Hunter met with Thompson Tuesday but endorsed Romney two days later.
(CNN) – Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson got the photo op, but two days later a Florida sheriff endorsed his rival in the Republican presidential race.
Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Thursday, the Romney campaign announced. Hunter, whose department has launched programs to crack down on illegal immigration, said that issue was the biggest factor in his decision.
“I had the opportunity to look at the records of other candidates, and it is clear that Gov. Romney is the candidate with the most impressive record of accomplishment in the public and private sectors, and the strongest record of enforcing our immigration laws," Hunter said in a statement.
The Romney campaign was quick to note Hunter appeared with Thompson at an event two days ago in Naples, where the Tennessee Republican outlined his immigration reform plans.
- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk