Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are seemingly not looking for endorsements from within the Washington, D.C. beltway this election cycle.
The Hill notes that the two campaigns are focusing their efforts on getting governor's to line up behind them instead of members of Congress.
By and large, lawmakers are not getting wooed by either the Romney or Perry campaigns.
A Republican lawmaker who requested anonymity said Romney and Gingrich’s campaigns launched aggressive efforts for congressional endorsements “months ago,” but since then, it’s been quiet.
And lawmakers who have endorsed in recent weeks have indicated they did so on their own, not at the request of campaigns.
Most of Romney’s and Perry’s supporters on Capitol Hill are rank-and-file members. Romney’s biggest gets are Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Perry has snagged Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas), House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and freshman Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), who hails from the pivotal state of South Carolina.