Mitt and Ann Romney’s love for the people of The Granite State is very evident by their choice to live in Wolfeboro, NH, near the shores of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s the place where many of their family memories are made; summer get-togethers include their large family of five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 16 grandchildren. Governor Romney has stated that he will always keep his home in beloved New Hampshire.
Last fall, just days before New Hampshire’s primary election, their neighbors – Seacoast Republican Women – invited Governor Romney to give the keynote speech at their annual Chili Fest fundraiser.
That speech was given at Scamman Farms, in rural Stratham, NH.
Those 300 acres of farmland, representing the hard work and ingenuity that Romney admires, is the site where, on Thursday June 2nd, he will formally announce his candidacy for President of the United States.
STRATHAM, N.H. — With the American flag flying, and the well-tended lilac trees at their most fragrant, Doug Scamman spent most of yesterday mowing the rolling hayfield outside of his 250-year-old farmhouse.
In just a few days, that field will be a packed parking lot. The Civil War-era barn, where five pigs and nine hens live, could become a media staging area, Scamman said, with what looked like a twinkle in his eye.
Because Thursday, Bittersweet Farm, and its 300 lush green acres, will be at the white-hot center of the American political universe.
Here, somewhere between the chicken coop, the tractors and the hay bales, Republican Mitt Romney will launch his second presidential bid.
“It’s an honor,” said Scamman, a longtime Republican state legislator who served two terms as New Hampshire’s House speaker, and spent a few years as the state’s budget director. With land that stretches down to the Exeter River, “We have a great place to have big events, and it has very easy access,” he said.The Scammans, both 69 and grandparents of five, said they decided to invite Romney to the farm after he stopped by their annual chili fest in September. Thursday’s campaign kickoff is free, but space is limited to people with tickets.
Both Scammans said they won’t need to be swayed by Romney’s speech. They’re already Romney supporters, through and through.
“He has created jobs, and the one thing we need in this economy is jobs,” said Doug Scamman.
“He’s got the background,” Stella Scamman added. “He has government experience, nonprofit work and business experience.”
A barbecue luncheon will also be part of the festivities at Gov Romney’s campaign kick-off.
Read about the latest innovations the salt-of-the-earth Scammans have made on their farm here.
Doug and Stella Scamman embody the innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working spirit that has helped to make America so great. Their farm is the perfect backdrop for another innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working American, who will restore America’s greatness, to announce his candidacy for President of the United States!
UPDATE -Governor Romney’s campaign kick-off will be a LIVE-STREAM event. See tweet below:
Mitt Romney 2012.
► Jayde Wyatt