Bass Pro Shops founder and conservationist Johnny Morris is among the co-chairs of the new Sportsmen for Romney coalition.
He is joined by Wade Boggs, Hall of Fame baseball player; Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing; Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and game show host; Melissa Simpson, Safari Club International; and Kimberly Rhode, five-time Olympic medalist.
Additionally the National Advisory Board for the coalition reads like a "who's who" of the outdoors. It includes Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S.; Leigh Perkins, CEO of Orvis; Roland Martin, host of Fishing with Roland Martin; Bill Horn of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance; Jack Lawton, Jr., of the Center for Coastal Conservation, and many others.
“I am grateful to have the support of so many great Americans who have chosen to be a part of Sportsmen for Romney,” said Mitt Romney. “The wealth of this nation is not only in our industries and our businesses. We are blessed with great natural beauty as well.
“It is the sportsmen and women of America who keep safe that natural wealth for this generation and many more to come. Hunters, fishermen, sports-shooters, and outdoors enthusiasts not only create millions of jobs and pump billions of dollars into our economy, they stand on the forefront of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting the natural wonder of our nation.
"If I am fortunate enough to become president, they will have a friend in the White House.”
“Everyone knows that Mitt Romney is a world class businessman who knows how to create the jobs we need in this country,” said conservationist Rob Keck. “What many people do not know is that Governor Romney is also committed to conservation and understands the role that hunters and sportsmen and women play in conservation.
“He won’t let the federal government continue to place limits on this critical sector of our economy, and he will restore the prosperity that allows so many Americans to enjoy the natural wonders of our country. I am proud to give him my support.”