Romney Endorsed by Fmr NH Governor Judd Gregg & NH State Senator Gary Lambert

Va, va, va, voom news coming from New Hampshire!

Mitt Romney has been endorsed by former NH Governor and Senator Judd Gregg, and his wife, Kathy. And, NH State Senator Gary Lambert, a Marine Corps colonel who retired in 2009, is also supporting Romney. Lambert was awarded the Bronze Star in 2005 for his service in Iraq.

Judd and Kathy Gregg

Fmr NH Governor and Senator Judd Gregg and wife, Kathy, have endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 10, 2021

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former New Hampshire Governor and Senator Judd Gregg and his wife Kathy.

“I am proud to have earned the support of Senator Judd Gregg and his wife Kathy as I spread my pro-growth message across the Granite State,” said Mitt Romney. “Senator Gregg has long been one of New Hampshire’s most highly respected leaders. He has been a tireless advocate and leading voice in New Hampshire and in Washington for fiscal responsibility and limited government. With their help, I look forward to turning around our economy, and getting Americans back to work.”

Announcing their support, Judd Gregg said, “New Hampshire voters are looking for a candidate who will focus on the economy from day one. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a record of results in both the private sector and as governor. Whether it was as Governor, during the Olympics, or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he can turn around struggling enterprises. Right now our economy needs a turnaround.”

Background On Judd Gregg:

Judd Gregg Is A Former New Hampshire Senator And Governor. Gregg served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1993 and served as a U.S. Senator from 1993 to 2011. Prior to becoming Governor, Gregg was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989. Gregg has been a longtime advocate for the taxpayer and for lower spending, both in New Hampshire and in Washington.

NH State Senator Gary Lambert, Iraqi combat veteran and Bronze Star recipient, has endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 10, 2021 (click on image to enlarge)

Gary Lambert

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of New Hampshire State Senator Gary Lambert (R-Nashua). Senator Lambert, a decorated military veteran, will help lead veteran outreach efforts in the Granite State. He joins State Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), Jack Barnes (R-Raymond), Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Jim Rausch (R-Derry) in endorsing Governor Romney’s candidacy.

Gary Lambert has served his country and his state with honor. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he fought to preserve our freedoms. In the State Senate he has been an advocate for New Hampshire’s low tax environment,” said Mitt Romney. “I am proud to have earned his support and look forward to campaigning with him across the Granite State.”

“As a successful businessman and a fiscally responsible governor, Mitt Romney has the experience needed to fix our broken government and turn around our struggling economy. He has laid out bold plans to create jobs, maintain a strong and robust military and to invest in the resources we need to care for our veterans,” said Senator Lambert. “In 2012, Republicans need a strong and experienced leader to defeat President Obama and restore America’s prosperity. That leader is Mitt Romney.”

Background On State Senator Gary Lambert:

Gary Lambert was elected to the New Hampshire State Senate in 2010. He is the first Republican to represent State Senate District 13 in 94 years.

Senator Lambert retired as a Colonel in October 2009 after 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Multi-national Force at Camp Victory in Baghdad and as the President of the Iraqi Ministries of Justice, Interior and Human Rights’ Detainee Review Board. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal in 2005 for his service.

Senator Lambert has also been an active member in his community, serving on the board of the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center and volunteering his time with the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, the Nashua Rotary and the First Church of Nashua. He is a 1981 graduate of Valparaiso University and a 1984 graduate of Drake University Law School.

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► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Endorsed by Fmr Florida Senator Mel Martinez

Former Florida Senator Mel Martinez has endorsed Mitt Romney. Oct 10, 2021

Good, good endorsement news…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of former Florida Senator Mel Martinez. Senator Martinez will serve as Chairman of the campaign’s National Advisory Council.

I am honored to count former Senator Martinez as an ally,” said Mitt Romney. “The support of Florida voters will be critical and I look forward to working with him to turn this economy around.”

Announcing his support, Senator Martinez said, “I have great confidence that Mitt Romney is the candidate to get our country back on track. Unemployment remains a pressing issue both in Florida and across the nation. Now more than ever, we need a leader who will get our country’s fiscal house in order. From his experience in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how the real economy works and how jobs are created. As Governor of Massachusetts, he balanced the budget without raising taxes. I am proud to support him.”

