Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for president over Mitt Romney, in an apparent case of political payback.
In 2002, Swift, who had taken over as governor when Paul Cellucci left to become ambassador to Canada, was preparing a run for a full term. But with sagging poll numbers and lagging fundraising, Romney big-footed her out of the race, even though he had said that Swift should run because she was the Republican party's "standard bearer".
In a statement provided by McCain's presidential exploratory committee, Swift called McCain a "principled leader" with "unwavering determination," the last phrase a possible dig at Romney's shifting views on social issues.
Prior to Governor Deval Patrick's swearing-in last month, Massachusetts had four consecutive Republican governors, including Romney. But only one -- William Weld -- has endorsed Romney. Cellucci recently said he was supporting former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.