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FLORIDA'S ENDORSEMENTS OF MITT ROMNEY:

   ★ - means endorsed Romney in both 2008 and 2012

   * - means endorsed Romney in 2012

Orlando Sentinel
  
* Romney is GOP's best candidate, best bet

"His accomplishments in both the public and private sectors suggest he would be a steady and competent leader for these divisive and turbulent times.

"Romney was a well-regarded Republican governor in a state dominated by Democrats. He took charge of the foundering effort to organize the 2002 Winter Olympics and made it work. And he ran hugely profitable consulting and private equity firms.

"Romney's rivals have tried to turn the assets on his resume into liabilities.

"They've blistered him for passing a health-care-reform plan as governor. We give Romney credit for working with lawmakers in his state to solve a problem without waiting for Washington to dictate a solution, which is exactly what happened.

"Romney also has been accused of killing jobs through his private equity firm, Bain Capital. Republicans should know better...

"Despite his decades as an insider, Gingrich has brilliantly articulated the rage many GOP voters feel against the political establishment. We admire his intellect, but when it comes to leadership, anger doesn't trump a diverse and successful record...

"Florida Republicans have two compelling reasons to vote for Mitt Romney: He's the best candidate, and he fits the late William F. Buckley's description as the most conservative candidate who can win."


  
* Pensacola News Journal- For the GOP nomination: Mitt Romney

"We feel that Romney has some of the best ideas in the GOP field not just for the nation, but for our area.

"We believe Romney has good ideas about defense spending in a post-Iraq/Afghanistan era...

"Romney also has a thoughtful position on another issue important to Northwest Florida: Medicare. Romney believes that some of the ideas put forward by Paul Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin, hold merit, including the possibility of vouchers and increased managed care. Romney also is clear that any adjustments to the Medicare program would be for future beneficiaries...

"We also think Romney's plan to reduce the federal workforce has merit, as does his plan to link the pay of government workers more closely to that of their counterparts in the private sector."





“Romney earns support from 46% of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State to Obama's 42%... Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is nearly tied with the president, with Obama posting a narrow 45% to 43% lead in this matchup.” Rasmussenreports.com - Nov 20, 2011


“Magellan Poll: Romney beats Obama outside the M.O.E. (Margin of Error) in Florida - Mitt Romney: 49% (+10), Barack Obama: 39%” Rightspeak.net - Aug 24, 2011


“A new poll from Sachs/Mason shows that both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would beat the president by 5 percentage points, Politico reports... Obama won Florida in 2008 with 51 percent of the vote. But his approval rating registers only 34 percent there now.” NewsMax - Apr 12, 2011


“PPP Polling: Mitt Romney does best against Obama in Florida... Mitt Romney is the only likely entrant into the Republican fracas to equal or exceed McCain’s performance. He trails 46-44, exactly the same as December’s result. The state’s former Governor Jeb Bush also does well, lagging 48-45...” RightSpeak.net - Mar 31, 2011

Tampa Bay Times
* Romney for Republicans

"Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the winner of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, is the candidate best prepared to make the Republicans' case that change is needed in the White House...

"Romney has a breadth of experience and a record of pragmatism that makes him the most viable Republican candidate. He has considerable business experience from his 15 years as head of Bain Capital, the private equity firm that has ironically become a target for his Republican opponents who otherwise champion free enterprise... and for better or worse, that private sector experience sets Romney apart from his opponents.

"After running Bain, Romney salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. By all accounts, the Games were under an ethical cloud and in deep financial trouble when he became head of the organizing committee. Romney turned it around and became the face of those Olympics, raising tens of millions from new sponsors and the federal government, and turning what could have been an embarrassment into a civic success. That experience reflects Romney's ability to surround himself with talent, transform bureaucracies and build public support.

"As Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007, Romney demonstrated he could work with Democrats and overcome financial challenges. It is true that he inherited a $3 billion deficit, which he helped close in part with modest increases in revenue... We prefer Romney's public record to his political rhetoric... he has become a more polished candidate who has performed well in debates and so far withstood withering attacks from within his own party...

"Romney has earned his status as the Republican front-runner and the candidate best prepared to engage Obama in a spirited campaign about the direction of the nation. It's time to move toward that debate, with the hope that voters can send a message that helps resolve some fundamental questions at the heart of Washington's gridlock. In the Florida Republican primary for president, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Mitt Romney."

The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper.


"In Case You Missed It: Governor Romney Gets First Newspaper Endorsement In Florida"

"Although the Florida primary is more than six months away, we believe it is important to get behind the candidate we feel is best suited to be the next president of the United States: Mitt Romney.

"We feel his vision and leadership are vital to providing for our national interests as well as economic stability and growth in a shrinking world market.

"Romney is not the frontrunner in the Republican Party, but he is the clear candidate of choice in looking at former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's liberal politics and Sen. John McCain's old-school Washington insider status...

"So why now? Why not wait until the primaries?

"The answer is simple.

"We've seen and heard enough from the debates to know that McCain is yesterday's news and outside of his 9/11 heroics, Giuliani doesn't have a national platform.

"Romney has a strong campaign base.

"The fact that Romney won the governorship in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the most liberal of all the states, speaks volumes about his broad appeal – his Reaganesque appeal, something this country vitally needs.

"With a war raging in Iraq, instability among the Palestinians and Israel and Iran's veiled threats and nuclear program, the nation needs to get behind the strongest candidate.

"That candidate is Mitt Romney."

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Jeff Miller
      

* Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)

“The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are stark. At home, President Obama had no experience in the real world and has failed to improve the economy; Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who has a lifetime of experience turning around troubled enterprises. Abroad, President Obama has weakened relations with allies; Mitt Romney has laid out a foreign policy that strengthens America’s relationships with our allies while providing for our military men and women overseas and at home. I am proud to support Mitt, and look forward to working with him to help create jobs in Florida and provide the care that our servicemen and veterans deserve.”


Ander Crenshaw
      

★ Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)

“Romney’s campaign announced the endorsements of three Florida congressmen as well as an influential state senator... The Florida endorsements were from Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Connie Mack and Tom Rooney, along with state Sen. John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.”

“ "Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has shown that he is the only candidate who can bring broad-based conservative change to Washington," said Congressman Crenshaw. "This election is about the future, not the past, and Floridians are demanding change. Governor Romney has the experience, vision and values to strengthen our economy, strengthen America and secure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren." ”


Ginny Brown-Waite
      

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)

“The winning formula for the next president, she thinks, is the candidate who "is able to ensure people that their focus will be on keeping America safe and prosperity in America. Those issues are issues people care about."

“She picked former Massachusetts governor Romney because "he has the kind of vision for America that I don't see in any others."

“ "A lot of people say to me, 'Well you're from New York, why don't you support (former New York City Mayor Rudy) Giuliani?' " she said. "Um, let me put it this way: I know Giuliani. I'm supporting Mitt Romney." ”


Tom Feeney
      

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)

"With his record of fighting for lower taxes and balanced budgets, Governor Romney is the right kind of leader to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington. Governor Romney will be a strong fiscal steward of the American people's tax money."


Connie Mack
      

★ Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL)

“We’re all proud to get behind Mitt in his campaign for president,” said Congressman Connie Mack. “He will provide the conservative leadership Washington desperately needs. Florida voters are looking for a president who will bring back jobs to this country, restore economic growth, and get our fiscal house in order. From the private sector to the Olympics to Massachusetts, Mitt has the proven track record of successful problem-solving that will be required to get our economy moving again and Americans back to work. He is the best candidate to take on and defeat President Obama in 2012. I am glad to be part of his Florida team.”

“President Obama’s policies have failed Florida and the American people,” Mack said in a statement announcing his endorsement. “Mitt Romney has the experience to lead a much-needed economic recovery. He has created jobs, balanced budgets and cut taxes.”

“U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV has said that he will support the former Massachusetts governor because of his economic credentials.

“ "We need true leadership in the White House with someone who is uniquely qualified to grow the economy and create the quality jobs that Americans deserve and need," Mack told the St. Petersburg Times.”

“ "Governor Romney is a proven problem solver with an unparalleled record of success in both the public and private sectors," Mack said. "Governor Romney is a mainstream conservative leader who will be a champion of hope and opportunity for every American, a catalyst for conservative change in Washington, and a staunch defender of our freedom, security and prosperity." ”

"He's laid out a plan... He's said he is not going to raise taxes... He's going to continue to focus on the idea of reform... I'm supporting Mitt Romney."

Mack says what he really thinks of Mitt Romney

More videos and quotes of Mack talking about Romney:

    Mack on Romney after a debate

    Mack on Romney and Latin America

    “No other candidate in the field has his experience working in the real economy. Our next president will need that experience to turn around the economy. President Obama never worked in the real economy and look where we are today – with 25 million people unemployed, underemployed or have stopped looking for work. Mitt Romney has created tens of thousands of jobs both in the private sector and as Governor. President Obama has created none.”


Tom Rooney

      

★ Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL)

“President Obama’s policies have failed Florida – unemployment is now at 10.7% and is much higher in parts of the state. Mitt Romney has the experience working in the real economy that will be needed to get Florida and our country on the right track – he isn’t another career politician. Floridians are also looking for the candidate who will fix Social Security for future generations, not a candidate who has pledged to dismantle it and possibly put our seniors’ retirement in question.”

“Romney’s campaign announced the endorsements of three Florida congressmen as well as an influential state senator... The Florida endorsements were from Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Connie Mack and Tom Rooney, along with state Sen. John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.”


Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
      

* Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

“The policies of the past three years have put America’s standing in the world at risk. It is time we had a president who understands that our country must lead. Mitt Romney believes that America is an exceptional nation and has a strategy to restore our country’s greatness. The Romney plan for economic growth will create jobs and opportunities for all, especially for South Floridians, who are passionate in their pursuit of the American dream.”


Mario Diaz-Balart
      

* Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

“We need a president who won’t apologize for America, but will work to secure free markets, economic opportunity, and human rights for all people around the world. Mitt Romney is that leader who will make America stronger and more respected in the world.”


John Mica
      

* Rep. John Mica (R-FL)

“It has not been my practice to endorse candidates in primary elections, but as I look at the direction our country has been taken under this President, I worry for our children and our grandchildren about our future. And, as I look at the field of candidates in this election, no one matches the outstanding business and elected executive credentials of Mitt Romney. He has the skills, experience and vision needed to defeat President Obama and turn around our economy. As a successful businessman and a fiscally-responsible governor, Mitt knows how to balance budgets and he understands how to create jobs. He has also laid out bold plans to cut taxes, shrink government and control our national deficit. I am proud to endorse his candidacy and I look forward to campaigning with him across the Sunshine State.”


Sandy Adams
      

* Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL)

“Floridians are tired of the failed policies of the last three years. The number one goal for Florida Republicans is to find a candidate who will not only defeat President Obama, but can also put strong conservative principles into action. Under a President Romney, our country will see a return to policies that create jobs and grow the economy, government spending limited, the principles of our Constitution upheld, and the size of government reduced. I call on all Florida residents who are concerned about the direction of our country to join me in supporting Mitt Romney.”


* Rep. Dennis Ross

“Ross said he had high hopes for Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor would make “one of the strongest presidents fiscally we’ve seen in decades” and insisting that he had “a history of being fiscally prudent.” ...

“ “I’m excited Governor Romney will be in the Tampa Bay area tomorrow [Wednesday],” Ross said. “I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.” ”

“This President’s record will be probably his Achilles heel, which is why he cannot run on it. We look at his budget. This President talks about how we need to now cut our spending and control our budget. Yet his own budget, his own budget in the House and in the Senate didn’t get one Democratic vote. This President cannot run on his record. The irony of this is that he is going to be in Tampa to talk about jobs where Florida has over 9% unemployment. This President has done nothing to create or promote the creation of private sector jobs in this country, let alone the state of Florida.”


* Sen. Marco Rubio

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO: “Well, I am going to endorse Mitt Romney and the reason why is not only because he is going to be the Republican nominee but he offers at this point, such a stark contrast to the President's record. Look at the President's record. This is someone who has run the country, not very well over the last 3 years, that has no experience beyond that doing that. At the same time, as he has no experience with the private sector or the free enterprise system. In Mitt Romney, we have a candidate, an alternative, that in addition to being successful as a governor, running an important state in this country, has also been successful in the private sector and offers a very clear alternative to the direction this president is going to take our country. I think all the candidates in this race have a lot to be proud of. They have offered a lot to the debate.

“But I just can't buy into this idea that by their own admission, they are saying the only way they can win this race is by having a floor fight in Tampa in August. I think that's a recipe to deliver four more years to Barack Obama and our country – forget about the Republican Party – our country cannot afford that. We have got to come together behind who I think has earned this nomination and that's Mitt Romney.”

- Fox News, March 28, 2012

“I’m a big admirer of his. I’ve known him since 2007. As I said last night, I think he did a very good job as governor of a very important and diverse state. He’s also been very successful in the private sector, private enterprise, and that’s a rare combination in American politics. The most important job of a president is to be a good decision-maker, and someone who has been successful in both politics and business is clearly a good decision-maker.”


* Fmr. Sen. Mel Martinez

“I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track. Unemployment remains a pressing issue both in Florida and across the nation. Now more than ever, we need a leader who will get our country’s fiscal house in order. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. I am proud to support him."


* Fmr. Senator Connie Mack III

“Mitt Romney’s conservative experience is unmatched,” said Senator Mack. “He spent his career in the private sector turning around failing businesses and creating jobs. As Governor, he turned around his state, turning a $3 billion budget gap into a $2 billion rainy day fund, all without raising taxes. Mitt Romney will provide America the leadership we need to fix our economy, put Floridians and all Americans back to work, and return us to a new era of prosperity and opportunity. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for president.”


* Fmr. Rep. Clay Shaw

“Mitt Romney has the experience and skills that are needed to create jobs and undo the damage caused by President Obama’s disastrous economic policies,” said Congressman Shaw. “As a successful businessman and fiscally conservative governor, Mitt knows how to balance a budget and how to put Floridians back to work. He is the only Republican capable of defeating President Obama and implementing the type of conservative policies that our country needs.”


Lincoln Diaz-Balart
      

* Fmr. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

“Mitt Romney is a leader who can rebuild our national defense,” said former Congressman Diaz-Balart. “Our country faces grave threats throughout the world. We need a leader who will stand up for American interests and work tirelessly for freedom and prosperity everywhere. I know Mitt Romney is ready to face these challenges and I proudly support him.”


Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough

“He's an accomplished governor. He was an accomplished businessman, an extraordinary businessman... If this guy gets through the primary process, he's going to do very well...”

Joe Scarborough serves as host of “Morning Joe” weekdays from 6-9 a.m. ET on msnbc. Previously, Scarborough hosted “Scarborough Country” in primetime on MSNBC starting in 2003.

Joe Scarborough served as a member of Congress from 1994-2001. He emerged from a crowded field of five Republicans and took the seat from an 18-year incumbent, becoming the first Republican to represent my district since 1873.


* Gov. Rick Scott

“There is no question that Rick Santorum ran a hard fought campaign. I commend his passion and his willingness to put the best interest of our party and nation first. Mitt Romney will be our party's nominee and it is critical that all Republicans coalesce behind Governor Romney and focus on electing him as President so he can put the policies in place to create jobs, turn our economy around and get federal spending under control.”


Jeb Bush

      

* Fmr. Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL)

“Now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination. We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

“(AP) Jeb Bush, who hasn't publicly picked a favorite in the Republican presidential race, privately is talking up the candidacy of Mitt Romney and steering some of his closest advisers to the campaign...

“ "Governor Bush said, 'Before you commit, I want you to meet Mitt Romney. He is the kind of guy you will like no matter what,'" said former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings. "The governor was very candid about the fact that he really liked this guy." ”

“In fact, the former governor [Jeb Bush] has praised all his party's major candidates. In a recent interview online, he said Giuliani has "high energy and tremendous personality," and he called Thompson a "committed conservative." He said he admires the courage of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and praised Romney's "intellectual curiosity," saying "he's incredibly smart and asks the questions necessary." ”


Toni Jennings
      

Fmr. Lt. Governor Toni Jennings (R-FL)

“ "He is a proven leader who held the line on taxes in his state, held the line on spending and is a can-do conservative with a business background. His fresh, optimistic vision is what is needed for America's future." (Toni Jennings)

“Jennings served as Governor Jeb Bush's Lieutenant Governor from 2003-2006 and is the first woman to hold the office. A native of Orlando, Jennings began her professional career as a public school teacher and later successfully ran her family owned construction business, Jack Jennings and Sons. She served two terms in the Florida State House, and was then elected to the Florida State Senate - a seat she held for 20 consecutive years. During that time, Jennings served as Florida's only two-term State Senate President. She also served as a Florida Co-Chair for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. Jennings was also named to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

“ "As Governor Romney campaigns in Florida and across the nation, voters are learning why he is the best choice to lead our nation and the only candidate that can bring strong, new leadership to Washington," said former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings.”

“ "As a proven leader with a track record of success in both the private sector and in public service, Governor Romney is the best equipped candidate to lead our nation as we face a new generation of global and domestic challenges," said former Lt. Governor Jennings.”


Glenda Hood
      

Fmr. Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood

"He is the true conservative in this race, committed to strengthening our families, our military, our economy and our individual liberties. Our country is at a crossroads right now, and Governor Romney's agenda of innovation and transformation is the right direction for America."


Attorney General Bondi
      

* Attorney General Pam Bondi

“Mitt Romney has the vision and experience necessary to turn our economy around and restore prosperity to our nation,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Governor Romney will bring principled leadership and conservative values to the White House, and I am honored to support his candidacy for President.”


* Florida CFO Jeff Atwater

“Florida voters are looking for a conservative leader who will restore fiscal responsibility to Washington. President Obama’s regulations have imposed heavy burdens on small businesses. With millions of Americans unemployed, the uncertainty created by his economic policies is simply unacceptable. From his time working in business, Mitt Romney understands that our country can’t continue spending more than we take in. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget with a Democratic legislature and without raising taxes. He will offer the critical leadership our country needs in the White House. I am proud to support Mitt in his campaign.”


* Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putman

“Mitt Romney is a tested conservative and a proven leader. With him in the White House, we can regain our standing abroad and repair our economy at home,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. “Three years into President Obama’s term, it is clear that his policies have failed the country. Onerous regulations are burdening businesses, overspending has threatened our credit and unemployment remains dangerously high. Florida has felt the effects of these failed policies more than many other states, and we can’t afford to continue down the same path. Mitt Romney knows how the economy works – he spent his life in the private sector and has the knowledge and the plan to put Americans back on the path to prosperity.”


