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Ann Romney to Red-county Ohio Families: Help is on the way. Soon.

October 31, 2012

Ann Romney, Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Cindy McCain and Jane Portman (the wives of Sens. John McCain (R-Az) and Rob Portman (R-Oh), respectively) co-headlined a Women For Mitt rally, at VinylMax, a window manufacturer in Hamilton. Hamilton is Butler’s county seat, which is a crucial, red county that both presidential candidates covet. A GOP candidate, especially, ignores it at his peril.

Today’s was my first-ever Romney event in my own home county. The event in Forest Park was a hop, skip and a jump from my house but over the county line in Hamilton Co.

The only reason that you’d know today’s Halloween was a child in a shiny, silvery robot costume, sitting on her parent’s shoulders.

Mrs. Romney wore a cream suit, with a pink, breast cancer awareness pin on the lapel. When she moved her right arm, a bracelet of multi-color stones blinded under the shop floor’s fluorescent lights. “I’m going to show you how easy it is to make a donation to the Red Cross,” she said, then walked the crowd through a $10. donation on her cellphone. She joked that she didn’t have it out to call her husband.

“We help our fellow brothers and sisters,” she said passionately, about the good nature of Americans.

Even a story that Mrs. Romney has repeated probably hundreds of times sounded fresh because of an interesting metaphor. When asking Mitt whether he really needed to run again for president, she asked if the country was going to “go over the proverbial waterfall.” He said that it was. At that point, she urged him to run.

With a slight note of road weariness, Mrs. Romney mentioned that it was cold in Iowa when Mitt started on the campaign trail there, and when she visited there this week “it’s cold weather in Iowa again.”

She said that her favorite Mitt story at the GOP Convention was that of Pat and Ted Oparowski. As their son lay dying in a hospital bed, Ann said that Mitt told him, “Do not fear, David, you are going to be greeted by someone who loves you and cherishes you.”

Chris James, a Fairfield resident, works at VinylMax. He puts screens into the window frames. He’s been employed three months, after being laid off from local window and door maker, Gilkey. It sounds like a cliche, but it was the week before Xmas– and his wife was pregnant. Before getting the job at a Butler County WorkForceONE job fair, James submitted 25 applications. He did manage to find construction work through a friend of his wife, but it wasn’t quite enough for his young family.

Near the end of the event, very much in the same tone as her convention speech, Mrs. Romney told Butler County families like Chris James’s, “Help is on the way. Soon. Help is on the way.”

Photos to follow…

EDIT.1: Visit The Other McCain for his take (with photos of children and… boots?)

Thanks for the very kind mention in the “Rule 2” spot, and the linkage!


Chris James

Chris James’s teeshirt



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