Geoff Davis backing Romney for president, McDaniel for 23rd Senate but stays mum on 4th Congressional Dist.

03/28/2012 10:31 AM

Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Hebron is among the growing list of prominent Kentucky Republicans who are throwing their support to Mitt Romney as the GOP primary for president continues to march on.

Davis makes the third Kentucky congressman — following U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers of Somerset and Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville — to back Romney. Davis told Pure Politics after a speech to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday that the former investment firm executive and past Massachusetts governor has the right background to handle the economic problems the country faces.

Davis also plans to endorse Taylor Mill businessman Chris McDaniel in a Northern Kentucky state Senate race but is declining to publicly back a candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat that he has decided not to run for again.

Davis is scheduled to speak at an April 12 fundraiser for McDaniel. but had not yet formally endorsed McDaniel over Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort in the Republican primary for the 23rd Senate District. However, he told Pure Politics he will be backing McDaniel in that race to replace retiring Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, although he mistakenly called him “Chris Daniel.”

But the big primary on May 22 is for the GOP nomination to succeed Davis in Congress. Seven candidates have filed for that race, including state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright, who hired Davis’ former communications director, Rick VanMeter, as her campaign manager.

But Davis didn’t want to say much about that race:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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