Democrat legislature. Each year, Governor Romney submitted a budget that attempted to cut income taxes. By using his line item veto to eliminating waste, streamlining government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to help spur growth, Governor Romney helped the state achieve a surplus totaling nearly $1 billion in 2005...

“Governor Romney has stated in clear, bold language he will apply the same principles of change he’s used in business and as Governor as the head of the federal government. He’s proposed a bottom-up review of programs and spending to eliminate waste and inefficiency. He knows Democrats want to raise taxes, and like he did many times in Massachusetts, he’ll veto any such attempt. And he’ll fight for a savings plan that reduces taxes for hard-working families...

“To me, the bottom line is this: Which of the candidates is the most qualified, has the strongest record, will champion our conservative values, will make needed changes in Washington, and has the best chance of leading our party to victory in 2008? That person is clearly Mitt Romney. I think he can and will win, and best of all, I believe he will make a fine President!” — State Senator Mark Wyland

★ Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman Bob Huff (R-CA)

“First, the disclaimer: I'm a fiscal and social conservative looking for a presidential candidate who shares my values. When I first heard Romney, I found him to be very smart, articulate, and he connected with me. I was impressed with his MBA from Harvard, his very successful business career taking over ailing businesses and turning them around, as well as his success as a Republican governing in a very Democratic state - no easy challenge. His experience turning around the struggling Salt Lake Winter Olympics exemplifies his can-do attitude and abilities.

“As the presidential campaign progressed, I had a chance to listen to, mingle with and talk with all the major Republican candidates. I leaned Romney. Since I have my own State Senate election in June I decided to just stay out of the endorsing game. With a tight two-man race between Mitt Romney and John McCain coming to California next week, however, I decided I should publicly indicate who I think would be the best leader for our party and our nation. That person is Mitt Romney...

“Governor Romney is the remaining candidate that will truly unite fiscal, social, and national security conservatives this fall. He is a Washington outsider that will be able to reign in pork-barrel spending, make the tax cuts permanent, secure the border, fight for victory in Iraq, nominate constructionist judges, and stand for traditional values.

“Our nation's struggling economy is fast becoming our top issue, and we are in need of someone with experience in economic issues. I believe Mitt Romney has the best training and experience in this regard. If you factor this in, as well as Mitt Romney's business accomplishments, if you look at his political record, if you look at his family and demonstrated family values, and if you listen to his articulate plans for America, you will come to the same conclusion I did: Mitt Romney is the clear choice for President.”

“Upon the announcement, Chairman Huff said, "There is one candidate with the experience and determination to strengthen our economy and promote job growth in California and across the country and that is Governor Mitt Romney. Throughout his time in the private sector, at the 2002 Winter Olympics and as Governor, he led using fiscally conservative principles, and he will do the same as President. Governor Romney will bring real conservative change to Washington , and I encourage others to join me in supporting his candidacy." ”

State Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman

Below is a column from California State Senate Leader Dick Ackerman on behalf of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

“One of the qualities that immediately stood out when I first met Governor Romney was his command of the important issues facing our nation... We need a leader who can bring new ideas, new energy and strong leadership on the issues that matter most to Americans. At the debate last night, Governor Romney won on substance. He showed an incredible mastery of the issues and that he has the qualities that of a person prepared to lead the nation.

“Governor Romney is the candidate that best represents the Republican Party's ideals, and he is the candidate who the Democrats fear the most. This is because Governor Romney believes in the strength of America – a strong economy, strong military and strong families.

“Additionally, Governor Romney has a strong record on the issues that matter most to Americans. He has a superb record on healthcare and education, fought higher taxes, and has advocated what are arguably the strongest policies on national defense, homeland security and foreign policy in this race.

“Further, Governor Romney is able to talk with ease about one of the biggest issues at the forefront of political debate in our country: immigration. Last night, Governor Romney clearly articulated three priorities we must meet if we are to reform our immigration system – border security, enforceable employment verification system and no special pathway to citizenship. What we saw last night was Governor Romney speaking to the substance of this issue and not engaging in personal political attacks.

“Governor Romney also made it clear last night that he will enforce immigration laws as they currently exist. The law passed in 1986 asked for us to secure the border and put in place an employer verification system. Neither one of those were done and Governor Romney stressed the importance of enforcing the law as it exists. That’s just common sense.

“You don’t have to take Governor Romney’s word on what he will do as our President, just look at his record of past leadership. His record on immigration is strong and proven.

“Governor Romney has taken strong measures to enforce our immigration laws. He signed an agreement with the federal government so Massachusetts state troopers could enforce federal immigration laws. He vetoed in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. He opposed driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. He authorized Massachusetts National Guardsmen to help with border security. He promoted teaching our kids English in schools.

