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Allergist Connection an Endorsement for Romney

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Rep. Morgan Griffith (above) and Mitt Romney have some connections.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) might soon have an unlikely ally on the Hill conservative freshman Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) is likely to endorse his presidential candidacy.

Griffith, it turns out, has a connection to Romney via his sons allergist. Dr. Dane McBride, based in Roanoke, Va., was Romneys mission partner in France decades ago. Im constantly being reminded of what a great guy he is, Griffith recently told Roll Call.

For that reason, Griffith endorsed Romney in 2008 while serving as Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. And at McBrides request, Romney contributed early to Griffiths successful bid to unseat Rep. Rick Boucher (D).

Dane called upon the batphone and got through all the red tape and said, Send Morgan money, Griffith said.

Its only a matter of time before Griffith comes through for Romneys second bid.

I have not endorsed him yet, but theres a personal tie, he said. I dont have any problem with his religion, which some people in my district do, but I dont.

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