Dean Skelos Endorses Mitt Romney for President

dean Dean Skelos Endorses Mitt Romney for PresidentNew York Republicans are really starting to close ranks behind Mitt Romney as Dean Skelos–the  majority leader in the State Senate and the state’s highest ranking Republican–announced today that he was backing the former Massachusetts governor.

“Mitt Romney’s priorities are our priorities – – getting the economy moving again and creating jobs,” Mr. Skelos said. “Of all of the candidates running for President, he is the one most uniquely qualified for this moment.  Mitt Romney’s policies will translate into more private sector jobs and more opportunities in New York and across the country, and I am proud to endorse him for President.”

The release touting the endorsement notes that it comes “after extensive discussions with members of the Senate’s 32-member Republican majority.”‘

Yesterday, Mr. Romney’s campaign announced that City Council GOP wunderkind Eric Ulrich had signed on as the New York City campaign chair. Mr. Romney has also received the backing of Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm.

Full release below:

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos – – New York’s top elected Republican – – today endorsed Mitt Romney for President, saying the businessman and former Massachusetts Governor has what it takes to create private sector jobs and fix the country’s ailing economy.

 

The endorsement comes after extensive discussions with members of the Senate’s 32-member Republican majority.

 

“Mitt Romney’s priorities are our priorities – – getting the economy moving again and creating jobs.  Of all of the candidates running for President, he is the one most uniquely qualified for this moment.  Mitt Romney’s policies will translate into more private sector jobs and more opportunities in New York and across the country, and I am proud to endorse him for President,” Senator Skelos said.

 

As Massachusetts Governor, Romney issued more than 800 vetoes and brought conservative principles to state government.  He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives and fought to bring businesses to his state.  He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes or borrowing, and generated thousands of new jobs.

As founder and CEO of Bain Capital, he helped launch or rebuild hundreds of companies.  He is also widely credited with saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, which was bleeding red ink and on the brink of collapse following a bid-rigging scandal and security concerns after 9/11.

Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, is serving his 14th term in the Senate and is the chamber’s Majority Leader.

Before assuming the responsibilities of Majority Leader, he held the position of Senate Republican Leader, where he was an outspoken voice for lower taxes, less government spending and a renewed emphasis on private sector job creation.

“Nine percent unemployment is unacceptable, and it’s time for our leaders in Washington to start working together to reverse our current economic course.  We need lower taxes, less regulation and a more business-friendly environment so companies here can compete and grow.  Mitt Romney knows what it takes to create jobs, to meet a bottom line and to balance a budget in a responsible way.  Those skills will serve him well in the White House,” Skelos concluded