McCain, Romney Back Astorino In Governor’s Race

ALBANY (AP) -
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday endorses Rob Astorino at Grand Central Station. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday endorses Rob Astorino at Grand Central Station. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Former Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney gave Rob Astorino some help in his bid to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Romney wrote a recent fund-raising appeal for Astorino in which the former Massachusetts governor calls Cuomo “a typical corrupt New York politician.”

Romney also criticizes New York’s high taxes and business climate and notes Astorino was twice elected county executive in heavily Democratic Westchester County.

Other prominent Republicans backing Astorino include Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Jindal on Thursday showed up in New York City to personally endorse Astorino, saying he is “going to be a great governor,” whether it’s dealing with the failing economy, failing schools, taxes or Ebola.

Meanwhile, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he won’t help Astorino in his role as chair of the Republican Governors Association since he is a “lost cause,” a former governor is lending some help. Former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman penned a fundraising email sent Wednesday morning in support of Astorino. She says Astorino can win the election, despite trailing in the polls.