Romney Receives Michigan Support From MI Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, Business & Community Leaders

A summer view of the Detroit, Michigan skyline. Governor Mitt Romney received numerous endorsements from The Great Lakes State today. 9/8/11


On the day after an outstanding showing at the presidential debate, Mitt Romney has received a slate of endorsements from Michigan. MI Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, along with many others, has endorsed Romney. Richardville will also assume Co-Chair duties for the Romney campaign in MI:

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today welcomed the support of Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe), who will serve as a Co-Chair of the Romney campaign in Michigan.

Michigan will be a critical state during the Republican nomination process, as well as the General Election, and I’m honored to have Majority Leader Richardville join my team,” said Mitt Romney.

I am pleased to support Mitt Romney for president. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with Mitt specifically about Michigan and he clearly understands the challenges our state faces and his personal connections to our state will ensure that Michigan will be on his mind in the White House,” said Richardville. “Mitt’s background as a conservative businessman and successful Governor will make him a president we can count on to help Michigan get back on track.”

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, chairman of the Michigan Romney campaign, welcomed the addition of Majority Leader Richardville saying, “We are assembling a leadership team here in Michigan for Governor Romney that is second-to-none. Randy has exhibited strong leadership in the State Senate, sharing Governor Romney’s focus on jobs and the economy, and he will be a valuable asset as we win Michigan for Mitt Romney.”

In addition, the Romney campaign announced the support of the following Michigan business and community leaders:

National Finance Co-Chairmen

John Rakolta, Jr.
G. Scott Romney

Michigan Finance Co-Chairmen

David Fischer
Dan Gilbert
John Kennedy
Alan Kiriluk
Matt Kiriluk
Bob Liggett
Joe O’Connor
Bill Parfet
Edward Schwartz
Walter Schwartz
Greg Schwartz, Sr.
Robert Taubman
Edward Levy

Michigan Finance Committee Members - Southeast Michigan

Sean Cotton
John Cotton
Bill Danhof
Vince Deangelis
Kenneth Eisenberg
Phillip Fisher
David Forbes
Doug Hamburger
John Jagger
Joe Kaiser
Dean Kiriluk
Quinn Kiriluk
Curt Korneffel
Rob Mardigian
Kevin Prokop
John Rakolta III
Joe Schwartz
Gregory Schwartz, Jr.
David Trott

Michigan Finance Committee Members - West Michigan

Mike Jandernoa
Marge Byington Potter
Paul Potter
John Van Fossen
Carol Van Andel
David Van Andel
Jim Jurries
Bob Burnham

Background On Senator Majority Leader Randy Richardville:

Randy Richardville was elected to the Michigan Senate in November, 2006. Upon re-election in 2010, he was selected as Senate Majority Leader. Prior to his election to the Senate, Randy spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999-2004. He held a leadership position in the House in each of his terms.

Prior to being elected to office, Randy worked in the business community – with 20 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies.

► Jayde Wyatt

New Romney Video: Obama's Misery Index - Ryan's Story

The well-produced videos just keep coming from the Romney camp… and each one adds reality to the crisis that is the Obama economy.

This particular video hits on a theme that Governor Romney has been touching on for awhile now: Obama’s Misery Index — sort of a measurement of misery, if you will, that is found by adding the unemployment rate to the inflation rate.

The somber reality of Ryan’s story is one that is shared with millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans across this country:

We’ll need real economic leadership to pull us out of this one.

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Additional thoughts from J Wyatt:

I’m so glad Governor Romney is putting faces on Obama’s ‘bumps in the road’ by spotlighting the plight of unemployed/underemployed Americans. Mitt gets it; we need more of these videos!

I really feel for Ryan; we could all probably add stories of our own and that of many friends and acquaintances struggling to survive Obama’s miserable economy.

I have my own story and know so many others - good, decent, hard-working Americans - who have lost homes, lost jobs, home mortgages under water, working three jobs and barely making it, expenses cut to the bone, savings used-up, credit maxed out, those for whom not only is college out of the question right now - buying badly-needed new shoes are out of the question! Add the higher cost of living and inflation to the mix, volatility in the Middle East and our crippling dependence upon that region for oil, our $14.3 trillion debt, government entitlements we can no longer sustain, an out-of-control federal government, and general uncertainty about the future…

America is FED UP!

No more Obama.

We can’t afford to put another president in the White House who doesn’t have a long and successful resume of PRIVATE-SECTOR job creating experience. Saying one knows how to create jobs and actually doing it really matters now. We can’t afford another poser in the Oval Office – and that includes Republicans with thin private-sector experience. We need a president who really knows how our economy works.

We need the real deal.

We need Mitt Romney.

P.S. Do you have an Obama misery index story to tell?

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UPDATE by Jayde: What’s up with the Wall Street Journal regarding Mitt’s new Ryan’s Story video? (Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is the parent company of The Wall Street Journal and FOX News.)

WSJ Washington Wire - A Baloney Sandwich From Romney Campaign?

Eric Fehrnstrom, a long-time Romney aide and campaign spokesman, said, “He’s [Ryan] struggling right now, just like millions and millions of other Americans. The only person who apparently thinks the economy is doing well is President Obama, and no one but him believes that to be the case.”

Remember this little gem from WSJ?

To read Romney’s response to the article linked directly above click here.

Now there’s this; Greg Sargent from Washington Post:

To be clear, this isn’t to belittle the economic situation in Michigan, where unemployment tops 10%; and I’m sure [Ryan] King does have it tough. But given the tone of King’s extensive lament, and the degree to which the campaign presents his story as a neutral, apolitical hard-luck tale, it seems fair to add this additional context.

Extensive lament?

Websters dictionary: lament - 1. To mourn; to grieve; to weep or wail; to express sorrow. 2.Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a weeping.
Ryan is simply telling his story.

Degree to which the campaign presents his story as a neutral, apolitical hard-luck tale?
Just silly. I guess it makes a difference to some if the American experiencing hard economic times is a Republican.

Mitt Romney to Speak at 29th Biennial Mackinac Island Policy Conference in Michigan

Mitt Romney will be speaking at Michigan GOP’s biannual Mackinac Island Policy Conference September 23-25:

Romney, who was in Michigan on Thursday on a brief campaign tour, is the second presidential hopeful slated to address the conference. The first to confirm was former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich.

This isn’t the first time Mitt Romney has spoken at the MacKinac Island Policy Conference; he delivered a speech there in 2007.

Romney has chosen Michigan as a backdrop to give some of his most important speeches. He announced his 2008 presidential candidacy at the The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn. He unveiled his plan to repeal ObamaCare at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor. We look forward to Romney’s speech at the 2011 Mackinac Island Policy Conference in September.

With 16 electoral votes (that President Obama desperately needs to keep), Michigan is an extremely important state for Mitt Romney. Being the place of his boyhood home, Romney has a special affinity for Michiganders. He’s genuinely concerned about MI’s well-being and enjoys the time he spends there - meeting with folks and listening to their concerns. He recently toured the state and added new campaign staff to help him win that state.

During the 2010 midterm elections, Romney worked hard to help elect Republicans in Michigan; he endorsed Rick Snyder who successfully became the governor. He also initially endorsed eleven Republican candidates in that election and later to endorsed three more candidates.

As a result, it’s no surprise that Mitt Romney is quite popular in Michigan. He won the Michigan 2008 Presidential Primary and continues to be popular. In December 2010, a Public Policy Poll reported that the former Governor of Massachusetts was the only Republican candidate who could turn Michigan into a swing state during the 2012 Presidential election. In February 2011, a poll found that Obama was found to be trailing Mitt Romney in a hypothetical match up in that state. A month later, a Public Policy Poll found that Mitt Romney continued to be a threat to President Obama in Michigan.

