Knoxville News Sentinel: Susan Richardson Williams wields power in business and politics
The Republican political activist and public relations consultant, who supported Mitt Romney in the primary, easily exceeded her $10,000 obligation, raising more than four times that amount in connection with the Thursday luncheon.
“It does say a lot about the campaign. There’s a real enthusiasm. I’m excited about the Romney-Ryan ticket and probably worked a little extra,” said Williams, who serves on the state finance committee for Romney’s presidential bid.
It also says a lot about Williams, a sought-after political pundit whose competitive drive and desire to deliver results for things she’s passionate about — including the Republican Party, the state of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee and environmental conservation — have been a hallmark of her 40-year career.
A visit to her downtown Knoxville office serves as a visual history, with photos of Williams with presidents, governors, congressmen and, yes, Hank Williams Jr. She’s been to the Bush compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine; she’s flown on Air Force Two; and she has visited the White House many times, including with the Lady Vols, who clinched two national titles while Williams worked in women’s athletics at UT.
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