Other state leaders who endorsed Mitt Romney:


Charles Bronson
Charlse Bronson

Dudley Goodlette
Dudley Goodlette

Al Cardenas
Al Cardenas

      

Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner
- Agriculture and Consumer Services

Bronson manages the largest state Department of Agriculture in the country, with more than 3,700 employees. Initially appointed to the position in May 2001, Bronson was elected to the post in November 2002, and re-elected in November 2006. Elected to the Florida State Senate in 1994 and reelected in 1998. Worked in the fertilizer, chemical and sod business and managed the family's cattle business in Central Florida. A certified law enforcement officer, Bronson served as a Miami-Dade and Brevard county reserve deputy. B.S. in agricultural education, animal and meat sciences from the University of Georgia in 1972.

Dudley Goodlette, fmr. State Representative

Goodlette is a former State Representative from Naples who served in the House from 1998-2006 representing Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City. As a House Member, he chaired the Rules Committee and Rules and Calendar Council, and was instrumental in leading election reform initiatives following the 2000 Presidential election, statewide domestic security initiatives following the 9/11 attack on America, medical malpractice reform in 2003, and important education initiatives. Dudley has served as President of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Collier County Economic Development Council, Chairman of the City of Naples Community Redevelopment Advisory Board and President of the Collier County Bar Association. Dudley has received numerous awards for his community service, including Naples Daily News Citizen of the Year.

★ Al Cardenas, fmr. Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida

Announcing his support, ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said, “Throughout this campaign I have heard from many candidates on how they are uniquely qualified to get our country back on track. While I am proud of all of them, I know that one man stands head and shoulders above the rest. That man is Mitt Romney. I have seen him up close for many years and I know he is the conservative we need to lead our country. Throughout his life, he has shown proven experience in job creation, balancing budgets, and turning around troubled enterprises. I’m also quite proud of his vision for the future that he has outlined, including his plan for more jobs, lower taxes, and less government. America needs Mitt Romney and I am pleased to stand with him.”

“Ahead of today's meeting, Al Cardenas said, "Governor Romney rightly believes that the best ally of peace in the world is a strong America. He sees the new generation of challenges confronting our nation from abroad, and he is ready to lead our country. I am proud to be among this distinguished group working with Governor Romney." ” ((Governor Mitt Romney Announces Latin American Policy Advisory Group - Feb 28, 2007)

Cardenas is the former two-term Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. While in this role, he was appointed by the Republican National Committee Chairman to serve on the Executive Committee. He was the first Hispanic to head a major state party and remains the only Hispanic Republican Party Chairman in Florida history. In 2004, he served as Co-Chair of the Bush-Cheney Florida campaign. He is a regular opinion editorial columnist for El Diario, the largest circulating Spanish-speaking newspaper in America, and has appeared frequently on many English and Spanish TV news programs. Cardenas has represented Florida at every Republican National Convention since 1976 and held positions for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In Florida, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Board of Trustees of FAMU. He is also a national board member of the American Conservative Union. He was recently named as one of Poder Magazine's Top 50 Most Powerful Hispanics. Cardenas is currently a partner in the Tew Cardenas law firm which has offices in Miami, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

Van Poole, former:
- Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida
- Senate Majority Leader
- Pro Tempore and House Minority Whip, etc

Poole is a former two-term chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. A former Florida House Member, State Senator, Senate Majority Leader, Pro Tempore and House Minority Whip from Ft. Lauderdale, Poole also served as Executive Chairman of the International Political Leaders Program. He was appointed by President Reagan to the National Advisory Council on Educational Research. He was also a nominee for the United States Senate in 1982 and served in former Governor Martinez's Cabinet. He is on the Board of Directors of Florida TaxWatch and a Board Member of Challenger Learning Center which is part of the FSU/FAMU school of engineering. Poole is Managing Principal with Dutko Poole McKinley.


John Thrasher
      

★ State Sen. / Fmr. Speaker of the House John Thrasher

“His experience in the real economy is unparalleled in this field of candidates, and he demonstrates the leadership necessary to create jobs and turn this economy around. President Obama’s failure to do so will be the critical issue of this election.”

“Romney’s campaign announced the endorsements of three Florida congressmen as well as an influential state senator... The Florida endorsements were from Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Connie Mack and Tom Rooney, along with state Sen. John Thrasher, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party.”

“ "If Governor Romney decides to run for President in 2012, I will absolutely be supporting him and helping him in Florida," Thrasher said in an email to the Florida Times-Union. "He would be a great GOP nominee." ”

“ "I am proud to support Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States," says former Florida Speaker of the House, John Thrasher.”


Mike Haridopolos
      

* Senate President Mike Haridopolos

“We have been fortunate in this Republican Presidential Primary to have many solid candidates... I believe we are the party of better ideas. We need to focus on the positive ideas that our party can bring to the policy arena and not simply attack our political adversaries, both Republican and Democrat...

“It’s time for Republicans to be the party of better ideas and debate how we grow our economy and create new jobs – and I believe Mitt Romney is the best man for the job.

“Mitt Romney possesses solid private sector experience and has a proven conservative record – he is a principled, limited-government Republican who is focused on cutting spending, implementing tax reform, and reducing government red tape. He is the only candidate to outline a plan to deal with our economic competitors abroad, and he’s run an honorable campaign to uphold the principles of the Republican Party and defend the ideals that make America exceptional.”


Will Weatherford
      

* Speaker Designate Will Weatherford

Speaker Designate Weatherford said, “I am proud to get behind Mitt Romney in this election. He has the vision and experience that will be necessary to put our country back on the right path. President Obama’s policies are creating uncertainty and killing jobs in this country. With millions of Americans unemployed, Florida voters are looking for a candidate who will be able to turn this economy around.”

“Florida Republicans are getting behind Mitt Romney because he is the one candidate with the leadership experience and conservative solutions to help fix our country’s struggling economy,” said Florida House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford. “I welcome these legislators who share Mitt Romney’s vision for our country’s future. They join an already impressive Florida team and I look forward to working with them to elect Mitt Romney and defeat President Obama in November 2012.”


Allan Bense
      

★ Fmr. Speaker of the House Allan Bense

“ "I am proud to have the support of these respected and accomplished lawmakers," said Governor Romney...

“These leaders join a strong and growing Florida organization that includes an accomplished Florida Steering Committee and a Florida Statewide Finance Team comprised of nearly 80 business and community leaders from across the state. The Florida Steering Committee is chaired by former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, former Speakers of the House Allan Bense and John Thrasher, former Chairman of the Florida Republican Party Al Cardenas and U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney.”

“Allan Bense served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the last two years. As Speaker, Bense was a close partner with Governor Jeb Bush. He is a strong fiscal conservative, and as Speaker an advocate for spending cuts and tax cuts. He was also a proponent of continued education reform, including school choice. Bense is a native of Panama City, where he is active in community and civic affairs. He embodies the classic American success story, working his way up from humble beginnings and becoming one of the most successful businessmen in the Florida Panhandle. Currently, he remains involved in commercial development and serves as a member of the Council of 100, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Florida State University Board of Trustees.”


Don Davis
      

State Rep. Don Davis

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, former U.S. Ambassador John Rood and State Representative Don Davis have endorsed his candidacy for President of the United States.

State Representative Don Davis Has Represented Parts Of Duval And St. Johns Counties Since 2000. He currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Economic Development as well as serving on the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs and the Economic Expansion & Infrastructure Council. Prior to his election to the House, he was a member of the Jacksonville City Council from 1987-1999 and served as the President in 1993 and 1999. Davis is a decorated Korean War veteran and currently the vice president of Gate Petroleum Company.

Don Davis died at age 76 after a long illness and a fight with cancer.


Chris Dorworth
      

★ State Rep. Chris Dorworth

"As he campaigns in Florida and across the country, Governor Romney is the only candidate who has demonstrated that he has the experience, the vision and the values to lead America forward," said Representative Dorworth. "Governor Romney enjoys tremendous support in Central Florida and throughout the state."


Jennifer Carroll
      

State Rep. Jennifer Carroll

"Representative Dorworth joins many of his fellow Florida legislators in endorsing Governor Romney's candidacy, including Romney for President Statewide Co-Chairs: Representatives Jennifer Carroll, Anitere Flores and Trey Traviesa."

"Additional Northeast Floridians leading Governor Romney's campaign in the state include Florida Steering Committee Co-Chair State Legislator Jennifer Carroll"

Members Of The Romney For President National Veterans Coalition: ... - Jennifer Carroll, Green Cove Springs, FL

Leading Governor Romney's Florida African American Steering Committee as Honorary Chairs are State Representative Jennifer Carroll and David Griffin, both Co-Chairs of the Romney for President campaign in Florida.

Jennifer Carroll is the former Executive Director of Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. She was responsible for the claims and benefits of over 1.8 million veterans. In fiscal year 2001, more than $63 million in retroactive compensation was awarded to Florida veterans. ...

Jennifer enlisted in the Navy in 1979. She rose through the ranks from an enlisted Jet Mechanic and retired as a Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20-years. Jennifer received numerous personal awards and decorations during her 20-year military career which includes: Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, U.S. Coast Guard Operations Ribbon, Navy "E," Good Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Volunteer Service Medal, two Sea Service Ribbons, Overseas Ribbon, two Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon and an Expert Pistol Medal.


More State legislators

01. State Sen. JD Alexander ★
02. State Sen. Carey Baker
03. State Sen. Mike Bennett *
04. State Sen. Anitere Flores ★
05. State Sen. Evelyn Lynn *
06. State Sen. Stephen R. Wise ★
07. State Rep. Marti Coley ★
08. State Rep. Daniel Davis *
09. State Rep. James C. Frishe ★
10. State Rep. Michael J. Grant
11. State Rep. Shawn Harrison *
12. State Rep. Alan Hays
13. State Rep. Ed Hooper ★
14. State Rep. Dick Kravitz
15. State Rep. Trey Traviesa
16. State Rep. Trudi Williams

“Mitt Romney has the experience to put our financial house back in order,” said State Senator JD Alexander. “While he was governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and was a job creator. His experience in both business and government is exactly what we need to get the economy turned around.”

17. State Rep. Richard Corcoran *

18. State Sen. Steve Oelrich
19. State Rep. Dennis Baxley, Speaker Pro-Tempore
20. State Rep. R.Z. "Sandy" Safley

“ "Governor Romney understands that the key to keeping our country safe and prosperous lies in strengthening our military, economy and families," said Senator Oelrich. "I am proud to join so many Floridians in supporting Governor Romney for President, and know we will work hard to share his optimistic vision for America's future with voters from Pensacola to Key West." ”

21. State Sen. Nancy Detert *
22. State Sen. Garrett Richter *
23. State Rep. Doug Broxson *
24. State Rep. Steve Crisafulli *
25. State Rep. Fred Costello *
26. State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz *
27. State Rep. Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez *
28. State Rep. Ana Rivas Logan *
29. State Rep. Charles McBurney *
30. State Rep. Larry Metz *
31. State Rep. Peter Nehr *
32. State Rep. Bryan Nelson *
33. State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez *
34. State Rep. Jose Oliva *
35. State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo *
36. State Rep. Jimmy Patronis *
37. State Rep. Ray Pilon *
38. State Rep. Stephen Precourt *
39. State Rep. Lake Ray ★
40. State Rep. Patrick Rooney *
41. State Rep. John Tobia *
42. State Rep. Mike Weinstein *

43. State Rep. Rachel Burgin *

Dennis Baxley

Dennis Baxley

Anitere Flores

Anitere Flores

Trey Traviesa

Trey Traviesa

Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter

“Hunter said that Romney "is the candidate with the most impressive record of accomplishment in the public and private sectors and the strongest record of enforcing our immigration laws." ”

“ "Sheriff Hunter is a respected leader in the Florida law enforcement community and has been on the forefront of working to curb illegal immigration in the state," Romney said in the statement. "I am pleased to have his support. We agree that illegal immigration is a critical issue for our country." ”


More Sheriffs:

* Walton Sheriff Mike Adkinson

• Jacksonville Sheriff John H. Rutherford

• Nassau County Sheriff T.L. "Tommy" Seagraves

• St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar

" 'Governor, all three northeast Florida sheriffs are riding for the brand of the Mitt Romney campaign,' says Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

" 'Ladies and gentlemen, we had an opportunity to speak with the governor and we know that he is fully aware that the homeland is not secure until the hometown is secure. Governor, we know that your operational staff …"

“In a joint statement, the sheriffs said, "In Massachusetts, Governor Romney was a staunch advocate for state and local law enforcement and has a strong record on law enforcement issues ranging from helping enable state troopers to enforce immigration laws to imposing tougher penalties on dangerous sex offenders. As a candidate, Governor Romney is the only individual in the race who continues to propose substantive solutions to the challenges we face as a nation, both domestically and abroad. We are proud to support Governor Romney because he has the experience, values and vision needed to lead America in the right direction." ”


Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton (R-FL)

"In Massachusetts, Governor Romney applied conservative principles and successful private sector practices to grow the economy and restrain state spending. As President, Governor Romney will bring this same strong and innovative leadership to the White House as America faces new global and domestic challenges," said Mayor Peyton.


Other Notable Jacksonville Supporters:

• Jacksonville City Councilman Art Shad

★ Jacksonville City Councilman Lake Ray

★ John Rood, U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas from 2004-07, former commissioner and chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and director of the James Madison Institute.

Jacksonville Business Leaders:

• Richard S. Browdy, Browdy and Browdy Incorporated

• J.D. Collins, The Collins Group

★ R. Bruce Deardoff, Deardoff Automotive Group

• J. Thomas Dodson, Queens Harbour Real Estate

★ Mr. Steve Halverson, The Haskell Company

• Paul Harden, Harden and Associates

• Ashton Hudson, Rock Creek Capitol

• David W. Hutson, The Hutson Company

★ Mac McGehee, Mac Paper

• Mitch Montgomery, Montgomery Land Company

★ Duane Ottenstroer, Guardian Fueling

• Herbert Hill Peyton, Gate Petroleum

• William Walton, RockPoint Group, LLC

• Blair M. Fonda, Madison Development Group

• David Graham, Intuition Development Holdings

• Mitchell R. Montgomery, Montgomery Land Company

• Herbert Hill Peyton, Gate Petroleum

• others ...

Ambassador John Rood:

“We stand united behind Mitt’s pro-growth message and his proven record of leadership.”

Other notable Ambassadors from Florida:

* Ambassador Francis & Kathleen Rooney

* Ambassador Ned & Stephanie Siegel


Miami-Dade County Supporters

Government Leaders

• Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bruno A. Barreiro

• Miami-Dade County School Board Chair Agustin "Gus" Barrera

• Miami-Dade County School Board Vice Chair Perla Tabares Hantman

• Miami-Dade County School Board former Chairman Frank Bolaños

★ Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz

* Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi

* Miami Lakes City Councilman Nelson Hernandez

* Miami Lakes City Councilman Tim Daubert

* Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia

* Miami Springs Vice-Mayor Dan Espino

* Doral Mayor Jose Bermudez

★ Doral Councilman and fmr. Vice Mayor Pete Cabrera

• Cutler Bay City Councilman Tim Meerbott

* Hialeah Gardens Mayor Yioset de la Cruz

* Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez

★ Hialeah City Councilwoman Isis Garcia-Martinez

* Hialeah City Councilman Jose Caragol

* Hialeah City Councilwoman Katharine Cue

* Hialeah City Councilman Luis Gonzalez

* Hialeah City Councilman Paul Hernandez

• Sweetwater City Mayor Manny Marono

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Ariel Abelairas

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Prisca Barreto

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Jose Bergouignan, Jr.

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Jose M. Diaz

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Manuel Duasso

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Jose M. Guerra

• Sweetwater City Commissioner Orlando Lopez

• Virginia Gardens City Councilman Jorge Arce

• Virginia Gardens City Councilman Richard Block

• Virginia Gardens City Councilman Steven Petterson

• Virginia Gardens City Councilwoman Debra Conover

• Raquel Rodriguez, former General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush

Business Leaders

• H. Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Miami Dolphins

• Herman Echevarria, BVK Group

• Jorge Arrizurieta, Akerman Senterfitt

• Thomas P. Murphy, Jr., Coastal Construction

• Wayne Rosen, Shores Development

• Masoud Shojaee, Shoma Homes

• Jorge L. Arrizurietta, Chair International Policy Group, Akerman Senterfitt, Coral Gables

• M. Anthony Burns, Chairman Emeritus, Ryder System

• Sergio Pino, Century Home Builders

• Brian Shortsleeve, H.I.G. Capital LLC

★ Stanley Tate, Tate Enterprises, Inc.

• Ray Velazquez, Terramark Worldwide

• Ann Woods Herberger, President of the Woods Herberger Group


Other Notable Florida Supporters - 2008

The following list is not comprehensive but gives a thorough representation of the kind of supporters who publicly endorsed and worked in behalf of Governor Romney.

Government Leaders

★ Mayor Rick Baker, Mayor of St. Petersburg

★ Vice-Mayor Troy R. Samuels, Vice-Mayor Of The City Of Miramar

★ Mayor Frank Hibbard, Mayor of Clearwater

★ County Commissioner David Russell, Jr, Hernando County;
Chairman of the Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization

★ Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, serving her fifth term as Chair of the Pasco County Commission

★ City Councilman Bill Foster, St. Petersburg

★ Edward Kennedy, A Republican State Committeeman. Former Broward County Commissioner

• Ted Mena, City Of Coral Springs Commissioner

• Sally Bradshaw, fmr. Chief of Staff for Gov. Jeb Bush

* Vice Mayor Art Otero, Kissimmee

* Commissioner Stan McClain, Marion County

Other Leaders

• Alicia Gonzalez, Served as a chief Spanish-language media relations consultant to the Republican Party

• former Florida Right to Life President Robin Hoffman - served on the Florida Right to Life PAC committee for more than 10 years; also past president of the St. Johns County Right to Life and currently serves as treasurer for the local chapter.

★ Ambassador Mel Sembler, former U.S. ambassador to Italy

• Ambassador John D. Rood, U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas from 2004-07

• Ambassador J. Richard Blankenship (switched support to Mayor Rudi Giuliani)

• Jeb Bush Jr., Chairman of Florida Young Professionals for Mitt

• James M. Seneff, Jr., CEO, CNL, Orlando, Florida (one of the Romney For President Florida Statewide Finance Committee Co-Chairs, leading a committee of over 80 businessmen seeking to elect Gov. Romney)

★ William W. Bain, Founder of Bain & Co, Naples, Florida

Mayor Rick Baker:

“Mitt Romney is the strongest Republican candidate and he is the only person capable of defeating Barack Obama in 2012. Mitt Romney has the experience, the vision and the commitment to conservative values that our Republican nominee will need to draw bold contrasts with the President’s failed, big government agenda. It is an honor to join his team and I look forward to working to ensure that he is elected the next President of the United States.”

