June 28th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney makes 100th endorsement

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/28/art.romney.0305.gi.jpg caption="Mitt Romney has made his 100th endorsement of the current election cycle."](CNN) - Mitt Romney endorsed three fellow Republicans Monday, bringing to 100 the number of candidates the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate has backed so far this election cycle.

Romney's Free and Strong America political action committee announced the endorsement of businessman and mayor Paul LaPage in the battle for Maine's open gubernatorial contest. Republicans hope to win back the governor's office, which has been held for eight years by Democrat John Baldacci, who is prevented by term limits from running for re-election.

The PAC also endorsed businessman Jason Levesque in the race for Maine's second congressional district, and businessman Dean Scontras for the state's first congressional district.

"These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC's 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again," says a statement from the PAC.

"This coming election is going to yield some great wins for the Republican party and Governor Romney believes that the candidates we have running, not only in Maine but around the country, are among the most talented our party has seen in a very long time," says Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom.

The endorsements appear to be part of a strategy for Romney to build support among Republicans across the country, in advance of what may be another bid for the White House. Romney's endorsements of Nikki Haley in the South Carolina GOP gubernatorial primary, and of former Gov. Terry Branstad in the Iowa Republican gubernatorial primary, could help him next year in those two crucial early voting states in the presidential primary calendar.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Linda

    Who cares what this light weight does

    June 28, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. felicia

    Well la di da, good for the crooked repig. romney is a jerk and a half.

    June 28, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Yeah well what else does Mittens have to do these days?? I mean, he can't get elected to any office himself!

    June 28, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Dano

    Exactly how much is the endorsement of a serial loser worth in the world of politics?

    June 28, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I know Mitt has 2012 ambitions, but he will lose simply for being a flip flopper. I don't see how you can be against the healthcare bill that passed when it's identical to what you passed in Massachusetts.

    June 28, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. FM

    The question is: Are those he has endorsed going to endorse him in case he is GOP Candidate for President 2012? I presume the answer is NO!

    June 28, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney makes 100th endorsement


    Look! Mittens has found something to do with his overabundance of free time! Good for you Mittens, standby for that call from Fruit of the Loom!

    June 28, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. al in memphis

    Now I see his campaign strategy. Endorse enough people to have them beholding to you when you get ready for that next presidential run. 100 down and 250 million to go.

    Hey, if the American people are watching, this is what our political system has become. People within two groups jockey for position to be that party's canidate, then only choice we have are those two people.
    What did they do to become the choice of the people, and hence the voice of the people - nothing but travel around endorsing each other.
    Our democratic process is great– it's how badly its being manipulated that stinks.

    June 28, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. bringing to 100

    so what is his success ratio?

    does anyone listen to his endorsements?

    my inclination is no, but I thought the country would have been bright enough NOT to elect Bush/Cheney.

    how many endorsements does he have in common with that flash in the pan Palin?

    June 28, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    And I would be willing to bet that if challenged he could not name even 10 of them!
    Same with Caribou Barbie (sorry, I have to get at least one dig in against her or my day is not complete)!

    June 28, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Guess Palin will jump aboard IF it looks like they might win – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    June 28, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. chris24

    Mr. Establishment.

    Mr. Money

    Mr. Republican

    Mr. Loser

    June 28, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Minnesotan

    Romney obviously cares about quantity over quality. Keep cranking out those endorsements, Mr. Mitt! By the way, can I have one too? I'll put it next to my Talking Elmo and my Atari Pong game.

    June 28, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Ruth

    Who cares? This man is another McCain. Why can't the republican party come up with someone with some brains. If they ever do I will vote for them again. I voted for Bush two times. HE turned me against the republican party.

    June 28, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Sounds like he's lining up political favors he can call in later ... what a schmuck!

    June 28, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Larry

    When you reach 1,000 let me know Romney.

    June 28, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Wise one

    Romney has been making spot on choices –12 of his 13 endorsements have won.

    June 28, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. DagnyTag

    Mitt is a reasonable man that understands business/free market and common sense logical principles; not a radical looney left, academic/lawyer ideologue, govenrment/union expansion addicted, anti-profit, anti-private sector, dithering, inexperienced, incompetent, self righteous, arrogant, hypocritical, blame-game lovin', community organizin' corrupticago clown. Please run for pres Mitt. Help return sanity back to the leadership of this country. Go Mitt Romney!

    June 28, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Senator

    where are your convictions Mr. Romney?

    June 28, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Pedro

    No one will forget that Mitt Romney made flip-flopping for political expediency an art. People don't respect politicians who do that.

    June 28, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    PACs are one of the first things true campaign finance reform should eliminate. These fake not for profit organizations are nothing more than a grifters game for corporate money from all corners of the world to come into a candidate’s campaign that undermines the rights of the voters in a voter district.
    No money from outside a voter district should be allowed to a person running as a representative of the people.

    June 28, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. SMH

    Am I the only one who noticed that he's endorsing only "businessmen"?

    June 28, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Pam

    And MItt Romney's endorsement is worth what.....29 cents???

    June 28, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |