By Ali Carey, Contributing Writer
It probably comes as little surprise – observers for months have said that Mitt Romney would be the strongest Republican presidential hopeful in the Philadelphia suburbs. SEPA political powerhouse Bob Asher has thrown his support behind the former Massachusetts Governor.
Asher has been one of Pa.’s RNC committee members for over two decades. An influential donor, his support is seen as key in the state – particularly his home base in southeast Pa.
In a statement from the Romney campaign, Asher praised the Governor.
“For the last three years, the middle class has shrunk due to President Obama’s rampant government spending and burdensome regulations that inhibit small businesses,” he said. “The American people need someone in Washington who knows how the real world works. Mitt Romney has spent his life as a conservative businessman and he’s the candidate we need to turn around this country.”
“Throughout his time in Pennsylvania politics, Bob has fought for conservative principles like cutting taxes, growing our economy, and making sure we give all Americans the opportunity to succeed. In the months to come, I look forward to working with Bob to spread my message of job creation through a ‘Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter’ federal government,” Romney said.
According to the latest Morning Call/ Mulhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinionpolling of Pa. voters, Obama tops Romney by only 4 points and only a slight plurality would choose Obama over an unnamed Republican candidate in a head-to-head matchup.
Asher endorsed Rudy Giuliani in 2008, but his support was featured in a damaging ABC news report that highlighted the committeeman’s 1987 arrest and conviction for perjury and racketeering, among other charges.