Dave Reichert, Issaquah representative in Congress, endorses Mitt Romney

February 28, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Feb. 28, 2012

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a former King County sheriff and the Issaquah representative in Congress, endorsed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, campaign officials announced Tuesday morning.

Dave Reichert

The endorsement from Reichert came days before Washington Republicans gather at caucus sites statewide to select a presidential candidate to face President Barack Obama in November.

“Congressman Reichert has served his community with distinction and it is an honor to have his support,” Romney said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him and the rest of my growing Washington team so that we can defeat President Obama and bring jobs back to Washington state.”

Reichert cited the former Massachusetts governor’s business background as a reason for the endorsement.

“Mitt Romney has been a successful leader and has shown that commonsense, real world experience can be used to turn around tough situations,” Reichert said. “Our economy and country need a new direction and I believe that Mitt Romney is the person with the background and skills to lead our country back on the right path.”

In addition to Romney, the still-unsettled Republican presidential field includes former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Reichert urged caucusgoers to support Romney on Saturday.

“On March 3, I urge Washingtonians to support Mitt Romney — with a leader like him in the White House, we can be confident of a bright future,” he said.

In 2008, Reichert endorsed Rudy Guiliani until the former New York City mayor left the race in January, and then backed U.S. Sen. John McCain, the eventual GOP nominee.

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