Roby, others, pledge to support Romney

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Within hours of Rick Santorum’s suspension of his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, four of Alabama’s seven members of the House of Representatives had pledged their support for frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Alabama Representatives Spencer Bachus, Jo Bonner, Mo Brooks and Martha Roby, all Republicans, pledged their support to Romney. Romney has previously been attacked by the most conservative members of his own party for his moderate record as governor of Massachusetts, his lack of set-the-woods-on-fire culture-warring, his fingerprints on health-care reform that inspired Obamacare, and his Mormon faith.

Santorum spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon in Gettysburg, Pa, recounting tales of the people he has gotten to know in the campaign.

“Thank God for what you’ve given not just me and to our family,” he said. “But you’ve given a voice in many cases to those who are voiceless.”

Santorum opened by thanking people for their prayers for his youngest daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized on Friday and released Monday night.

Santorum had suspended campaigning at least three times since last year because of the health of his youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18.

Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 18th chromosome. There is a low rate of survival with the genetic disorder, and Santorum has often talked about how 3-year-old Bella was not expected to live past her first birthday.