Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures while delivering remarks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
A Republican from Virginia, Jim Wilson, 70, has been following Mitt Romney around the country in a pickup truck bedecked with campaign signage-- that is, until the car caught on fire last week in Pennsylvania.
The campaign announced Wednesday that it'd be footing the cost of Wilson's new wheels, ensuring he'll continue with them on the trail. Romney will present Wilson with a $13,900 2003 Chevy Silverado at an event in Sterling, Va. Wednesday evening.
"Jim Wilson is not only a dedicated supporter, but a friend of the governor and the entire campaign staff," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We were grateful that he was unharmed in the fire and wanted to help him fulfill his commitment to return to the trail as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing him in his new truck at campaign events around the country," the statement read.
Wilson told the New York Times, that the new truck "is so clean I felt I had to take my shoes off before getting in." The truck he lost in the fire was a 1998 GMC pickup.