LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn has thrown his support behind the presidential bid of former Massachusetts Gov.
Mitt Romney, the campaign said Sunday.
Guinn, a popular, moderate Republican who left office in
December, will lead Romney's Nevada finance steering committee,
along with Barbara Vucanovich, a former congresswoman from northern
"I am honored to have the support of some the most influential
and talented leaders in Nevada," Romney said in a statement
announcing the committee. "I know this team will help make sure
every person in Nevada knows my vision for a safer, stronger, and
more prosperous future for our country."
Romney is scheduled to raise money in Las Vegas on Monday.
Guinn topped the list of prominent Nevadans tapped to help the
former governor reach out to Nevada donors. Guinn and Romney
working closely together at the Republican Governors Association,
where they served as chair and vice chair, respectively, in 2005.
The committee also includes southern Nevada developer Jay
Bingham, Clark County Commissioner Chip Maxfield, North Las Vegas
Mayor Mike Montandon, publishing entrepreneur and former U.S.
Government Printer Bruce James and attorney Stan Parry, the
Romney's private fundraiser Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel is
his first visit to the state since Nevada Republicans moved their
presidential caucus six weeks earlier in an attempt to lure
He is not scheduled to make any public appearances.
His rivals for the Republican nomination both have put Nevada on
their schedules recently. Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
campaigned in Reno on Saturday. Arizona Sen. John McCain is
scheduled to speak at a Lincoln Day dinner in Las Vegas next month.
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