KY U.S. Reps. Whitfield and Rogers endorse Mitt Romney for president

10/17/2011 05:48 PM

Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney locked up endorsements from half of Kentucky’s Republican U.S. House members.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the Somerset Republican and House Appropriations chairman, and Rep. Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville announced their support of Romney Monday, as first reported by Politico.

“They … share my goal of making our country energy independent. I look forward to working with them to help ensure Kentucky’s leading role in providing energy and jobs for our country,” Romney said of Whitfield and Rogers’ endorsement in a statement on his campaign website.

Rogers said Kentucky needs a change in the White House to reduce regulatory “red tape” and help stimulate the economy.

“Mitt Romney has laid out a comprehensive economic plan that gets Main Street rolling again, lessens the tax burden on working families and encourages small business growth and innovation to create real, private sector jobs,” Rogers said in the statement. “His successful business and government experience leave Mitt well prepared to tackle the economic and security challenges ahead. I am proud to support him.”

Rogers was among several big-name Republicans, including then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson, to back Romney during the 2008 primary campaign.

But it continues the momentum Romney has received in the last two weeks as his former chief rivals, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, have dropped in the GOP polls and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced he wouldn’t run for the nomination — then endorsed Romney.


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