"Mayor Baker, a nationally recognized urban leader, was named America’s 2008 Mayor/Public Official of the year by Governing Magazine and, in 2011, was noted as “America’s Greatest Mayor of the Decade” by Senior Political Columnist John Avlon in Newsweek Magazine/The Daily Beast. First elected in 2001, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker was re-elected by an unprecedented 70 percent margin in 2005, carrying every precinct in the city. He led the city through an historic renaissance. Baker chaired Governor Jeb Bush’s Municipal Mentoring Initiative and presently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Center for State and Local Leadership. His 2011 book “A Seamless City” describes city leadership and a conservative approach to urban revitalization in America."

Ambassador Mel Sembler:

“ "He's got a lot of common sense, he's got a success pattern in his life," Mel Sembler, one of Romney's principal Jewish backers, told JTA on Tuesday after accompanying him on a fundraising swing in Florida that netted the campaign $1.8 million.

“ "I like a man who's been in business for 25 years, who's made a payroll and who understands what the real world is like,” Sembler said.”

“With a leadership style developed over decades in the private sector, Gov. Romney has been successful throughout his career... As the CEO of Bain Capital, Romney invested in more than 150 companies like Domino's Pizza, Staples and Sports Authority, and helped develop business plans to run these enterprises successfully...

“At the peak of his business career, Mitt was asked to take over the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. At that time, the Olympics were beset by scandal and had fallen deeply into debt. Mitt took over, and, as he had done with so many companies, he went to work turning things around.

“The result was one of the most successful and profitable Olympics in history, even in the face of security concerns after 9/11.

“After the Olympics, Mitt brought needed leadership to Massachusetts. I have long been impressed by what he accomplished during his term as governor - strengthening education, laying the foundation for private, market-based health insurance for all and cutting the size and cost of government.

“Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Gov. Romney closed a nearly $3 billion deficit. Each year he filed a balanced budget without raising taxes.

“By eliminating waste, streamlining government and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth in Massachusetts, Gov. Romney got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses.

“As president, Mitt will govern by emphasizing his core principles: faith in free enterprise and free trade, accountability in education, personal responsibility, tolerance, strong families and a strong national defense. Our country faces what could be a defining moment in shaping its history, and I believe Mitt Romney can provide the kind of leadership that is sorely needed...”


Coalition of Florida Health Care Professionals for Mitt Romney

“In a joint statement, the Coalition Chairmen said, "As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney applied conservative principles to address the health insurance crisis in his state and is widely recognized as a national innovator in this field. As evidenced by the reform plan he presented to the Florida Medical Association last week, Governor Romney is the best equipped candidate to reform our health care system while protecting American taxpayers from a one-size-fits-all program that would result in increased spending and greater regulatory burdens." ”

Romney For President Florida Health Care Professionals Coalition Chairs

• Frank Farmer, M.D., Volusia County

• Patrick Hutton, M.D., Clay County

• Carl Lentz, M.D., Volusia County

(These Medical Doctors led a coalition of 40 medical professionals seeking to elect Governor Romney.)


Dr. David B. Langston, Chairman NW Black Republicans


    

Channel 7 News: "Members of Northwest's Florida Black Republicans club are showing their support locally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney... organizers say when it comes to Romney, it's all about people."

Dr. Langston: "And, that's what impressed us all-- In conversations I've had with him, is his desire to help people. Not just African-Americans, or whites or caucasions, or hispanic, but the human race of people..."


Organization of over 40 Florida Black Supporters

Romney For President Florida African American Steering Committee:

• Deon Long, Orange County - Statewide Chair
• State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, Clay County - Honorary Chair
★ David Griffin, Leon County - Honorary Chair

• Edward Bailey, Manatee County
• Jerry Blackwell, Bay County
• Rev. Terrell Blair, Orange County
• Dan Bolden, Gulf County
• Lorenzo Carnes, Manatee County
• Tracey Chatfield, Duval County
• Charles English, Seminole County
• Dan Estes, Bay County
• Marvel Estes, Bay County
• Myron Gilford, Bay County
• Eric Godet, Alachua County
• Marc Glover, Orange County
• James Green, Lee County
• Almon Gunter, Duval County
• Derek Hankerson, St. Johns County
• Alison Hewitt, Hillsborough County
• Thomas Huggins, III, Hillsborough County
• Cassandra Jackson, Pinellas County
• Kristen Jackson, Leon County
• Whitfield Jenkins, Marion County
• Dooley Johnson, Escambia County
• David Langston, Gulf County
• Charles McNeal, Manatee County
• Morton Nembhard, Alachua County
• Hosea Pittman, Escambia County
• Francis Rice, Sarasota County
• James Richardson, Clay County
• Jack Robinson, Collier County
• Edwin Rodriquez, Leon County
• Matt Shack, Bay County
• Jacquelyn Solomon, Liberty County
• Leslie Steele, Leon County
• Linda Tschudi, Gulf County
• Kenneth Tschudi, Gulf County
• Catherine Walker-Spencer, Lake County
• Lidia Wallace, Broward County
• Dr. Vibert White, Orange County
• Adron Wynn, Franklin County

“ "Governor Romney is the only candidate that is presenting substantive policies and reforms to address the problems Americans face today. With a record of innovative leadership, it is clear that he is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership we need to expand access to affordable health care, keep our taxes low, raise the bar on education and keep our country safe," said Statewide Chair Deon Long. "I am proud to lead such an impressive group of Floridians as we work hard to elect Governor Romney the next President of the United States." ”


Christain and Family Values Leaders write open letter

“Some press accounts and bloggers have described Governor Romney in terms we neither have observed nor can we accept. To the contrary, we, who have been fighting here for the values you also hold, are indebted to him and his responsive staff in demonstrating solid social conservative credentials by undertaking the following actions here in Massachusetts: ...

“Staunchly defended traditional marriage. Governor Romney immediately and strongly condemned the November 18, 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decision that legalized “same-sex marriage” in our state. More importantly, he followed up on that denunciation with action...

