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Skelos endorses Mitt Romney for president


Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.
Mr. Skelos, the state's most powerful Republican elected official, gave Mr. Romney the nod in a news release today.
“Mitt Romney’s priorities are our priorities - - getting the economy moving again and creating jobs," Mr. Skelos said.
The endorsement is little surprise when you look at a few biographical facts — Mr. Romney was a moderate Republican governor in a liberal state.
Mr. Romney has also made some noise about campaigning in New York, specifically Northern New York, now that the state will split up its delegates proportionally and not winner-take-all.
I spoke with state Sen. Patty Ritchie, a Republican of Heuvelton, about whom she would support. She said she still hasn't made up her mind.
"I’m looking for somebody who knows how to create jobs and is going to be a smaller part of government in people’s lives, as opposed to" what's going on in the current administration, Mrs. Ritchie told me.
I also asked her whether she'd consider supporting Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to whom she readily and profusely gives kudos. Joanie Mahoney, the Republican Onondaga County executive, has endorsed Mr. Cuomo. Mrs. Ritchie said that in 2014, she'll probably support the Republican nominee.
"I have to admit, I’ve been pretty impressed with the job the governor has done. We’ve worked well together, he’s worked across party lines," she said. "I think that’s a long way off. So it’s certainly not going to be for this election coming up."
Sometimes, party ties really do bind. Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Theresa, who has been more critical of Mr. Cuomo on his budget and on his lack of support for the millionaires' tax than her Republican colleagues, said she'd probably back Mr. Cuomo in 2014.
Of course, this is all very premature and sort of irrelevant to our day-to-day lives, but all of inside baseball is, after all.

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