Mitt Romney to Give Keynote Address at New Hampshire Republican State Convention

Mitt Romney will deliver the keynote address at New Hampshire’s upcoming state convention. There is no mistaking the high regard New Hampshire’s GOP has for Governor Romney:

From (John Distaso):

MITT RETURNS. After donating thousands to the state Republican Party and some of its candidates, Mitt Romney has been named the keynote speaker at the party’s convention, slated for Sept. 25 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

State Republican Chair John H. Sununu says the party is “thrilled” to have Romney as the convention speaker
“Governor Romney has been a strong supporter of the New Hampshire Republican Party and we are extremely appreciative of all the assistance he has given us through this critical election cycle,” Sununu said.

Romney hosted a high-dollar fund-raiser for the state GOP at the Taj Hotel in Boston last Thursday. He also hosted fund-raisers for the Republican House PAC in Manchester and for the state party in Tuftonboro on Aug. 12. He’s donated $30,000 to the state party so far in the cycle, $1,000 to District 3 Executive Council candidate Chris Sununu and $7,500 to other local and state special election candidates.

Romney during 'No Apology' book tour New Hampshire (Jake Gibson) reported this yesterday:

Romney has been a regular in New Hampshire political circles lately and also donated $30,000 to the state party so far in this election cycle. Mitt visited the Granite State during his book tour last spring and has hosted a number of fundraisers recently. Last Thursday, Romney was in Boston at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP, he has also hosted fundraisers for the Republican House PAC in Manchester on August 5th and another for the state party in Tuftonboro on August 12th.

(links added)

Gibson then commented on Romney’s absence from this year’s Iowa State Fair:

For as visible as Romney has been in New Hampshire he has been noticeably absent lately in Iowa, the other all-important early state in presidential politics. Romney did travel through the Hawkeye State during his book tour last spring, but fellow potential GOP 2012 candidates Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich visited the Iowa State Fair recently. The Iowa State Fair is a traditional cattle call for presidential hopefuls, but there was no return to the home of pork chops on a stick and fried Oreo cookies for Romney this year.

Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s spokesman, explained to Politico’s Ben Smith why the Governor didn’t stop by Iowa’s State Fair this year:

“He was spending August with his family on vacation,” Eric Fehrnstrom replies, indicating that Romney meant no slight to the Hawkeye State. “He was in Iowa in March on his book tour, and he will return to Iowa in the fall to campaign with Terry Branstad.”

Good enough. Iowa isn’t off the radar - but, for now, Romney is clearly in demand in New Hampshire. Besides working on his keynote speech for their state convention, he’ll also be composing a speech for the annual New Hampshire Seacoast Republican Women Chili Fest where he will be their featured speaker.  


► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney to Give Keynote Speech, Help Raise Funds at Lake County GOP Federation Annual Fall Dinner

Nippersink Forest Preserve, Lake County, IL

When Mother Nature is splashing the landscape with reds and golds, Governor Mitt Romney will be heading to Lincolnshire, Illinois to do what he does so well - keynote a GOP fundraiser and help raise some cash:

Lake County  (Aug. 28, 2010)

ROMNEY IN COUNTY: Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker for the Lake County Republican Federation’s annual fall dinner Sept. 24 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. “We are delighted to welcome Gov. Romney to Lake County and to our fall dinner,” said Alexander Stuart of Lake Forest, federation president. “It is an honor to have such a distinguished champion of free  enterprise and public service speak to us as we gear up for the critical elections in November.”

Tickets for the dinner range from $100 per person to $1,000 for a table of 10. Seating is limited. For more information, contact federation Executive Director Chelsea Stanley at (847) 680-6680 (847) 680-6680 or e-mail .

(my emphasis, link added)

A glimpse at what Governor Romney may see when he arrives in Lake County:

On the day of this event, there will be just 39 days until the mid-term elections. Mitt Romney is a force of nature who is working mercilessly to paint the political landscape red!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Featured Speaker at New Hampshire Seacoast GOP Women’s Chili Fest

Mmm mm! Featured guest speaker Mitt Romney gets to sample a variety of tasty chili while supporting local candidates at the upcoming Seacoast Republican Women’s 11th Annual Chili Fest:

STRATHAM — The Seacoast Republican Women will host their 11th annual Chili Fest with special guest speaker Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Scamman Farm, 69 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham from 3:30-6:30 pm.

Meet the candidates for local, state and federal elections just three days

Scamman Farm, Stratham, NH

before the primary. Come enjoy many different types of chili with all the fixins’ as well as some delicious baked goods.

Red Sox tickets 10 rows behind home plate will be raffled off as well.

The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family. Go to for more information or ways to volunteer. All are welcome. adds this:

The Seacoast Republican Women are pleased to host their 11th annual Chili Fest. Special guest Mitt Romney will be on hand to speak as well as numerous other state and local Republican candidates. Come enjoy many different types of Chili’s with all the fixins’ as well as some delicious baked goods. Great conversation and good food make for a great afternoon. Please join us.

Sounds like a great way to mix ‘n mingle with local candidates. No doubt, Gov Romney will spice things up!

Read more about Scamman Farm here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney Endorses Oklahoma Candidates, Will Go on 25 State Campaign Tour

You can add the great state of Oklahoma to the list!

What list is that?

The list of states in which Mitt Romney’s generous PAC has endorsed candidates who will “work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again.”

The list: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Count ‘em. That’s half the states in the union. The number coincides with  news we learned three days ago that Romney is planning a 25 state stumping tour for GOP candidates (no itinerary, yet):
National Review 8/24/10:

Mitt Romney, having met last weekend in New Hampshire with the staff of his 2008 presidential campaign, is preparing to embark on an aggressive schedule that will take him to more than 25 states in what is seen as a prelude to another possible White House bid.

The two-month itinerary will launch a cycle of politicking for Republican midterm election candidates that will make Romney one of the nation’s most visible politicians in a year when he is not on the ballot.

(my emphasis)

Who has Romney endorsed in Oklahoma?
From Free and Strong America Pac:

Oklahoma City, OK

Congresswoman Mary Fallin: Congresswoman Mary Fallin currently represents Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District and is now running to become Oklahoma’s next Governor. For more information about her and her campaign, visit

State Senator Todd Lamb: Todd Lamb currently serves as an Oklahoma state senator and is now running to become Oklahoma’s next Lieutenant Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congressman Tom Cole: Congressman Tom Cole currently represents the 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congressman Frank Lucas: Congressman Frank Lucas currently represents the 3rd Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congressman John Sullivan: Congressman John Sullivan currently represents the 1st Congressional District of Oklahoma and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

James Lankford: James Lankford served as the director of a Christian youth camp for over a decade, and is now running to represent the 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

[*]The PAC also announced that it is sending the Congressional campaigns of Cole, Lucas, Sullivan, and Lankford each a $2,500 contribution, and that it has already sent Fallin and Lamb each a $250 contribution toward their respective campaigns

Governor Romney’s statement on the candidates:

“Oklahoma – and our nation – deserves leaders who will focus on enacting pro-growth policies that will put people back to work. Too many of our elected officials are instead more interested in growing the size of government, and that is why it is more critical than ever that we elect leaders who will make the tough decisions necessary to turn our struggling economy around,” said Romney.

There isn’t room to include six campaign videos from each of these excellent candidates, so take the time to click on their websites, get to know them, and lend them your support.

In their honor, I’ll dust off the musical movie archives and let cowboy Curly McLain and his farm girl bride, Laurey Williams, sing a well-known tune from a production that brought an Academy Award to Rodgers and Hammerstein way back in 1955. (By the way, it’s the state song.) Here’s Oklahoma!

Best of Luck to The Sooner State candidates!

Gov Romney, do you ever sleep?

*UPDATE:Romney’s PAC is sending a total of $10,500 to help the candidates’ campaigns.

► Jayde Wyatt

MUST SEE: Mitt Romney Doing Bad Hair and Blue Jeans… in 2007!

Update: Jay Leno used the photo of Mitt with bad hair during his show on 12-1-10. Watch the video here.