“And immigration isn’t the only topic where Governor Romney has a proven record. As Governor of Massachusetts, he turned a multi-billion dollar budget gap into a billion dollar surplus... Governor Romney showed that he can bring Republicans together with some of the most liberal Democrats in the country to keep taxes low and improve the state’s economy.

“This is the kind of proven leadership that our nation desperately needs right now. We are all looking to be inspired by our nation’s next leader, someone who will not only articulate an optimistic vision for the future of our nation, but someone who can actually provide the leadership to make that vision a reality. Last night, voters across our nation were reminded that Governor Romney is that person.”

“With today's announcement, Senator Ackerman said, "In the private and public sectors, Mitt Romney has distinguished himself through his intellect and his commitment to innovation. The Republican Party must reestablish itself as the guardian of fiscal responsibility, and Governor Romney is the right leader to make that happen." ”

California Republican Assembly

“The 2007 California Republican Assembly (CRA) held its Presidential Endorsing Convention this past weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Sacramento, closing on Sunday with the endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

“The CRA, California's largest and most conservative organization of political volunteers, made the recommendation in a two-ballot contest.

“The first ballot showed Romney leading a group including former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Ambassador to the United Nations Alan Keyes, and California Congressman Duncan Hunter.

“A second ballot between Romney and Thompson gave Romney the required two-thirds vote... Prior to the vote most CRA leaders felt that the organization was too divided to make an endorsement.”

“President Ronald Reagan called the California Republican Assembly, "the conscience of the Republican Party."

“Chartered in 1934, the CRA is the state’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization.”

Brooks Firestone

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Brooks Firestone

Firestone has been a supervisor since 2004 and previous served two terms as an assemblymember. He also unsuccessfully ran for Congress. He is widely known for laying the foundation for the wine industry in Santa Barbara County. Earlier this year, Firestone’s family sold its 480 acres of land as well as its label for an undisclosed price.

“Governor Romney’s commitment to better health care, better schools, lower taxes and reduced government spending speaks to his character and is indicative of how he will lead our nation,” Firestone said in a statement. “There is no other candidate who has spent time in the private sector creating jobs and solving the seemingly impossible. Californians would be hard-pressed to find a better leader with the experience we need in our next president.”

Other California Locally Elected Officials

Contra Costa County:
Antioch Mayor Pro Temp Jim Davis

Fresno County:
Fresno City Councilman Jerry Duncan

Los Angeles County:
La Canada Mayor Greg Brown
La Crescenta Town Councilwoman Sharon Hales
Former U.S. Ambassador at Large and Former Secretary of State Office of War Crimes Pierre Richard Prosper
Former U.S. Alternate Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Robert C. O'Brien

Orange County:
Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell
Fullerton Mayor Shawn Nelson
Former State Senator and Former California Secretary of Education Marian Bergeson
Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry

Riverside County:
Former California State Senator and Assemblyman Ray Haynes
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone
Moreno Valley City Councilman Richard Stewart

San Bernardino County:
Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Paul Biane
San Bernardino County Assessor and Former Chairman of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Bill Postmus
San Bernardino County Supervisor of District 1 Brad Mitzelfelt

San Diego County:
Poway Mayor Michael "Mickey" Cafagna
Vista Mayor Morris Vance
Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks
Former California State Assemblyman Bruce Thompson
San Diego County Treasurer Dan McAllister
Poway City Councilman Don Higginson
San Diego School Board Member Mitz Lee

Siskiyou County:
Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus

* LA District Attorney Steve Cooley

Former state GOP Chairman Mike Schroeder

“With a track record that includes turning a $3-billion deficit into a balanced budget without new taxes and with bipartisan support, Romney was impressive as a governor and is the best candidate for president, Schroeder said Tuesday.”

Other Republican Leaders:

- Orange Co. Republican Chair, Former Assembly Leader Scott Baugh

- Former Assemblyman and Republican Caucus Chair Russ Bough, Yucaipa

- Howard Leach, Former Ambassador to France, San Francisco

★ Tony Strickland - Past President, California Club for Growth

“... Here in California, voters also rank the economy as their top priority. That's no surprise with the current housing crisis that has affected so many hard-working families up and down our state. This is not the time for on-the-job training. We need a leader with the experience and determination to roll up his sleeves and get to work on day one.

