PRESS RELEASE from Romney for President


CONTACT: Romney Press Office

January 17, 2012

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Baker. Baker will serve as a Senior Adviser on Urban Policy for the National Campaign. 
“Rick Baker has been a successful mayor and a strong advocate for fiscally conservative principles,” said Mitt Romney. “Rick understands that in order to turn around our economy and create jobs we need to cut government regulations, reduce spending and lower taxes. I am proud to have his support and gratified that he has decided to join my campaign to undo the damage caused by President Obama’s reckless fiscal policies.”
Announcing his support, former Mayor Baker said, “Mitt Romney is the strongest Republican candidate and he is the only person capable of defeating Barack Obama in 2012. Mitt Romney has the experience, the vision and the commitment to conservative values that our Republican nominee will need to draw bold contrasts with the President’s failed, big government agenda. It is an honor to join his team and I look forward to working to ensure that he is elected the next President of the United States.”
Background On Former Mayor Rick Baker:
Mayor Baker, a nationally recognized urban leader, was named America’s 2008 Mayor/Public Official of the year by Governing Magazine and, in 2011, was noted as “America’s Greatest Mayor of the Decade” by Senior Political Columnist John Avlon in Newsweek Magazine/The Daily Beast.  First elected in 2001, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker was re-elected by an unprecedented 70 percent margin in 2005, carrying every precinct in the city. He led the city through an historic renaissance. Baker chaired Governor Jeb Bush’s Municipal Mentoring Initiative and presently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute Center for State and Local Leadership. His 2011 book “A Seamless City” describes city leadership and a conservative approach to urban revitalization in America.