Illinois Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno arrives for a fundraiser organized by State Treasurer Dan Rutherford at Saputos Italian Restaurant in Springfield Monday March 5, 2012.
(Nancy Stone / March 5, 2012)
Illinois Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno was so enthused today in her endorsement of Mitt Romney for president that she flubbed his name.
The lawmaker from Lemont was on a conference call to announce that she and a half-dozen state senators were backing the former Massachusetts governor ahead of the March 20 Illinois presidential primary.
“We’ve got quite a range of geographic support for Gov. Mitt, Mittney,” she said.
Among those also backing Romney were state Sens. David Luechtefeld of Okawville, John Milner of Carol Stream, Sue Rezin of Morris, Dale Righter of Charleston and Pam Althoff of McHenry.
Rutherford and former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Plano are to embark tomorrow on a Downstate fly-around to promote the Romney delegate slate of 54 candidates running from among 18 congressional districts.
But Rutherford and Romney aides said there were no plans at present to have the former Massachusetts governor visit Illinois earlier than scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, primary day, next week.
That’s despite a recent Tribune poll that showed Romney with a slight edge over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 35 percent to 31 percent, within the survey’s 4 percentage point margin of error.
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