WASHINGTON--GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney announced Monday the endorsement of freshman Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), adding more support from the Illinois political establishment.
Earlier, Romney was endorsed by former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).
Dold is up for re-election in 2012 in a north suburban 10th district remapped to make it more Democratic. Romney is the only one in the GOP pack who could help Dold at the top of the ticket. Any of the other contenders--who in the tenth would be perceived as running well to the right of Romney or who were flawed--not a debatable presumption in that district--would be baggage Dold would not want to carry.
Statement from the Romney campaign:
"In his short time in Washington, Congressman Dold has been a bold voice for getting Washington off its spending addiction," said Mitt Romney. "Creating jobs and getting our economy moving again are goals that can be achieved by working with budget-cutters like Congressman Dold and having a president that recognizes the magnitude of our spending problem. I will work with leaders like Congressman Dold to restore our nation's fiscal health and ensure that our children are not burdened with debt."
"Last week Mitt Romney laid out bold, bipartisan solutions to our nation's fiscal problems," said Congressman Dold. "We are spending 40 cents of every dollar on interest toward our debt, and without a change in direction, we might find ourselves in a hole that we can't get out of. Mitt Romney spent his life in the private sector and knows that you can't be a viable enterprise if you spend more than you take in. I have worked in Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen the economy by creating the economic certainty that small businesses need to grow and create new jobs. I look forward to working with Mitt Romney to pass commonsense legislation our job creators need to expand and get our economy moving again."