“We need an executive like Governor Romney in the White House who understands how the economy works and why jobs are created. Governor Romney won't need a briefing on Economics 101, he's already lived it for over 25 years in the private sector. Just look at the economic stimulus package he proposed. His combination of short-term and long-term proposals would help individuals keep more of their money and encourage business to expand and increase job opportunities. We need a forward thinking leader like Governor Romney on the job to keep the American Dream alive...” — Tony Strickland, fomer California State Assemblyman (and GOP Caucus Chairman) and Past President of the California Club for Growth

“Tony Strickland added, "Governor Romney accomplished an impressive feat by bringing fiscal discipline to one of the nation's most liberal states. As a lifelong fiscal conservative, I am troubled by the spending binge we've seen at the federal level. Our nation needs a strong and tested leader like Mitt Romney to put our nation's finances back on track." ”

Business Supporters

* Jenny Craig:

“Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is hosting a slim fundraiser on Friday — a breakfast reception at the home of Jenny Craig, “featuring Jenny’s special oatmeal pancakes.” Sounds healthy! But Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers and the founders of Panda Express are Romney backers too, so he’s probably going to binge later.”

* Donald Bren:

“Orange County billionaire developer Donald Bren thinks Mitt Romney should be the next president.

“Irvine Co. Chairman Bren, in a wide-ranging interview about the stats of the economy, said he thought the former Massachusetts governor would best handle both a difficult economy as well as broader national and global issues.

“ "He's the most qualified," Bren says...

“Bren says he admires Romney's "business acumen, good judgment and temperament" and his business success with the Bain Co. investment house.”

- Duane Dichiara, Partner of Coronado Communications

- Rob Stutzman, Principal at Navigators (issues management firm)

- Dick Boyce, Partner, Texas Pacific Group, San Francisco

- David Bradford, CEO, OWNLI, Orange County

- Jonathan Bullen, CEO/President, Eagle State College Group, San Diego

- Malin Burnham, Chairman, Burnham Real Estate, San Diego

- Kelly Burt, Chairman and CEO, Price Self Storage, San Diego

- Roger Carter, Investments, Morgan Stanley, San Francisco

- Rick J. Caruso, President and CEO, Caruso Affiliated, Los Angeles

- Mark Chapin Johnson, President and CEO, Chapin Medical Company, Orange County

- John Clarey, Chairman, RF Comsites, Orange County

- Robert Day, Chairman, Trust Company of the West, Los Angeles

- Bill Draper, General Partner, Draper Richards L.P., San Francisco

- Steven Fink, CEO, Lawrence Investments, Los Angeles

- Bradford M. Freeman, Founder, Freeman Spogli & Company, Los Angeles

- Sam Ginn, Director, Chevron Corporation, San Francisco

- Hadi Makarechian, Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President:
  Capital Pacific Holdings, Inc., Orange County

- Papa Doug Manchester, Chairman, Manchester Financial Group, San Diego

- David Parker, Managing Partner and Principal, SRS Capital Partners, Orange County

- Matt Romney, Vice President, Excel, San Diego

- Kenneth R. Satterlee, CEO/President, St.Croix Capital Corp./Kelly Capital, San Diego

- Boyd Smith, Partner, WSJ Properties, San Francisco

- Peter Starrett, President, Peter Starrett Associates, Los Angeles

- Tom Stephenson, Sequoia Capital, San Francisco

- Doug Wilson, CEO, Next Solutions, Inc., Orange County

- Thomas Tellefsen, Tellefsen Investments, Los Angeles

- Meg Whitman, CEO, eBay, San Francisco

“Democrat or Republican, he would hire the right people.” — Meg Whitman, CEO of eBay

"As one of the most successful executives in the world, Mrs.Whitman knows what it takes to run an organization. And this woman with an impressive resume of her own whole-heartedly believes that Mitt Romney “has the most relevant experience of any candidate and is qualified for the biggest CEO job in the world.” ...

"Of her dedication, she says, “I think the country is at a crossroads and it really matters who the next President will be. I know [Mitt Romney] would be the best choice.”

"Meg first worked with Mitt 25 years ago, and has kept an eye on him ever since. Shortly after receiving degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, she met Mitt while working for him at Bain and Company. Of her time there, she said, “Everyone clamored to work on Mitt’s teams and projects. We knew that was where you would learn the most.”

"Meg remembers Mitt as a great leader, mentor and boss who truly cared about the individuals with whom he worked. Of the time when Mitt shut down Bain to encourage his employees to help a partner look for a missing daughter, she remarked “Not many people in his position would do that.” ...

"She thinks of him as someone who “makes the impossible possible” and who “can tackle through the toughest problems, devise a get well plan, and deliver results.”

"What excites her most about a Romney administration?

"Many things. “As a non-Washington guy, Mitt would bring a fresh approach as well as the right tool kit and attitude needed to change Washington. Mitt has a businesslike, fact-based approach to situations, as well as the track record of bringing in people who know how to tackle specific problems. He really listens.” ...

"But as an industry peer and friend of Mitt’s, Meg knows firsthand that the Romney campaign is not just a performance. And it is not about a successful man seeking more success. Rather, she believes the possibility of a Romney administration stems from a much nobler cause,

" “The presidency would not be the capstone of his career; he’s already had that. Mitt Romney’s not doing this for himself, he’s doing it for the country.” "

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