Romney endorses former staffer
© Greg Nash

GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney is backing Elise Stefanik (R), a former campaign staffer, in her bid for an upstate New York House seat.

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"After working with Elise, I know she will make the 21st District proud and she will deliver results," Romney said in a statement released by Stefanik's campaign. "Elise understands the needs of small businesses and how to grow the local economy. She is a person of integrity. Every campaign is different, but values don't change."

Stefanik, 29, worked in the Bush administration before working on Romney's campaign, helping Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) prep for his debate against Vice President Biden.

She's facing off against Matt Doheny (R) in the GOP primary for retiring Rep. Bill Owens's (D-N.Y.) swing seat.