Knoxville Rally: Mitt Romney for President

Knoxville Rally: Mitt Romney for President

Susan and I were fortunate enough to attend tonight’s rally at West Hills elementary (and stood on stage!). It was a packed house and the distinguished guests included Governor Bill Haslam, TN ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Rep Jimmy Duncan, Rep Phil Roe, Rep Scott DesJarlais, State Rep Ryan Haynes and Joe Bailey. Mrs. Romney was particularly lovely and teased her husband about running for president and family life. Governor Romney’s stump speech was focused, strong and covered everything from energy to veterans (for sound bites click here.) For more pictures, click...

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Knoxville News Sentinel: A Tennessee winner? Rick Santorum’s making a run

…Romney supporter Susan Richardson Williams of Knoxville said Tennessee conservatives are fairly divided over “the more known conservatives” in the race — Santorum, Gingrich and Paul. Romney will take the moderate vote, she said, but whether that is enough for him to win the state remains in question. For Williams, Romney’s business background, his record as a Republican governor in a Democratic state, and his stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City have given him the skill set needed to be an effective president. “Whether or not that translates into being a politician and winning the nomination remains to be seen,” she said. “But if I had to pick resumes of the person who is the most qualified as president of the United States, certainly contrasting that with Barack Obama, Mitt Romney wins hands down. Had we known that the economy was going to tank like it did in 2008, Mitt Romney should have been the nominee then.” Read the full story...

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Join Us: Mitt Romney for President – East TN Reception

Help us kickoff the Mitt Romney for East Tennessee campaign (TN primary is March 6) by joining a free event in the Old City! Monday, February 20, 2012 ~ 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyd’s Jig & Reel ~ 101 S. Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902  (Romney will not be in attendance.) RSVP via...

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Vote Susan Richardson Williams “Romney Delegate-at-Large”

Let’s rock the vote for Tennessee! Susan’s credentials (bio here): Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Former Republican Party Political Director Served in the Cabinet of Governors Alexander and Sundquist Press Representative for Senator Bill Brock Delegate/Alternate Delegate to GOP Conventions in l984,96,2000, 2004, 2008 Attended GOP Conventions in l964 and l980 Served on Republican National Committee as State Party Chairman Been involved in every Republican campaign on local, state and national since l970 and served in many leadership positions Romney Finance Committee State Party Statesman of the Year for 2nd Congressional district Early Voting runs February 15-28, and Tennessee’s Presidential Primary is March 6, 2012. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Click here. Not sure where to vote? Click here for Feb 15-28 and here for March...

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TN GOP Poised to Make Big Gains

The announcements last week from sitting Democratic Congressmen, John Tanner and Bart Gordon, that they will retire and not seek reelection in 2010 have sent shockwaves around the Democrat world, at least in Tennessee and at Democrat National Congressional offices.  Rumors had been circling for several weeks that Congressman Tanner might be in for a NATO job and even though he hasn’t confirmed that, it wouldn’t surprise me if he does get an offer like that.  He has been an officer in the Tennessee National Guard forever, has been involved in House military committees  and in general is a hawk when it comes to national defense.  Former GOP Congressman Robin Beard left Congress for a cushy NATO job and then spent years as a lobbyist for defense contractors.  Tanner could follow a similar course if inclined. Congressman Gordon’s announcement came as more of a surprise.  In fact, I had dinner with him in New York City just last Sunday evening and there was no hint of retirement.  To the contrary, we talked about his campaign and his opponents and their strengths and weaknesses.  He didn’t sound like a man on the verge of retirment.  I also talked with him this week following his announcement and he said turning 60 made him ponder his future, especially since he has an 8-year old child and a wife who has a very demanding job.  Believe me, I understand what raising an 8-year old in your 60’s does to your energy!  I also suspect that polls supposedly taken by the RNCC and DNC showing that Bart could be vulnerable in 2010 could have had something to do with his decision.  At any rate, I wish he and Congressman Tanner well in their retirement from Congress.  It’s a tough job and they have both been there a long time. Which now opens up two Congressional districts that were solid for John McCain in the presidential race last year.  There is little question that Bart’s district, which comprises Rutherford, Wilson, Putnam, etc. will elect a Republican to Congress.  It’s just a matter of which one comes out of the primary.  Several big name Republicans are being mentioned and have declared- State Senator Jim Tracy of Shelbyville and State Senator Diane Black of Gallatin.  Neither are up for reelection in 2010 so they are safe and can run with no loss of their Senate seat.  There is already one Republican female candidate from Murfreesboro who has been raising  money for the past few months.  Black and Tracy will be formidable opponents, but one of them should win the seat in November. Tanner’s seat is a little tougher because of the rural West Tennessee Democrat population and...

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