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Romney picks up Idaho leaders’ support, holds private Boise fundraiser

GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is zipping through Boise this morning for a campaign fundraiser breakfast, but the event is closed to the press and his campaign won't talk about it. “It's a private fundraiser,” said campaign spokesman Ryan Williams. “We don't discuss our fundraising. He's just going to be in town briefly.” Romney also has another brief stop scheduled today in Idaho Falls, and then he's off to Colorado this afternoon for another fundraiser. “It's a private event,  but we will be back for public events over the next few months,” Williams said. “We have strong support in Idaho, and we will be back.”

This morning, Romney announced his “Idaho statewide steering committee” for his presidential bid, and it includes many of the top names in Idaho Republican politics, with Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch as co-chairmen. Others on the committee: 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, state schools Supt. Tom Luna, state Controller Donna Jones, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, House Speaker Lawerence Denney; Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis and Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, and House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke and caucus chairman Ken Roberts.

In a news release, Romney said, “I am proud to have the support of so many Idaho leaders. They will help spread my message to Idaho voters of creating jobs, balancing our budget, and reversing President Obama's failed policies.” Risch said, “We need a president with experience creating jobs – Mitt Romney has that experience.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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