Mitt Romney was in Cache Valley, Utah yesterday to add cash to his campaign coffers:
Logan – [...] Organizers hoped the two receptions — one at a home in Logan’s foothills, another at the Riverwoods Reception Center — would bring in $100,000. That amount would equal half of what residents in the area gave to Romney’s 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. The official total raised at Friday’s events has yet to be released.
“If anybody knows how to do business to get jobs to help people, I say it’s Mitt Romney,” said supporter Paul Larsen. Larsen’s neighbor, Marlowe Goble, hosted the first event of the evening at his home. It was reportedly for donors contributing $2,500 each.
An estimated 60 people attended that private reception, according to one attendee, while about 160 attended the reception at the Riverwoods, which had a minimum $500 price tag to attend.
“It was my impression that it would be difficult to unseat an existing president, and I felt Mitt had a real uphill course,” Goble said. “But now, I think that unless Mr. Obama can turn things around that there’s going to be a change.”
Romney not only talks, he listens (more than a certain Martha’s Vineyard vacationer we know):
Romney addressed his supporters at the two private events, which were closed to the media, answering questions about how he would fix the economic problems facing the nation among other issues. Attendee K.C. Comadena, however, said the way Romney listened to his supporters was even more impressive than the solutions he offered.
“He listened a lot — pretty intently. … I got the impression that he understood,” he said.
Comadena’s brother, Kaden Comadena, said he is even more convinced Romney could turn the country’s economic climate around after hearing him talk about the financial crisis.
“His knowledge of the private sector… I think that’s something that a lot of Americans want to hear,” he said.
Neighbor Paul Larsen, who lives across the street from the home where the private fundraising reception was held, commented that his support for Gov Romney goes all the way back to the 1950s and 60s, when Larsen and his wife lived in Michigan:
“(George Romney was) the best governor Michigan ever had,” Larsen said. “And his son Mitt is a chip off the old block.”
The Gov’s last visit to The Beehive State (6/24/11) was at Hires Big H fast food restaurant in Salt Lake City where he held a big, FREE ‘meet & greet‘ in the parking lot.
Romney’s son Josh says his dad is aware that he is surrounded by people sacrificing for him.
“The competition has changed along the way, but my dad’s strategy has stayed the same. He’s talked about what it’s going to take to grow jobs,” he said. “It’s a lot of pressure and it’s one of those things, unfortunately in politics, that you have to deal with. It’s overwhelming the amount of support other people give to my Dad and the things they do to make the campaign go forward.”
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Mitt and Ann are back in California today and attended a private brunch in San Diego this morning.
► Jayde Wyatt