Sen. Collins gives nod to Mitt Romney – unofficially

It wasn’t an official endorsement, but Sen. Susan Collins said today she was a “proponent of Mitt Romney,” and so was “very pleased to see he had won” the New Hampshire GOP primary.

Collins, one of Maine’s two Republican senators, said Romney had the “skills, intelligence and temperament” to deal with the country’s economic crisis. In his former role as governor of Massachusetts, suggested Collins, Romney had to make difficult financial choices in order to balance budgets.

She said she was also impressed with the turnaround work he did on the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

“It seems anything Mitt Romney has headed has ended up being successful,” said Collins, who was visiting a downtown Portland high-tech company, and took a few minutes to speak with local media.

She said she was unhappy to see the personal attacks that grew with the political pressure in New Hampshire.

“I don’t think that’s what the American people want to see,” Collins said.

Collins said she would make an official endorsement after the South Carolina primary, set for Jan. 21.