Thumbs Up? Now, Thumbs Down! NH State Rep Drops Perry For Romney

A gritty, Granite State, howdy-do for Rick Perry…

On the eve of his visit to New Hampshire today, eight-term NH State Rep Norman Major, who has been supporting Rick Perry, switched his allegiance to Mitt Romney.

Perry’s inability to debate effectively and the way he handled himself while debating were the major factors in Major’s decision:

The New Hampshire Union Leader has learned that eight-term state Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow, who backed Perry just more than a month ago, is now with Romney.

Major, who heads the Rockingham County delegation in the New Hampshire House and is vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in an interview he became less impressed with Perry during October.

When I met Perry, I listened to him and he represented all the things I wanted to see accomplished,” Major said. “He accomplished a lot in the state of Texas, but as I saw him in the debates and how he handles himself, I realized he isn’t going to beat Obama.”

Major said Perry “has a lot of good credentials, but I guess he needs to go through what Romney went through last time and get that experience of running for President. That way he will be more presidential and think more nationally.

All the answers don’t come from Texas,” said Major. …

Major said Romney “is more presidential and I think stands a better chance of beating Obama than Perry does.

Perry’s strategy:

Perry, after adding several nationally known GOP strategists to his campaign organizational chart this week, after getting much attention for his 20 percent flat-tax plan, and after being backed by magazine publisher Steve Forbes, has gone on the attack against Romney.

On the cable network CNBC earlier this week, Perry labeled Romney a “fat cat,” referring to his personal wealth.

Perry also continued criticizing the health care plan Romney signed into law in Massachusetts, calling it, through a spokesman, an “albatross” for the Bay State.

From (McClatchy newspaper):

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent precious little time in New Hampshire, and party activists are starting to notice.

As the governor whisks into the state Friday, just long enough to file the papers needed to appear on the ballot and speak to religious conservatives, questions are growing about how seriously he’s trying to compete.

“It’s very hard to do ‘New Hampshire-lite’ and win,” Steve Duprey, a former state GOP chairman who now serves on the national Republican committee, said Thursday.

Duprey said Perry might need to spend 25 or 30 days in New Hampshire between now and the January primary to do well. That may be impossible given the myriad demands on his time: Iowa, South Carolina, fundraising and, of course, tending to state business once in a while.

“New Hampshire may be small geographically, but it’s Texas-sized in the effort it takes to do well here,” Duprey said. “Coming here for a day, even if you did 10 events, isn’t enough.”
Dante Scala, chairman of the University of New Hampshire political science department, said Perry isn’t putting in the “sustained effort” needed to do well in the state’s primary, let alone to win. He said it doesn’t appear that the state is Perry’s first or even second priority.

(emphasis, italics added)

Perry may bump into Mitt Romney tonight; The Texan is speaking at a fundraiser for religious conservatives and Romney is speaking at a town hall meeting nearby (his 16th).

Welcome to the team, Representative Major!

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Endorsements: LA’s Rep Rodney Alexander, NH’s Ed DuPont, Ambassador Jerry Carmen

We’re catching up today on lots of good endorsements for Romney (more to come).

Here is welcome news from Louisiana and New Hampshire:

Mitt Romney Announces Support of Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander

I am pleased to have the support of Rodney Alexander,” said Mitt Romney. “He is a lifelong public servant and advocate for Louisiana. With his help, I look forward to defeating President Obama and bringing jobs back to this country.”

Announcing his support, Congressman Alexander said, “Our nation needs Mitt Romney now more than ever. Louisiana voters are looking for someone who will get Americans back to work. Mitt has a very strong business record and a pro-growth message that will be essential to improving our economy. I am proud to stand with him in his bid for president.”

Background On Congressman Alexander:

Congressman Rodney Alexander Was First Elected To Represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District In The House Of Representatives In 2002. He serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. Previously, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and as a Louisiana State Representative.

Former NH State Senate President Ed DuPont Endorses Mitt Romney

Besides being a former New Hampshire State Senate president, DuPont is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire.

“For years, Ed Dupont has served New Hampshire as a State Senator and a leader in New Hampshire’s higher education community,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with Ed to spread my pro-growth message across the Granite State and to reverse the failed Obama policies that have devastated our economy.”

As a successful businessman, Mitt Romney turned around struggling enterprises and helped create thousands of private sector jobs. As a fiscally conservative governor, he balanced budgets, cut taxes 19 times and restructured state government,” said Dupont. “I am proud to endorse Mitt’s candidacy because he is the strongest and most qualified candidate to take on President Obama and fix our economy.”

Background On Ed Dupont:

Ed Dupont Is President And Founder Of The Dupont Group. Ed Dupont founded and owned Strafford Fuels for over 20 years before selling the business in 1994. Dupont served five terms in the New Hampshire State Senate, beginning in 1983. While in the Senate, Ed served as Senate Majority Leader and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In 1990, Ed was elected President of the Senate. During his tenure as Senate President, he established and chaired the first standing legislative committee on economic development in New Hampshire history. Under his leadership, the legislature established the state’s economic development fund; provided research and development assistance for emerging companies; adopted initiatives to stimulate capital formation; and reformed the state’s Business Profits Tax (BPT) to include tax credits for job creation and capital investment.

Since leaving the Senate, Ed has continued his involvement in both the public and private sectors, serving on the boards of a number of organizations. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Merchantbanc, a venture capital firm based in Manchester NH; and Martin’s Point, a health care firm based in Maine and NH. In June of this year, he was re-elected Chair of the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. He is president and founder of The Dupont Group, based in Concord.
Ed has had a life-long interest in aviation and is an instrument rated private pilot. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Durham, NH.

Romney Endorsed by Ambassador Jerry Carmen

Carmen is also a former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman and Reagan Administration official.

Jerry Carmen is one of the most respected leaders in the New Hampshire Republican Party. For over 25 years he has fought for the traditional conservative principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility in the Granite State,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have earned Ambassador Carmen’s support, and I look forward to working with him as I bring my pro-growth message to New Hampshire and voters across the country.”

“The coming election is the most important moment for our future as a Nation. We need a true leader now, one who will continue down the path marked by Ronald Reagan’s footsteps, a conservative who can win next November and then successfully govern,” said Ambassador Carmen. “In my estimation, Mitt Romney is the only candidate in the race with the credentials to carry the Reagan mantle, recapture the White House, and then turn around the American economy. Romney is not a career politician – he’s a lifelong businessman. That is exactly what we need in Washington right now; someone who understands how jobs are created.”

Background On Ambassador Jerry Carmen:

Jerry Carmen Has Been Active In New Hampshire Politics For Over 25 Years. He served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee from 1975 -1979. He resigned the chairmanship to run northeast political operations for Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. He later served in President Reagan’s White House and as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration from 1981-1984. From 1984-1986 he served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and was vice chairman of the Trade and Development Board, which reviewed activities of the United Nations Conference on Trade Development. From 1988-1989, he was a member of the George H.W. Bush Presidential transition team. A successful businessman, he was also the first chairman of the New Hampshire Housing Authority.

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► Jayde Wyatt

David French: Add Health Care to Long List of Romney Advantages

RomneyCare shouldn’t be a liability in 2012. It should be an asset.

Romney's Experience with Health Care Plays to his Advantage

Romney's Experience with Health Care Plays to his Advantage

Our friend David French uses — in stellar fashion — his weekly column at to offer his thoughts on the ongoing Health Care debate.

The piece is three pages long, but well worth the read. I’ll post some tasters for you here, but you’d be best-off heading to Patheos to give it a full review.

French starts like this:

Conservative pundits are in high dudgeon over Mitt Romney’s May 12th health care address. Their explosions of indignation, sadly, have shown contextual ignorance and ideological incoherence. Romney has grappled with health care in greater depth than any other Republican contender and has unique and powerful insights into ObamaCare’s procedural and substantive flaws. As a long-time supporter of Romney, I predict that he will not only survive this round of demagoguery, but he will prevail in the primaries and his health care experience will be a tremendous advantage in the general election.

And ends like this:

In Massachusetts, Mitt Romney balanced the budget then reached across the aisle to create a popular health reform program that was specifically designed for the unique needs of his state. Barack Obama, on the other hand, created a huge new entitlement program in an era of record deficits by ramming an unconstitutional, one-size-fits-all mandate through a reluctant congress and over the expressed objections of a majority of the American people.

When you’re done reading, come on back to MRC and give your take in the comment section below. I’ll also suggest you employ our nifty share buttons at the top of this article to spread the word out to Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE by Jayde: Governor Romney likes French’s article, too. Here’s what The Gov posted on his Facebook page:

Thank you David French for your insightful article on my healthcare plan, I encourage others to read it:

-Luke Gunderson

Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem? …This Roman Catholic says “Nope”

Romney Family Photo

They’re at it again. While Googling for articles today, I came across this fresh group of stories pertaining to Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith:

  • Mitt Romney Must Tackle his religion

  •  The Continuing Story of Romney’s Mormon Problem

  • Religion biggest hurdle to Romney nomination
  • This is the way I look at it: I want the best possible candidate to lead this nation. I want someone who believes in the principles of our Forefathers; someone who has the ability, experience, and knowledge to bring our nation back to greatness. This person’s particular theology is really an afterthought for me. I put more weight in a person’s family values and how he or she conducts their life.

    As a Roman Catholic and Pro-Lifer myself, I believe most Evangelicals and Fundamentalist Christians feel the same way I do. Sure there are fringe elements of every group — those that will spread lies and put all sorts of misinformation out there about good people such as Governor Romney, merely because he is a Mormon. They’ll dress up the hatred for his religion by attacking him on an old forsaken pro-choice stance and how they believe Romneycare supplies cheap abortions. They’ll never tell you the whole truth, just what they want you to believe. Anything to keep the Mormon out of the White House. But again, they are in the minority.

    Evangelicals for Mitt Romney

    Nobody explains better, especially from a non-Mormon perspective, why this country needs a Romney presidency than our friends at Evangelicals for Mitt. From their site, the reasons that they (and their large Evangelical network) support Mitt Romney:

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    Romney to Keynote at Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit

    After the announcement of Romney’s headline speech at the annual ski industry trade show comes the press release that Romney will also keynote at a pharmacy summit next May.

    Across this broad spectrum of industries, what other politician could have more influence then a man who has brought immense success to the private sector, the 2002 Winter Games, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Because of his impressive background, Mitt has become recognized as an industry professional in almost every industry out there. There’s no doubt that the organizers of these conventions/summits know of Mitt’s ability to bring success to anything he puts his name on.

    In the upcoming months, look for more appearances by Romney at these sort of events:

    Posted at by Allison Cerra

    SHORT HILLS, N.J. (Dec. 11) One of the nation’s largest specialty pharmacy channel management organizations will have former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney deliver the keynote address at its annual summit.

    Armada Health Care announced Friday that Romney will attend the Sixth Annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit, scheduled from May 4 to May 7, 2022 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Gov. Romney will deliver the Armada Summit Keynote address at the opening session.

    Lawrence S. Irene, CEO of Armada, stated, “We are delighted that Gov. Romney has shown an interest in our market and will be attending the 2010 Armada Summit. As the largest gathering of industry stakeholders, our annual summit is the perfect venue for national leaders like Gov. Romney to gain a valuable insight to the many challenges of the specialty pharmacy channel.”

    Update: Posted at

    Governor Mitt Romney to Deliver Keynote Address at Sixth Annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit in 2010

    SHORT HILLS, N.J., Dec. 14, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Armada Health Care, LLC (Armada) the nation’s largest Specialty Pharmacy Channel Management Organization, announced today that Gov. Mitt Romney will attend the Sixth Annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit in 2010. The Armada meeting is scheduled for May 4-7, 2010 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Gov. Romney will deliver the Armada Summit Keynote address at the Opening Session. Lawrence S. Irene, CEO of Armada, stated, “We are delighted that Gov. Romney has shown an interest in our market and will be attending the 2010 Armada Summit. As the largest gathering of industry stakeholders, our annual summit is the perfect venue for national leaders like Gov. Romney to gain a valuable insight to the many challenges of the Specialty Pharmacy channel”

    Governor Mitt Romney to Deliver Keynote Address at Sixth Annual Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit in 2010

    About the 2010 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit:
    Since our inaugural gathering five years ago, the Armada Summit has grown nearly 40 fold in attendance and is considered the premier annual platform for the Specialty Pharmacy industry. The 2010 Armada Specialty Pharmacy Summit venue will offer every attendee a genuine opportunity to gain helpful knowledge about the current and future specialty pharmacy channel through valuable business sessions, productive meetings and educational seminars. The conference format is also designed to allow ample opportunities to network and establish new relationships with other industry associates. In the end, meeting participants will gain meaningful insight that transfer today’s specialty healthcare trends into tomorrow’s successful business opportunities. Scheduled for May 4-7, participants at the 2010 Summit will include over 1,000 attendees and exhibitors from specialty pharmacy providers, third party payers, pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers, national distributors, and other industry professionals. Registration is now open and available online through

    About Governor Romney:
    Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers powerful insight on the current and future challenges facing America and the world, and offers compelling solutions on how America can regain its course.

    His is a career marked by success. From 1978 to 1984, Governor Romney enjoyed a successful tenure as Vice President at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, helping businesses grow and improve their operations. In 1984, Romney founded and led Bain Capital, now one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment firms. He later took a temporary leave of absence to return to Bain & Company as CEO at a time of financial turmoil to lead a turnaround of the organization.

    During the run-up to the 2002 Olympic Games, Romney left the private sector to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Given the task of turning around an Olympics mired in controversy and saddled with debt, Romney galvanized community spirit, erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in the country’s history.

    Romney’s career in public service has been equally distinguished. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and sustained economic growth, balancing the state budget without raising taxes, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and enacting education reform to both reward students and aid failing schools. In 2006, Governor Romney proposed and signed into law private, market-based healthcare reform, ensuring that every Massachusetts citizen receives health insurance — without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

    Elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association during the 2006 election cycle, Romney raised a then-record $27 million for candidates running in state house contests across the country.

    Governor Romney has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation. He was also the Massachusetts Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

    Governor Romney and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and fourteen grandchildren.

    Romney to Headline at Pharmacy Summit

    Romney to Headline at Pharmacy Summit