“We do not agree with the claims that Gov. Romney had bogus Party A and Party B marriage licenses printed and ordered Justices of the Peace and Town Clerks to perform same-sex “marriages” when asked or be fired. As May 17, 2004 (the SJC’s declaratory judgment date) approached, the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel issued provisional advisory instructions to the justices of the peace and prepared revised license applications. These executive actions did not result in the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples before May 17. The new policies were carried out only after and as a direct result of the judiciary’s final action in Goodridge on May 17. They did not generate same-sex marriages; that responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

“We do not agree with the claims that Gov. Romney issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The governor does not issue marriage licenses in Massachusetts. Only the town clerks can do that. But the governor can issue one-day justice of the peace authorizations to an individual who wants to perform a marriage ceremony but is not a licensed minister, town clerk or justice of the peace. The governor’s office issues thousands of those in a four year term with the only criteria being that the individual doing the ceremony is in good standing and the parties getting married have a valid marriage license.

“Worked hard to overturn “same-sex marriage” in the Commonwealth with substantial results. In 2004 he lobbied hard, before a very hostile legislature, for a constitutional amendment protecting marriage – an amendment later changed by the legislature to include civil unions, which the Governor and many marriage amendment supporters opposed. Working with the Governor, we were successful in defeating this amendment.

“Provided strong, active support for a record-setting citizen petition drive in 2005 to advance a clean constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The petition drive collected the largest number of signatures in Massachusetts history.

“Rallied thousands of citizens around the state to focus public and media attention on the failure of legislators, through repeated delays, to perform their constitutional obligation and vote on the marriage amendment. In November of 2006, Gov. Romney held the largest State House rally in Massachusetts history with over 7000 supporters of traditional marriage.

“Filed suit before the Supreme Judicial Court asking the court to clarify the legislators’ duty to vote and failing that, to place the amendment on the 2008 ballot. That lawsuit, perhaps more than any other single action, was by all accounts instrumental in bringing the ultimate pressure on the legislators to vote. The SJC unanimously ruled that the Legislature must vote and the historic vote was taken on January 2, 2007 winning legislative support. This cleared a major hurdle in the three year effort to restore traditional marriage in the Commonwealth.” ...

“Affirmed the culture of life. Governor Romney vetoed bills to provide access to the so-called “morning-after pill,” which is an abortifacient, as well as a bill providing for expansive, embryo-destroying stem cell research. He vetoed the latter bill in 2005 because he could not “in good conscience allow this bill to become law.”

“We do not agree with the claims that Gov. Romney is responsible for tax payer funded abortion under the Massachusetts health care system. That blame lies solely on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court who ruled in 1981 that the Massachusetts Constitution required payment for abortions for Medicaid-eligible women. In 1997, the Court reaffirmed its position that a state-subsidized plan must offer “medically necessary abortions.”...”

* The Honorable Rachel Burgin - State Representative; Awarded the 2011 “Susan B. Anthony Young Leader Award”; 2012 Sponsor of the Abortion Clinic Regulation Act

* Marili Cancio - Member of the Christian Family Coalition Finance Committee

* The Honorable Daniel Davis - State Representative; 2012 Sponsor of the “Fetal Pain” Bill

* The Honorable Anitere Flores - State Senator; 2007 Citizens for Science and Ethics Legislator of the Year for her fight against the public funding of embryonic stem cell research; 2009 Sponsor of the Ultra-sound Option Bill

* Adam Goldman - Member of the Board of Directors for the James Madison Institute; 2009-2010 Vice-Chair of Florida Right to Life

* John Giotis - Headmaster for the School of the Immaculata; Tampa Bay Director for the 2008 “Yes4Marriage” Campaign

* Ryan Higgins - Business Manager of Hope Children’s Home, a Tampa-based Christian orphanage; Vice-Chair of the Hillsborough County Children’s Board

* Nancy McGowan - Twice commissioned Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Augustine; State Steering Committee of Social Conservatives for Rubio

* Vicki Mullins - Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to head up abstinence education in Florida; Program Director for My-Choices.Net

* Pat Neal - Past Chairman of the Board of the Christian Coalition of Florida; Chairman of the Board of the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Florida

* Leslie Steele - Served as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Jeb Bush; lead Communications Consultant for the 2008 “Yes4Marriage” Campaign

* The Honorable Dave Weldon - Physician; Former Congressman; 2001 Sponsor of the Federal legislation to ban human cloning


Florida's most important Christian Right leaders

"Romney has sealed up endorsements from Florida's most important Christian Right leaders, including the heads of the Florida Family Association (connected to Focus on the Family) and the incoming head of the Christian Coalition of Florida...

"Dennis Baxley, David Caton, Carole Griffin and Anthony Verdugo, representing over fifty years of combined pro-family leadership in Florida, support Mitt Romney in the Florida Presidential Preference Primary...

"Dennis Baxley is the incoming Executive Director for Christian Coalition of Florida ... David Caton is the Executive Director of Florida Family Association. Carole Griffin is a pro-family lobbyist in Tallahassee and heads the Eagle Forum in Florida. Anthony Verdugo is the president of Christian Family Coalition." (beliefnet)

(Many present and past national and state Christian Coalition leaders endorsed Governor Romney as president. See-Christian Coalition officers who endorsed Gov. Romney)

Other Christian and Family Values Leaders:

* Fmr. U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon, founder of the Space Coast Family Forum and Israel Allies Caucus

* Nancy Peek McGowan, twice the Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Augustine

* Rodney Akers, immediate past president of the Florida Conference of United Methodist Men

* Pastor Derek Janney, Senior Pastor at Orlando Baptist Church

* Adam Goldman, Former Vice President for Florida Right to Life

* Reverend John-Erik Moseler, Assistant Pastor at Orlando Baptist Church

* Vicki Mullins, program director for My-Choices.net, head of abstinence education in Florida under Gov. Bush

* ...

Dr. Jay Dennis, Senior Pastor, Lakeland, Florida

Rev. Terrell Blair, Orange County, Florida

Former Florida Right to Life President Robin Hoffman - served on the Florida Right to Life PAC committee for more than 10 years; also past president of the St. Johns County Right to Life and currently serves as treasurer for the local chapter. (To see other pro-life endorsements and Gov. Romney's record and platform on life issues, see this page: abortion.htm)