Mitt Romney endorses Kay Ivey for governor
Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has endorsed state Treasurer Kay Ivey in her race to be the next governor of Alabama.
She served as state chairwoman of Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
"I worked closely with Kay when I ran for president," Romney said in a statement. "Having been a governor myself, I know she's got the experience and vision to do a good job. Some candidates may talk about being a conservative, but Kay Ivey is the real thing. I've seen her stay true to her conservative principles as state treasurer, and I know they will guide her as governor of Alabama."
Ivey, a Republican in her second term as state treasurer, said she was honored to receive the endorsement.
"It says a lot when a national figure of Gov. Romney's stature supports my effort to provide Alabamians conservative leadership with effective results. Gov. Romney and I share a passion for making government work better for the people it serves.
"Mitt Romney took office at a time of economic crisis and he turned things around for his state," Ivey said. "I will do the same in Alabama. Mitt Romney was a leader in improving education as governor, and I will be, too."
Ivey is running in a crowded Republican field for governor.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen