Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continued his streak of endorsement collections this morning, scooping up the backing of a Senator, a Member of Congress and former Speaker Dennis Hastert for his presidential bid.
The Republican, who continues to be the national frontrunner, announced endorsements from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)
"During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes," Hastert said in a statement. "Mitt Romney stands up for these principles. President Obama has failed to get millions of unemployed Americans back to work. From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy. At this critical moment, our country needs his leadership in the White House."
The Members' support and Hastert's blessing comes after Romney on Tuesday earned a nod from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a former Member of House GOP leadership, is in charge of Romney's efforts to win support from Members.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.