Floodgates Open: Support for Romney from Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Alaska


Floodgates of support are really opening now for Mitt Romney…

Today, social and fiscal conservative Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn penned a strong op-ed supporting Romney. GOP Representatives (32 of them!) in Massachusetts and Alaska Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell also issued well-muscled letters of support. Eric Cantor also stepped up to the plate for Romney.

It’s clear.

They all believe Romney’s years of private sector work and leadership skills seal the deal. Unquestionably, they feel Romney is ready to be wrapped in the presidential mantle.

UPDATE - Add former First Lady Barbara Bush’s name to the list. She recorded a robo call message for Mitt that is playing throughout Vermont:

Senator Coburn:

I’m proud to support Romney because he is a leader. What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington. Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses.”

Mitt Romney Best Equipped To Solve Problems Facing Our Nation
By Sen. Tom Coburn
The Oklahoman
March 4, 2012

Sen Tom Coburn

America faces the greatest challenges of any in my lifetime. Our debt is now the size of our entire economy. If we don’t change course in the near future, we will face an economic catastrophe far worse than our recent recession.

At the same time, we’re facing a crisis of leadership in Washington. The problems and solutions are widely understood — and far from impossible to implement — yet our so-called leaders have shown little interest in solving problems. President Obama campaigned as a transformational leader, yet he has rejected transformational solutions such as the Simpson-Bowles plan that gave Washington a framework for averting a debt crisis.

Elections are about choices. This November, the most important choice facing the American people will be whether we will demand a solution and avert a debt crisis or whether we will continue to accept the status quo and hope for the best. I’m confident the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle want a solution. The next choice, then, is deciding who is best qualified to enact a solution.

In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect and often difficult. But it is critically important to make a choice and support the person who is best equipped to solve the urgent problems before us. In my view, that person is Mitt Romney.

From my experience, Washington tends to be divided between two groups — leaders and career politicians. Leaders tend to have a wealth of real-world experience outside of politics and are in office to give rather than take something from their position. Career politicians, on the other hand, mean well but are ill-equipped to solve problems. Their greatest skill is getting re-elected.

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From Romney’s Press Office – MA Republican Reps (32 signatures!):

If Mitt gets to the White House and has a chance to do for the country what he did for Massachusetts, we will see a turnaround in this country unlike any we have seen before.

Massachusetts Republican Representatives Stand with Mitt

Click on map to enlarge.

Over the course of this election season, we members of the Massachusetts Republican Legislative Caucus, have watched and listened as our former Governor’s record has been scrutinized by his rivals and by the national media. Now it is our turn to speak.

Republicans in Massachusetts never had a stronger leader, a greater defender, or a better friend in the State House than Mitt Romney.

Let’s start with the economy. When Mitt was elected Governor, Massachusetts was on the verge of financial disaster. Workers across the state were being laid off at the rate of thousands a month.

Our state budget was bleeding red ink, and Democratic politicians were proclaiming that only tax increases could fill the gap. Raising taxes, of course, was not Governor Romney’s way. Quite the opposite. With the same energy and intelligence he brings to every challenge he faces, he brought efficiency to our state government. He streamlined our budget and cut unneeded programs.

Without raising taxes—indeed, he cut taxes nineteen times—he balanced the budget every year of his term. By the end of four years, he had turned a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy-day fund. With the state government’s finances in order, the economy picked up steam. Unemployment at the end of Mitt’s term was 4.7 percent, a rate the state envies now.

But the economy was not the only realm where Mitt was a leader. He cracked down on illegal immigration by vetoing an in-state tuition bill and by authorizing state troopers to detain people who had entered the country illegally. When Democrats caved to the teachers unions and sought to impose a one-year moratorium on publicly-funded charter schools, Mitt successfully turned back their efforts.

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Pledge to VOTE for Mitt on Super Tuesday

MittRomney.com has set up a way for voters in all 10 of the Super Tuesday states to pledge that they will vote for Mitt on Tuesday. Send these links to voters in their respective states.

Oklahoma: http://mittromney.com/forms/oklahoma-pledge-vote

Tennessee: http://mittromney.com/forms/tennessee-pledge-vote

Virginia: http://mittromney.com/forms/virginia-pledge-vote

Vermont: http://mittromney.com/forms/vermont-pledge-vote

Alaska: http://mittromney.com/forms/alaska-pledge-vote-mitt

Idaho: http://mittromney.com/forms/idaho-pledge-caucus-mitt

Massachusetts: http://mittromney.com/forms/massachusetts-pledge-vote

North Dakota: http://mittromney.com/forms/north-dakota-pledge-caucus-mitt

Georgia: http://mittromney.com/forms/georgia-pledge-vote

Ohio: http://mittromney.com/forms/ohio-pledge-vote

Did Mitt just get another endorsement? (more…)

Why Settle for the JV Second String (Santorum or Gingrich) when You Can “Have The Varsity League MVP for Eight Years?”

Note: Following is an opinion piece written by a good friend who happens to also be a colleague of my son’s. Leland Bruce is an expatriate currently residing in the nation of Chile (see facts he quotes below contrary to Herman Cain’s assertions of his “999″ plan). Leland also supported Governor Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign — See Leland’s brief bio at the end of his Op-Ed.

