Romney, Florida Beach, Flag Football: Staffers & Reporters – Game On!

Mitt Romney leads the cheer in a football huddle with debate prep coach Sen. Rob Portman and Senior Staff members. Members of Romney’s Traveling Press Corps formed the opposing team.
Delray Beach, Florida – Oct 21, 2012 (screen shot)

Senior Staffers vs Traveling Press Corps

Taking a quick break from presidential debate preparations, Mitt Romney today donned a t-shirt and shorts to cheer on a bit of friendly beach brouhaha. Spirits were high and Secret Service personnel dotted the beach as reporters, who cover Romney on the campaign trail, and senior staffers were getting set to kick up some sand in a game of flag football on Florida’s beautiful Delray Beach.

“Let’s see; look at the captain. Gail’s a captain, is that right? Got a bracelet for you. This is a “Clear eyes, full heart, America can’t lose, all right?” Romney said to Gail Gitcho, his communications adviser.

“Ashley’s a captain. There ya go, look at that,” Romney said to The New York Times Ashley Parker.

“There ya go; shake hands, shake hands,” Romney told Gitcho and Parker.

Gitcho and Parker shook hands, and then Romney asked Parker if she was going to call the flip in the air.

“You’re going to call it really? You want it to hit the ground?” he asked her.

“You can catch if you want,” Parker said.

Romney decided to throw it up and let it drop. Parker called tails, and after searching for the coin in the sand, Gitcho found it and announced that it was tails.

“Tails it is! That’s the last call you guys are getting,” Romney good-heartedly declared.

Before the game started, Romney looked over his team and and jocularly added “Where’s Chris Christie when we need him? He’s our line.”

Romney, who regularly plays football with his family, watched the first play of the game. Then, with less than 48 hours to go until the third and final debate showdown with Obama, headed off to get back to prepping.

Guess who showed up during the course of the game? Mom-to-five-boys Ann Romney. She got in the mix and threw the touchdown that tied the game! Atta girl!

Final score? 14 to 14.

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48 Political Hours: Romney Reaping Rewards From Settled Field

Palin – OUT.

Christie – OUT.

In just 48 hours, the GOP primary race has dramatically changed.

For Mitt Romney, rockets are taking off:

Many activists, donors, and bundlers are now backing The Gov.

Romney Signing Up Leading Republican Donors

By Nicholas Confessore
October 6, 2011

With the Republican presidential lineup largely settled and little prospect of new candidates entering the race, some of the Republican Party’s leading donors and activists have begun to come off the sidelines.

News and analysis on campaign fund-raising.

Many of them are picking Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who has avidly courted Wall Street. In the last 48 hours Mr. Romney has personally called some of the party’s top uncommitted donors and “bundlers” to persuade them to join his team, focusing on those who had held out hope for a White House bid by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

One of Mr. Romney’s latest and most high-profile recruits is James B. Lee Jr., vice chairman of the JPMorgan Chase and a Christie fan, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. Lee’s discussions with the Romney campaign. Mr. Lee raised over $500,000 for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and has been among the most sought-after Republican donors in the country.

Mr. Lee joins two other JPMorgan executives on Mr. Romney’s finance team: Frank J. Bisignano, the firm’s chief admimistrative officer and head of mortgage banking, who will host a December event in New York for Mr. Romney with other JP Morgan executives; and Mary Callahan Erdoes, the head of JPMorgan Chase’s asset management unit, those people said.

Mr. Romney has also picked up the support of two financiers who once supported President Obama: Daniel S. Loeb and Clifford S. Asness, both of them prominent and outspoken hedge fund managers who have emerged in recent months with sharp criticism of the president and his fiscal or regulatory policies. (Mr. Loeb was among Mr. Obama’s bundler corps in 2008.)

Another top recruit is Paul Singer, a hedge fund billionaire who is one of the Republican Party’s most sought-after donors and supporters.

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Yesterday, within hours of learning Christie definitely was not running for president, Home Depot co-founder and billionaire Ken Langone also backed Romney.

Off we go!

► Jayde Wyatt