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Background On Senator Mel Martinez:

Former Senator Mel Martinez Represented Florida In The U.S. Senate From 2005 To 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Prior to his election to the Senate, Martinez was Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the administration of President George W. Bush. Previously, he practiced law in Florida.

► Jayde Wyatt

Baptist Pastor Says Mormonism is a Cult, Perry Campaign Spinning Like a Top

I’ve been hearing ‘spin’ on Rick Perry’s response to Baptist Pastor Robert Jefress’ introduction of him at the Values Voter Summit and his “Mormonism is a cult” comments.

What was initially reported on Friday (Oct 7th) differs from the quote I’ve heard the media air for the last two days:

Perry campaign spokesman, Mark Miner, emailed Perry’s response to FOX News: “The governor doesn’t agree with every single issue with everyone he knows or supports his candidacy. He is running for president to get our economy back on track and create jobs. Those are the real issues that matter to people.”

I appreciated reading Jennifer Rubin’s article yesterday in the Washington Post. She sets the record straight:

Religious bigotry on display

But the big news was not the vote itself [at the Values Voter Summit]. On Friday, the appearance of Pastor Robert Jeffress set of a chain of events that may be remembered long after the vote results are forgotten. Jeffress in his introduction of Perry voiced his previously known anti-Mormon views. Afterward, he doubled down in remarks to reporters. First the speech:

Do we want a candidate who is skilled in rhetoric or one who is skilled in leadership? Do we want a candidate who is a conservative out of convenience or one who is a conservative out of deep conviction? Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person — or one who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?”

Then he told Politico:

Texas evangelical leader Robert Jeffress, the megachurch pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, said . . .he does not believe Mitt Romney is a Christian.

Jeffress described Romney’s Mormon faith as a “cult” and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries.

“That is a mainstream view, that Mormonism is a cult,” Jeffress told reporters here. “Every true, born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian.”

Asked by Politico if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: “No.”

The Christian leader warned that in a general-election race between Romney and Obama, he believes many evangelicals will stay home and leave the GOP nominee without their votes.

Remember, Rick Perry did not distance himself from the pastor’s introduction. Instead, he thanked the Baptist Pastor for a “very powerful introduction” and added “he knocked it out of the ballpark.”

Rubin continues…

The initial response by the Perry team was pathetically insufficient. Perry spokesman Mark Miner threw out this bit of moral vacuity: “The governor doesn’t judge what is in the heart and soul of others.” But what about the words? Is he mute on expressions of overt prejudice? Does he reject the comments as bigoted? Miner e-mailed me on Friday afternoon: “As I said, the governor does not believe Mormonism is a cult. [*Said? That isn't what he originally said.] The governor doesn’t get into the business of judging other people’s hearts or souls. He leaves that to God. The governor’s campaign is about uniting Americans of all backgrounds behind a pro-growth, jobs agenda for this country.” In other words, when presented with such overt prejudice (and the potential loss of evangelical support), Perry went mute. While Perry did not select Jeffress to introduce him, he did approve the choice.

Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, on Friday afternoon, tweeted: “A number of my close personal friends are Mormon. I find Pastor Robert Jeffries’s intro of Gov. Perry totally offensive and repugnant.” That was the voice of moral clarity sadly missing from Perry’s response.

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An interesting note… Shortly before Perry entered the presidential race, he organized a controversial day of prayer in Texas in which about 20,000 people attended. Guess who helped him? Jefress.

A spokesman for the Perry campaign was quick to point out that conference organizers chose Jefress to introduce Perry at the VVS. As Nate pointed out in his article, Dallas-based Jefress’ reputation was well known. And, as Rubin stated, Perry approved Jeffress’ introduction. Too cozy by half…

Perry laid the religion egg. For appearance sake, looks like he is now sauntering away from it. Behind the scenes, some think he is tending the incubator:

Scott McLean, a political scientist at Quinnipiac University and presidential election analyst, told that he believes the Perry campaign orchestrated Jeffress’ attack on Romney’s faith “to test the waters.” He said he expects Perry surrogates to launch more under-the-radar attacks on Romney’s faith to make Romney look less attractive.

We’ll hear more about this issue Tuesday night at the presidential debate. Whrrrrrrr…

Have other GOP candidates risen to Governor Romney’s defense?