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The Northwest has not jumped early or hard into the presidential contest, in either major party, though all indications are that anyone who waits significantly longer to enter (with the theoretical exception of Al Gore, among the Democrat) will probably be shut out. For all that, not many major political figures in the Northwest have hopped anyone’s train as yet.

Idaho Representative Mike Simpson just has, with his endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (He may be the first major Idaho political figure to endorse. ) In an e-mail sent out today under his campaign logo (sorry, no direct links as yet. Romney’s campaign blog lists Simpson on his “congressional whip team” in a campaign blog post today); he is the only northwesterner among its 22 members.

Simpson: “Mitt Romney has the clear momentum among Republicans and I hope to help him expand his base in the Pacific Northwest. I’m convinced he is our Party’s best candidate and is ideally equipped to be our nation’s next President.”

Romney seems to be developing clear support in Idaho and Oregon; Washington seems a little less clear at the moment.

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  1. chocobot18 chocobot18 February 7, 2007

    Wait till the Mormon thing comes to clout, it won’t work.

  2. Bubblehead Bubblehead February 7, 2007

    Please explain the “Mormom thing” that will come to “clout”.

  3. kodell kodell February 9, 2007

    You should also add Larry Craig to the list of Idaho supporters of Mitt Romney.

    Governor Mitt Romney Announces Co-Senate Liaisons
    Thursday, Feb 08, 2007

    CONTACT: Kevin Madden (857) 288-6390

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

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

    Background On Governor Romney’s Co-Senate Liaisons:

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

    Senator Larry Craig Was First Elected To The United States Senate In 1990 And Is Currently Serving His Third Term. Senator Craig was the youngest person ever to serve as Chairman of the Steering Committee, a legislative action group for Senate conservatives. He also was Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and is currently the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Senator Craig has been recognized by several national groups for his record of promoting fiscal discipline. Outside the Senate, he sits on the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to his time in the Senate, Senator Craig served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Idaho State Senate.

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