RNC Meeting in Tampa, FL: Only Campaign Represented? Mitt Romney


The Republican National Committee has landed in Tampa, Florida this week for their three-day summer meeting (site of the RNC convention next year). Officials continue to organize and are scoping out convention venues.

Guess who is the only GOP presidential candidate to send representatives there?

You know it.

Mitt Romney.

WashingtonPost.com August 4, 2011

TAMPA — Mitt Romney has dispatched three senior campaign officials to hold strategy briefings with Republican National Committee members at the RNC’s summer meeting here, as Romney tries to consolidate the party establishment around his 2012 candidacy.

No other Republican presidential candidate has a presence at the four-day meeting, according to multiple RNC members. Romney’s team arrived in Tampa — which will host the 2012 Republican National Convention — to present the case for his candidacy to the RNC’s 168 state party chairmen and other committee members, the vast majority of whom are unaligned in the presidential contest.

Romney campaign roster announcing campaign briefing at the RNC summer meeting in Tampa, Florida. 8/4/11 (click on photo to enlarge)

Romney’s deputy campaign manager, political director and communications director will outline Romney’s strategy in the early voting states, the campaign’s fall timetable, and provide a briefing on the status of the race at a closed-door meeting here Friday.

The campaign plans to distribute maps of the country, color-coded based on the early states, so-called “momentum” states that follow, and the Super Tuesday states. It will brief RNC members on the political organization Romney is building in each, according toan RNC member who attended a pre-briefing on Wednesday with Romney officials.

The campaign also will give RNC members a packet featuring positive press clippings and a list of endorsements Romney has received in various states — an apparent effort to show that many in the GOP hierarchy are consolidating around Romney.

“The Romney campaign’s been the only one I’m aware of doing briefings like this, setting up organizations in all 50 states,” said Saul Anuzis, an RNC member from Michigan.

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Smart, smart, smart!

More RNC news coming out of Tampa…

August 4, 2011 – RNC rejects tough sanctions on primary calendar

TAMPA, Fla. (WACH, AP) — The Republican National Committee has rejected a plan to impose tougher sanctions on states that jump ahead in the presidential primary calendar.

The measure would have stripped VIP passes and desirable hotel accommodations from states like Arizona and Florida, which are considering late January primary elections. That’s a violation of RNC rules, and some Republicans say it could cause chaos.

But the RNC Rules Committee voted Thursday to postpone action on new sanctions until next year.

Republicans from states like New Hampshire and South Carolina called out Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer by name Thursday, pushing her state to wait its turn. Any significant change, they say, could force their states to move primaries to December or January.
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Arizona Republicans say an earlier primary would highlight issues important to Western voters.



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6 Responses to RNC Meeting in Tampa, FL: Only Campaign Represented? Mitt Romney

  1. colleen says:

    Not only first in line, first in campaign preparation: Mitt, the real community/state organizer.

  2. stuntman says:

    First in electibility!

  3. KATHYE says:

    Way to go mitt….our next POTUS

  4. Mark says:

    Mitt Romney, a candidate with actual executive experience of, for example, creating a budget.

  5. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Cheers to Team Romney; they plan and execute!

    Their top-to-bottom dedication is very admirable.

    What a difference in the Rumpsman camp… It’s “rife with dysfunction and internal squabbles.”

  6. Bill says:

    I’m less impressed with the primary campaign strategy than I am by his work in swing states that won’t be voting early. He already has a ground game in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. If he continues to do well in those states, he brings us much closer to winning the presidency.

    As much as the GOP needs to hold Arizona and Florida, something needs to be done to make those states wait their turn in the nominating process. Long primaries are good for the country and really good for the candidates who go through them. Obama had a much longer fight against Hillary Clinton than McCain had, and he came out of that race stronger. Generally, candidates with harder paths to the nomination do better.