Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a potential Republican candidate for president, is lining up support in Alabama.
In a statement, Romney appointed State Treasurer Kay Ivey to serve as state chair of his exploratory committee. Ivey, a 62-year-old veteran of statehouse politics, will be sworn in Monday for her second term as state treasurer. She said Romney is a true conservative and she is impressed by his record of making government more responsive to the people. Romney was active in Alabama's campaigns last year, with his political action committee making more than 143-thousand dollars in contributions to candidates and political organizations.
Alabama has moved up its 2008 presidential preference primary from June to February, which means the state is seeing more presidential activity than in past years. Romney is scheduled to speak to the State Republican Executive Committee on February 9th in Montgomery.