More S.C. Leaders Stepping Forward to Back Romney
The former Massachusetts governor announces the support of business leaders, elected officials, veterans and conservative activists.
On Tuesday, more leaders in South Carolina stepped forward in support of GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney.
A new poll from Monmouth University shows Romney with an 11-point lead on his nearest competition, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
And now, Romney is adding key business leaders, elected officials, veterans, and conservative activists to his of growing supporters.
On the list today include notable names such as former Secretary of Commercie Bob Faith, Spartanburg businessman George Dean Johnson, Jr., and Greenville County Council Chair and Retired Brigadier General Butch Kirven.
“The wide range of support from conservatives across South Carolina proves that my message of a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government is resonating with voters concerned about the direction of our country,” said Mitt Romney. “I’m happy to earn their endorsement and look forward to working with them for the vote of every South Carolinian.”
Faith said that South Carolina voters have an important choice to make regarding the future of the country.
"We need a conservative candidate who will defeat President Obama and reverse his failed policies," Faith said in a release from the campaign. "That man is Mitt Romney. He is committed to getting rid of failed government programs like Obamacare. He is against government entities like the NLRB interfering with free enterprises like Boeing who want to invest in South Carolina and create jobs for South Carolinians. He is for restoring conservative principles to government, so that Washington will stop spending and start letting this country's entrepreneurs and business leaders get back to creating jobs.”
Kirven said that Romney is the best choice to lead the country through "challenging economic times." Kirven said Romney can restore limited government to Washington, cut spending, grow the economy and get the nation back on track.
“I was looking for someone who reflects my values, is strong on national defense, and knows how to get the economy going again," Kirven said.
The list of new supporters includes:
State Representative Don Bowen, Anderson
Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill
Greenville City Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle
George Dean Johnson, Jr., Chairman, Johnson Development Associates, Spartanburg
Greenville County Council Chairman Butch Kirven
State Representative Phil Owens, Easley
Rick Pennell, Metromont Corporation, Greenville
Specialist John Snyder, U.S. Army, Ret., Greenville
Greenville Mayor Pro Tempore David Sudduth
John H. Burriss, Owner of Gold's Gyms of Columbia
Former York County GOP Chairman Henry Eldridge, Rock Hill
Richard J. Gaton, Columbia
Richard Jackson, CEO, C.R. Jackson, Inc., Columbia
Leighton Lord, Former Chairman, Nexsen Pruet, Columbia
State Representative Ralph Norman, Rock Hill
Former York County GOP Executive Committeewoman Karen Walto, Rock Hill
Sally and Richard Coen, Mount Pleasant
Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon, Charleston
Former South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Robert A. Faith, Chairman & CEO, Greystar Real Estate Partners, Charleston
Rear Admiral, James Flatley, U.S. Navy, Ret., Charleston
William B. Hewitt, Retired Executive, Charleston
Former Bluffton Mayor Hank Johnston
Former South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Buck Limehouse, Charleston
Brigadier General Cliff Poole, U.S. Army, Ret., Charleston
Bill Prezzano, Charleston
Charleston County Treasurer Andy Smith
Jonathan Zucker, President, The InterTech Group, Charleston