Duncan, Roe Back Romney; Rest of TN Republicans in Congress Mum

U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. and U.S. Rep. Phil Roe have endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination, reports Michael Collins, but other Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation are staying out of the fray.
“I’ve been very, very impressed with Gov. Romney as a person,” the Knoxville Republican (Duncan) said. “I’ve met with him personally three or four times, and each time I’ve been impressed. He seems to me to be a good man, a good family man, and just a really nice man.
“He has good business experience, and I think with the economy and jobs and so forth being among the top considerations in the election this year, I think it would be a good thing to have a successful businessman as our nominee.”
,,,(Roe) said he was drawn to the former governor because of his business background and his experience in dealing with an onerous legislature.
“I said from the very beginning that I wanted a governor to represent my party as the nominee,” Roe, R-Johnson City, said recently. “I wanted somebody who had dealt with a legislature that had been tough to deal with — a governor, and someone who can win the election.”
The Tennessee presidential primary is less than two months away, but Duncan and Roe are the only East Tennesseans in Congress who have publicly pledged their support for one of their party’s candidates.
“I learned a long time ago that people didn’t elect me to tell them how to vote, and we’re learning enough about the candidates that Tennesseans can make up their own minds,” said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

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