Recently Mitt Romney has been seen committing the cardinal sin of wearing blue jeans. He has also been spotted with his hair sussed, and, worst of all, driving a pick-up truck (gasp). Mitt’s straw-grasping detractors can’t resist using this to paint Romney as some sort of flip-flopper - “It’s the new Mitt 3.0″.

Mitt Romney November 2007 - Click image to view full size

Anyway, I don’t care much what they think (detractors will detract), but it did spur me to recall a picture showing Mitt in jeans with incredibly bad hair. I also recalled the wonderful human interest story behind the picture. A few google searches later I was able to dig it back up, and I found a related video to the story that I had not yet seen. The original blog post containing the story and pictures doesn’t exist anymore, but the entire text has been preserved by Mr. Swint at the My Dry Fly blog, and is including below.

For insight into what Mitt is really like, not as a businessman, not as a politician, but as a compassionate human being, I know of no better story than this:

The full story plus more photos after the fold…


Mitt Romney and Bill O’Reilly Enjoy Game at Fenway Park, Support Cancer Fundraiser

 A few surprises last night…Batter up!

We learned via Twitter last night that Governor Mitt Romney and Bill O’Reilly paired up to support a good cause and take in a baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays). Another nice surprise was seeing Ann Romney and son Tagg join in the fun, as well.

Tweet from Mitt which included this Twitpic: At Fenway with Tagg, Ann and @OReillyFactor

Another surprise… Romney and O’Reilly joined Meredith Vieira in the NESN stadium broadcast booth to help support a radio-telethon for the Jimmy Fund (helps fight cancer).

(By the way, although team Red Sox tried to put muscle in their hustle, Toronto rustled up the victory: Blue Jays 16, Red Sox 2.)

Topping the surprises, during last night’s airing of The Factor (Bill O’Reilly’s tv program) a timely re-run of an interview O’Reilly did with Romney back on April 12, 2022 was aired. Prefacing the interview, O’Reilly asked Romney how he would run against Obama if the election was in process today. Given Romney’s recent economic op-ed and Obama’s dismal showing on job creation, it’s worth seeing again:

A good night for the Gov… Do you think he ate a Fenway Frank with the woiks?

~UPDATE from Ross
If you want to see Bill O’Reilly in the booth, click here.

Mitt Romney to Speak at Columbia University Millennium Conference

Update: Mitt Romney will not appear at campus conference this fall. Read more here

Let’s get ready to Romney! So states the standout headlines at - Columbia University’s go-to campus blog newsletter. It’s a catchy way to announce that it’s Columbia’s turn to host the Millennium Campus Conference next month (September 17th-19th) and Governor Mitt Romney will be a featured speaker:

Great news for fans of ridiculously good looking Republicans–former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate front-runner Mitt Romney will be speaking at Columbia mid-September.

Romney will be speaking at the Millennium Campus Conference, a gathering of 1,000 or so student leaders and leading minds for a candid discussion on matters of sustainable international development. Chuck Roberts, CC’12 and executive director of the event, confirms that Romney will speak on “matters relating to global education and volunteerism.”

Columbia University Campus NY,NY

Chuck Roberts, Millennium CC’12 executive director:

Roberts said organizers were looking for an alternative voice to more Democratic-leaning speakers, and Romney may be able to offer “an alternative view from a party you might not necessarily expect.”

A consortium of Boston-area schools put the 2008 program together, though Roberts said Columbia students primarily organized this year’s conference. Organizers are also trying to involve other New York schools, and registration opened last week.

Roberts said there are a few big names invited that have yet to reply- he wouldn’t give names, though he said he was planning to travel to D.C. to meet with a couple of potential speakers. He hopes their current line-up will help draw more interest, both from students and possible lecturers.

(emphasis mine)
As presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain also spoke at Columbia on September 11, 2008. Although it will be interesting to see other big names that may be included on the program, Governor Romney, a fervent advocate for education reform and admirable exemplar of volunteerism, is sure to deliver an insightful speech – one that will be Millennium Conference memorable.

NOTE: Those wishing to attend the conference are encouraged to register now. Click here for information.

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