DENVER–Colorado Rockies star Todd Helton announced Tuesday that he’s joining the team of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
For those keeping score, that makes two Colorado sports icons now in the Romney camp. Denver Broncos legend John Elway threw his support to the Republican presidential ticket a month ago.
Helton, the heralded Colorado Rockies first baseman, was spotted at a Romney event three weeks ago, but he made it official Tuesday when the campaign released a statement a few hours before the rally at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
“Today, I am proud to announce my support for Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States,” said Helton. “These two leaders possess the strength, the courage, and most importantly, the experience to bring about a real recovery. I know the Romney-Ryan ticket brings a unique understanding of how to turn this economy around and get Americans back to work.”
Helton, a five-time MLB All-Star who lives in Brighton with his wife and two daughters, also introduced country singer Rodney Atkins at the Red Rocks event. Later, Romney gave Helton a shout-out during his speech, saying it was “great to see him.”
“Todd Helton is a true winner, and I’m proud to have him on my team,” said Romney in a statement.
With Elway and Helton on the Romney bandwagon, the question now becomes: Can Peyton Manning be far behind? Manning and Helton are old friends from their days together on the University of Tennessee football team, while Manning and Elway share a bond as the high-profile members of the Denver Broncos organization.
Manning has donated $14,500 to Republican candidates since 2004, including President George W. Bush and former Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson, according to Newsmeat.com.