SAN DIEGO – If anyone recognizes the talents and skills needed to turn around a state in crisis, it’s Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor believes Meg Whitman is the only leader who “has the ability to get California working again.”
He sees in her similar leadership and problem solving qualities that he relied on to address the Massachusetts economic downturn earlier this decade, taking on entrenched interests and erasing a large deficit.
And he knows firsthand that Meg is well prepared for the job in California. He worked with Meg for nearly a decade in the private sector.
As Meg’s mentor at the private consulting firm Bain & Company, Romney recalled that Meg helped clients – which included global corporations – strategize and manage their complex businesses. She never shied away from the tough jobs and always delivered results.
“What I found was Meg had the ability to take on very difficult assignments, to cut through all the baloney and to focus on exactly the issues that really would make a difference and would help a particular enterprise find success,” Romney said.
Romney has been a valuable confidant and visible supporter of Meg’s since she first hit the campaign trail in February. He’s attended events, helped with fundraising, emailed his supporters and met with key grassroots and elected leaders – all on behalf of Meg.
At events, he cites her proven track record of growing businesses and inspiring employees, and he believes Meg is running for the state’s top job because she has a natural desire to make things better.
Her business career serves as the perfect background for a prospective governor, he often tells crowds.
At Bain, she often was on the hot seat, demonstrating strong leadership and focus to guide the future of troubled enterprises. Those attributes, Romney added, are exactly what California needs in its next governor.
“She had to make the right decisions because wrong decisions meant bankruptcy, loss of jobs and a dramatic departure from the objectives and goals the company had.”
At a friendly breakfast meeting in Palo Alto, Romney confided in his longtime friend his plans to run for president in the 2008 election and asked her to join his campaign. Before long, she was a national co-chair and traveling across the country on his behalf.
At an event in San Diego last week, Romney told a gathering of GOP faithful that is he is very concerned about what’s happening today in California. He believes Meg is the one to put the state back on the right path. Romney has good reason to care about California – he has children and grandchildren who call California home and he spends a lot of time here.
“She has the skills to lead, she’s intelligent, she’s extraordinarily hard-working and she’s in this for the right reasons,” he said. “She’s in this race to get California in a position where it can once again create jobs for its citizens, balance the checkbook and allow the people of California to have a bright and prosperous future.”