Michigan has no better friend and supporter than Mitt Romney. President Obama will have a hard time competing in that state if he goes head to head with Romney in the Presidential election. In fact, Michigan will be a key state in helping Mitt Romney become the next President of the United States in 2012.

Here’s video highlighting Mitt’s first Townhall meeting as an official candidate:

Mitt Romney Comes to Michigan and Liberals Have a Hissy Fit

Gov. Romney continues to have the best chance to defeat President Obama in 2012 and the President’s supporters know it. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm decided to welcome Gov. Romney to Michigan with a ridiculous op-ed for Politico titled “Let Romney Go Bankrupt” pleading with Michiganders not to donate to Gov. Romney’s campaign. She and the protesters outside the Livonia Coney Island claim that Gov. Romney wanted the auto companies to go out of business and essentially disappear when quite the opposite is true. Romney said if the auto companies had “gone through regular bankruptcy, we’d have saved $17 billion.” Instead, he said, the UAW ended up with a large ownership stake and stockholders and bondholders were hit financially worse than they would have been.

I know the UAW protesters are paid to protest and don’t actually understand the issues (one of them even called me a derogatory term used to demean homosexuals because I was wearing my Mitt Romney 2012 shirt), but Granholm knows she’s lying when she says Gov. Romney doesn’t support the domestic auto industry. Mitt’s dad, George Romney, ran a Detroit automaker before he became a 3-term Governor of Michigan for goodness sakes. Maybe Gov. Granholm is still smarting from the debate she lost with Mitt on Meet the Press during the auto bailout debate…

If anyone wants to read Mitt’s original op-ed that was given its title by the New York Times, you can read it here. As you can see from both Mitt’s original article that liberals only ever reference the title of and Mitt’s own words during the debate, Mitt never wanted the domestic auto makers to go out of business. Being the forward-thinking businessman he is, Mitt knew the companies could only survive and thrive in the future by going through a structured bankruptcy. The bailout money was a waste because GM and Chrysler ended up going through the bankruptcy that money was supposed to prevent.

Despite the best efforts of the protesters, Gov. Romney had a very successful event. His trip to Michigan has been talked about on the local radio stations and been in the news for several days now and Mitt attracted quite a crowd. People were asking Mitt to sign all kinds of things, but baseball mitts were my favorite. Well, the fact that Mitt signed the latest copy of Newsweek was interesting as well. When he saw it, he said “That’s pretty funny isn’t it”. Later. a man stood up on the counter at the Coney Island and sang he own rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” where he changed to words to “When Romney comes marching home again…” Mitt won the Michigan primary handily in 2008 and he leads here again. I expect Mitt to win Michigan in the general election against President Obama, but the democrats are going to continue to fight tooth and nail to keep Michigan blue.

Mitt stayed much longer than his driver, who was driving the new Chrysler 300, wanted because Mitt kept sitting down to talk to people. Mitt finally got dragged out of there to head to Bizdom U in Detroit, but before he could, he was confronted by a misinformed person who was saying that Mitt shouldn’t be allowed in the state of Michigan anymore and that he’s a traitor. I haven’t seen Mitt do this before in person, but he turned around the face the accuser and instantly the media pushed in forcing Mitt and the other person to be face-to-face. I could see it in Mitt’s eyes that he was hurt and angry that someone was suggesting that Mitt shouldn’t be allowed to visit the state he was born in, grew up in, met his wife in, and still has a lot of family in. He told the accuser that he was misinformed and explained what his position on the auto bailout has always been. The media ate it up, so I hope to see some videos of this confrontation soon.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Bizdom U is all about, Bizdom U provides comprehensive, real-world training, mentorship, and support for entrepreneurs who have a burning passion and determination to build a growth-oriented, Detroit-based or Cleveland-based business. Hopefully we’ll be able to post some details from the Bizdom U visit soon.

VIDEO of the Coney Island event, a photo of Mitt at the roundtable discussion at Bizdom U, and Mitt’s radio interview with Frank Beckmann below the fold: (more…)

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