Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney continues to garner support from New York State's GOP establishment, announcing Friday the endorsement of 24 members of the Assembly.
Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua led the initiative, which included Jane Corwin of Clarence, Joseph Giglio of Gowanda, Stephen Hawley of Batavia, and Raymond Walter of East Amherst.
“Mitt Romney is the one candidate with the values and experience that will be needed to go up against President Obama in November," Kolb said. "Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has displayed leadership in tough situations – that is exactly what will be needed to turn around our economy.”
Romney is so far leading the presidential pack in New York, also gaining the support of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos of Rockville Centre. Romney is also set to benefit from a major fundraiser in early 2012 sponsored by GOP money men Anthony Gioia and Mark Hamister. Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas Langworthy is also expected to join the Romney camp soon.
The Politics Column in Sunday's Buffalo News will examine the local presidential scene in depth, including Erie County support for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential bid.
--Robert J. McCarthy