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Top NH Tea Party leader endorses Romney

MANCHESTER - Leading state Tea Party activist and long-time 'ax-the-tax' advocate Tom Thomson has chosen Mitt Romney as his presidential candidate.

Thomson, honorary chairman of the conservative Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire advocacy group and co-organizer of three annual April 15 Tea Party AFP-Tea Party rallies at the New Hampshire State House, endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at today at Madison Lumber Mill in West Ossipee.

A son of the anti-tax patriarch former Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr., Thomson pre-dates the Tea Party as an outspoken fiscal conservative, but in recent years has become a Tea Party leader.

'I was a Tea Party activist before it was cool,' Thomson said. 'And as a Tea Party person, I believe the best avenue to the White House is through Mitt Romney.'

Thomson has been collecting presidential candidates' signatures on his 'My Pledge to the American People,' whose goals include cutting spending, taxes, fees and regulations, reducing the national debt and cutting the size of government.

Signing the Pledge have been Romney, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer and Christopher Hill. Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson have refused, he said.

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