Knoxville News Sentinel: Susan Richardson Williams wields power in business and politics

Posted by on October 1, 2012 in SRW in the News

Knoxville News Sentinel: Susan Richardson Williams wields power in business and politics

477864_t607When vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan announced plans to visit Knoxville for a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser, Susan Richardson Williams signed on to sell tickets for the event.

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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