Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governor and the first United States Homeland Security Secretary in the George W. Bush administration, has announced that he will endorse former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for president.
It seems Mitt Romney, who comes off a disappointing Tuesday night by losing the states of Alabama and Mississippi, has received another endorsement from a former high-level official in the United States government.
Former Pennsylvania Governor and the first United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005 Tom Ridge has endorsed Romney for the Republican nomination. Ridge first endorsed former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman back in December.
The Romney presidential campaign issued a press release Wednesday where the former governor stated Wednesday that “it is an honor to have Governor Ridge’s support.”
“There are few leaders who have such a distinguished record of service to our country. As a combat soldier in Vietnam, he fought with bravery and distinction,” said Romney. “As a Congressman and Governor, he was a tireless servant for Pennsylvania. And as Secretary of Homeland Security, he kept our country safe from those who wished to harm us. I am humbled to have his endorsement and welcome Governor Ridge’s counsel.”
Meanwhile, in Ridge’s announcement, he said that as spending most of his life in the public sector, he has met a lot of “accomplished and strong leaders” in his lifetime and “Mitt Romney is one of them.”
“He would bring to the presidency an extraordinary set of skills. His record of accomplishment in the private sector is matched by his achievements as Governor of Massachusetts and his work saving the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City,” said Ridge, who served as governor from 1995 to 2001. “In that latter role, he demonstrated a genuine ability to command in facing the security problems that cropped up for the Games in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.”
Although Romney placed third in Tuesday’s two southern state primaries, Romney was able to secure victories in the Hawaii and American Samoa caucuses. The next Republican contest will be held Saturday when Missouri voters hold their caucuses. 52 delegates will be at stake.