Romney beefs up Iowa leadership team – with two Pawlenty supporters

Two Iowa Republicans who backed Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty have moved over to endorse Massachusetts’ Mitt Romney.

Chad Airhart

Chad Airhart, the recorder in Dallas County, and Linda Miller, a state representative from Bettendorf, are now on Romney’s Iowa Leadership Team, his campaign staff said this morning.

Pawlenty, a former governor of Minnesota, dropped out of the race the day after the Iowa Straw Poll in the wake of a worse-than-expected finish. He claimed a distant third place behind fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann and Texas’s Ron Paul.

Linda Miller

In a written statement, Miller said: “Mitt Romney is the candidate we need to put this country back on the right track.

“As governor, he balanced the budget and created jobs without raising taxes. He knows what is needed to get the economy moving again and has the private sector and government experience to do just that.”

Miller and Airhart were both on Pawlenty’s Iowa steering committee.

Two other Iowans are also joining the Romney team: Kristin Moran of Sioux City and Jacqui Norman of Ames, according to the campaign.

See the article at the Des Moines Register here: