Politics

Rep. Darrell Issa: ‘Mitt Romney is the right candidate’

Will Rahn Senior Editor

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he had received the endorsement of California Republican and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

“As a former businessman, I know that Mitt Romney is the right candidate to get both California and the country’s economy on the right track again,” Rep. Issa said in a statement released by Romney’s campaign. “The country would be well served to have someone who knows how the economy works and has worked in the private sector. President Obama never worked in the real economy — we can’t afford to have another president who has spent his career outside the real economy.”

“As someone who shares my background in business, Congressman Issa understands that we need to make fundamental changes in Washington,” said Romney. “I am proud to have his support, and look forward to working with him as I campaign in California and work to bring jobs back to the state and strengthen the American economy.”

Issa, who supported Sen. John McCain over Romney during the 2008 primary, is one of the former Massachusetts Governor’s more high-profile endorsements this year. Some of his other big endorsements include Senators Orrin Hatch and Scott Brown, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

A recent poll showed Romney was the heavy favorite in the New Hampshire primary.