[See the latest of Michael Ramirez's brilliant political cartoons at the end of this post]

By Leland Bruce

I admit it. I am frustrated. However, unlike many of the self-proclaimed conservatives that make up the GOP base, I am not frustrated with the “weak field of Republican candidates” as FOX News would have me believe or the lack of “stance on issues” that the GOP base continues to air on left leaning media outlets or the constant mantra “I don’t know what he believes in” that talking head street conservatives encountered by CNN will spout out at a moment’s notice.

Leland Bruce


No, I am not frustrated with the horrible media coverage that constantly berates, injures, typifies, castigates, and bemoans the field of Republican candidates (including and most importantly FOX News) because after all, it’s expected. In summation, it’s not all of those frustrations that bother and annoy me, get under my skin, drive me crazy or cause me to scratch my head in disbelief.

No, what frustrates me is that the United States of America finally has a candidate who is one of the most prolific chief executive officers in the history of the world, who actually wants to run our country for love of freedom and democracy, who actually has a vision for the future of America and how to rebuild our superpower status, and the media has led the public to be more interested in selling subscriptions to Occupy Wall Street.

Really?

In my world, I believe that “markets” are great predictors of the future. “Smart” money is usually tracking winners and as you all know, the house always wins. Herein lays my confusion. (more…)

They Worked With Gingrich: Coburn & Molinari “NO to Newt!”

Two Republican legislators who served with Newt Gingrich in congress are speaking their minds…

NO to Newt!

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was interviewed by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday yesterday. At the end of the interview Coburn revealed that he would have difficulty supporting Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee – due to his experience serving in the House while Gingrich was Speaker.

Senator Coburn’s remarks on Gingrich begin @10:17:

I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s having served under him for four years and experienced his leadership. Because I found it lacking often times.”

“There’s all kind of leaders, leaders that instill confidence and leaders that are somewhat abrupt, leaders that have one standard for the people that they are leading and a different standard for themselves.”

“I will have difficulty supporting him for president of the United States.”

Jonathan Adler from the National Review adds this:

Many who worked with or within the Republican Congressional majority during Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker feel much the same way. Senator Coburn is just the first to say what many have been thinking.



Fmr NY Congressman and fmr Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari: “God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president.” Dec 3, 2011



Guy Molinari, a former NY Congressman who also served with Speaker Gingrich, is on record saying: “Newt is evil. This guy is an evil person.” (Echoes of S.E. Cupp’s take on Gingrich, as well… She described him as “kind of a terrible person.”)

The thought that this man could be president of the United States is appalling,” said Molinari, whose enmity for Gingrich goes back to their days in the House together. “He’s got all kinds of baggage.”

Molinari claims that Gingrich bumped him from his slot as ranking Republican on the Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the Public Works and Transportation Committee even though there was a written agreement not to do so.

This guy is evil,” Molinari said. “He’s an evil person.”

Molinari said that Gingrich’s double-cross “ended my career” in the House and led to him running for borough president in 1989.

Molinari, who endorsed Romney and heads his team in New York, on Dec 3rd further declared: Not Newt, not ever!

Guy Molinari, the Republican power broker and former Staten Island Beep, ripped Newt Gingrich as unfit to be president yesterday — a day before the front- running GOP candidate was set to attend a Tea Party rally in the borough.
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But Molinari, who served with Gingrich in Congress and supports Mitt Romney, rained on the former House speaker’s parade.

God help us if Newt Gingrich is elected president. I won’t vote for him. I love my country too much,” Molinari said.

Molinari, head of New Yorkers for Romney, said he had found Gingrich to be untrustworthy.

He said that Gingrich, as House GOP leader, broke his word and bumped him from a committee assignment.

It happened to so many others. How do you trust a guy like that? What kind of trust would he get from other parts of the world?” Molinari said.

(emphasis added)

Delve into Gingrich’s baggage here.

Note: On October 8, 2011, Molinari also condemned Rick Perry’s attempt to introduce religious bigotry into the GOP race.

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Watch the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Mitt Romney Song below the fold. (more…)

Oklahoma Leaders, Incl Fmr OK Gov Frank Keating, Endorse Romney

Former Gov of Oklahoma Frank Keating, along with 13 other OK leaders, have endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 25, 2011


Coming on the heels of his visit last Friday to The Sooner State, 14 Oklahoma leaders have endorsed Mitt Romney:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of leaders from Oklahoma.

I am proud to have the support of these important leaders in Oklahoma,” said Mitt Romney. “We will partner together to bring a message of job creation and economic recovery to every American.”

Announcing his support, former Governor Frank Keating said, “Mitt Romney is the candidate who has a solid plan to get Americans working again, and a track record to go with it. He spent 25 years in the private sector turning around failing businesses and creating jobs. While Governor, he balanced the budget every year without raising taxes and left in place a $2 billion rainy day fund. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”

(emphasis added )

Oklahoma Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Former Governor Frank Keating
• State Treasurer Ken Miller
• State Auditor Gary Jones
• State Senator Brian Crain
• State Representative Paul Wesselhoft
• State Representative Guy Liebmann
• State Representative Lee Denney
• State Representative Dan Sullivan
Francis Rooney, Former Ambassador
Jim Dunlap, Former Senate Floor Leader
Thad Balkman, Former State Representative
Lynn Windel, Former RNC National Committeeman
Ryan Leonard, Former Republican Candidate for Attorney General
Dan Keating

Thank you, Oklahoma!

Last Friday, Governor Romney spoke to supporters at the Jim Thorpe Association and Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Here’s a look:



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