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Roddey Endorses Romney

By Keegan Gibson and Brittany Hundzynski

Jim Roddey, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County, confirmed to PoliticsPA that he is endorsing Mitt Romney for President. It’s another sign that Pa. Republicans view Romney as the GOP hopeful with the best chance of winning Pennsylvania in a general election.

“I’m endorsing Mitt Romney. I believe that he has the best chance of any of the candidates to attract the independent votes and the conservative Democrat votes. While there may be some in the party that prefer someone more conservative, I think our goal is to win the general election. I think Romney represents the best chance to do that,” he said.

Roddey is a businessman and political figure who is best known as the first Allegheny County Executive. He later became an appointed member of Pittsburgh’s fiscal oversight board, Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

Former Massachusetts Governor Romney helped the RCAC raise about $10,000 during a visit last week. His trip makes the third visit to Pittsburgh in October by a 2012 candidate. President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Rick Perry came to the Steel City in October.

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