Three N.H. sheriffs back Romney
November 28th, 2011
08:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Three N.H. sheriffs back Romney

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney has gained the support of three more New Hampshire sheriffs, CNN has learned.

Sheriffs Mike Downing, Craig Wiggin and Michael Prozzo will officially endorse Romney on Monday.

Two other sheriffs had already signed onto the former Massachusetts governor's campaign. There are ten sheriffs in the state, one for each county in New Hampshire.

Romney has long been considered the front-runner in New Hampshire, where he has racked up endorsements from two of three Republican members of the state's congressional delegation, as well as many local officials.

On Sunday he was passed over for one of the biggest coups for a presidential candidate - the support of New Hampshire's Union Leader. The influential state-wide paper threw its support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has gained momentum in the state and said he hopes to become voters' alternative to Romney.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
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  1. bilk7

    Getting a county sheriff's endorsement is national news? What's next....the mailman? Newspaper delivery boy? Clerk at the corner store? What am I thinking....those are the last people who would endorse Mitt Romney!

    November 28, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. mgc tampa

    Wow, I am so impressed! 3 sheriffs back Romney, wow, what a huge deal this is? Maybe we can get sheriffs across the country to back him LMAO!

    November 28, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. diridi

    not winnable. His health care option does not provide "Public Option". Obama2012.

    November 28, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. yuri

    Shocking! Absolutely shocking. Sheriffs supporting a flip-flopper, is unbelievable and unprecedented, for a presidential candidate. No can do. Oh well, what else is new?

    November 28, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Romney has an overwhelming lead in NH polls. He polls at over 50% while no one else can escape the teens. This is according to the poll reported by the major newspaper, Union Leader, that just endorsed Gingrich. Romney's problems are not in New England. It is with the rest of the country. He does not do well in places like Iowa and South Carolina. Why his campaign has remained so focused on NH, while almost totally ignoring IA and SC, is a mystery to me. I guess he doesn't want any bad sound bites of him being heckled by people at one of his rallies.

    November 28, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. Joe800

    ...well HOWDEEDOO!!..3 New Hampshire sheriff's weigh in on repugnican politicys....considering the NYC school budget is over 10x the entire state of New Hampshires...we should really care what one the least populated or productive states has to say about national politics...

    November 28, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. Curt

    I think you need to change your election laws in the U.S. In Canada police officers are banned from openly supporting any candidates due to the power and influence they have over people. Makes sense to me.

    November 28, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Laverne

    Who cares if a sheriff endorses, certainly don't need to make the news. I swear politics is getting more and more silly.

    November 28, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Curt wrote:
    ... In Canada police officers are banned from openly supporting any candidates due to the power and influence they have over people. Makes sense to me.
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    It does make sense, but you are overlooking one basic fact. These sheriffs are elected to their positions. So, by definition these sheriffs are politicians, too.

    November 28, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. ja

    it is good they can cast only three votes total, my entire family back obama

    November 28, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Curt

    Rudy's reply: Maybe sheriffs being elected is a problem. Where I come from Police Chiefs are appointed because of their ability and not who they know or how much campaign money they can raise. That way the police departments are run the way they should be and not on the basis of someone wanting to be re-elected.

    November 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. stevie

    You will care about New Hampshire when Obama loses it to Romney. LOL

    November 28, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    bilk7, you are obviously not familiar with New Hampshire politics. The Manchester (NH) Union Leader considers the National Review to be a Communist Party publication and Fox News to be too liberal for their tastes. They constantly had editorials against Romney while he was Governor of Massachusetts. They have always considered themselves to be the Kingmakers of the Republican Party in the Northeast. Romney, however, has been working the streets and collecting endorsements from real people, not the toadies of Bill Loeb's heirs.

    November 28, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. T.H.E. Simpsons

    Wow! Chief Wiggams supports Romney? I can't wait to tell Homer!

    November 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney has long been considered the front-runner in New Hampshire, where he has racked up endorsements from two of three Republican members of the state's congressional delegation, as well as many local officials."

    After New Hampshire, what then, Willard? There has become a noticeable lack of cohesion to the Romney end game, both within his own party primary and the up and coming general election. Either the Romney camp takes for granted he will become the GOP nominee and the next President, thus no real strategy is needed, or the Romney camp has already become unfocused and is flailing around with little to no campaign structure. All these "endorsements" mean very little in the real world, yet Romney seems to accept them as his due ... and paramount to a Romney victory. Perhaps Willard isn't as familiar with the voting process as he should be ... and what little influence those "endorsing" him actually have on we the little people.

    November 28, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |