As stated in the previous post, Governor Romney has had a busy weekend working hard for conservatives as voters in several states seek to nominate the best reformers in their primaries this Tuesday. These have included not only the stop in New Hampshire, where he pledged support for the winner of their Senate primary, but also campaign appearances for several candidates in Romney’s former state of Massachusetts and neighboring Connecticut.
Charlie Baker is running against Deval Patrick for Governor of Massachusetts. This is obviously a race that means very much to Romney, as the past four years have seen the budget surplus and business friendly policies instituted by his administration tossed away by the reckless mismanagement of Patrick’s tenure. Throughout the summer, Baker has been arguing that Massachusetts has “had enough… Enough of the tax hikes, the broken promises, the insider deals, the special interests controlling what gets done on Beacon Hill, the unwillingness to make tough decisions that will help cities and towns save money, the lack of meaningful reforms.” Baker promises to make those tough decisions that have been avoided by Patrick. These include in his early agenda, limited state benefits only to residents of Massachusetts, cutting unnecessary construction projects, and bureaucratic reform designed for making Massachusetts a better place for business. Along with government cuts, Baker will focus on job growth for the state, through lowered sales taxes, lowered income taxes, a simplified tax code for business, and reformed government programs.
Karyn Polito is running for State Treasurer in Massachusetts, where her opponent, determined tomorrow, will be either Steve Grossman or Steve Murphy. Returning to his former state, Romney was able to bring a strong personal endorsement for Polito, stating:
When I was governor, I could count on Karyn Polito to stand with me when it came to keeping taxes low and cutting wasteful spending. She is a fiscal conservative who’s not afraid to take on the political machine. As treasurer, Karyn will be a watchdog for the people, and we need more people like her in state government.
Polito meanwhile states that she intends to bring the fiscal conservative philosophy brought to the state by Governor Romney to her approach as State Treasurer. She will join Governor Baker in her support for reduced taxes and a simplified tax code providing a competitive atmosphere for business in Massachusetts. Meanwhile she will seek alternate means toward fixing the budget deficit in the state, specifically cutting spending and alternate sources of revenue such as expanded gaming contracts.
Jeff Perry has also received Romney’s attention in these final days before the Massachusetts primary as the former Governor has included campaign stops in the 10th Congressional district during his recent visit back in Massachusetts. Containing the south shore and Cape Cod regions of the state, the tenth is among the more conservative parts of Massachusetts, and having been vacated by retiring Democrat Bill Delahunt is very much in play this November. As a State Representative he has fought valiantly against efforts to see taxes raised in the state, opposing higher taxes as the answer to budget shortfalls and actively seeking the reduction of sales and fuel taxes. If victorious in tomorrow’s primary and in the November election he will bring the same philosophy to Washington, favoring low taxes and trusting the growth of small business as the answer to the unemployment problem.
In Connecticut, Thomas Foley has received a great deal of support from Governor Romney. Connecticut has shown a leaning toward its Democratic candidates throughout the summer, but has since tightened considerably as Senate candidate Linda McMahon is now closing on Democrat Richard Blumenthal, and Foley is now within seven points of Dan Malloy. With Malloy still under fifty percent support, Foley’s message still has a solid opportunity to catch on to the voters of Connecticut, and there is significant reason to believe it will. For instance, his effort to make Connecticut “Employer Friendly.” Foley sees a growing unemployment rate as business flees the high taxes and complicated government mandates coming from Hartford. Though Jodi Rell has attempted to keep taxes low, Democrats in the state legislature have on multiple occasions overridden her veto to impose unnecessary fees and regulations on business. As a result, Connecticut’s taxes remain among the highest in the nation. As Governor, Foley will work hard to see the end of this, working to reduce government spending and see a bipartisan plan toward reducing taxes passed so that Connecticut can be more competitive for business.
Foley is also running with Mark Boughton, the popular mayor of Danbury, and a proven reformer who has guaranteed the safety of his constituents while keeping spending under control.
In addition to this, Romney has also focused outside of New England, where he has endorsed eight candidates from Nebraska, complete with financial contributions from Free and Strong America PAC. The many good points of these eight reformers, including popular and effective Governor Dave Heineman will be addressed in a coming post.
After endorsing several candidates in the western states of Arizona, Oregon, Montana, among others, Mitt Romney has continued his ongoing tour of the nation by heading back to New England where he is rallying support for conservative causes in the final weekend before the September 14 primaries in several states, including New Hampshire. Romney’s busy schedule has included stops with Chris Foley of Connecticut, supporting his bid for Governor, then with Karyn Polito who has gained attention in Massachusetts in her campaign for State Treasurer. After that he has returned to New Hampshire, where he made the latest of several speaking appearances in the state at the Seacoast Republican Women’s Chili Fest. Finally today sees him focusing back on Massachusetts, where he is supporting Charlie Baker’s candidacy for Governor.
Seacoastonline.com has an interesting article today on Romney’s appearance at the Chili Fest, where he opted not to speak in favor of one specific candidate in the tightly contested Republican Senate primary among Bill Binnie, Kelly Ayotte, and Ovide LaMontagne. Romney did however state that he would grant his endorsement and financial support to the winner of the primary, stating that unity is necessary as we move away from the primary season and focus on the goal of electing Republicans to office.
We’re going to come together and make sure we’re successful in galvanizing the support that’s needed to elect Republican individuals to carry our message to Concord and to Washington.
Conservatives nationally need to heed his words. After this Tuesday the primaries will be over, and while some fear that candidates such as Kirk or Castle would be too liberal, while others such as Angle, Miller, or O’Donnell would be too conservative, once the choice has been made among primary voters it is time to rally around the victorious candidate.
Our focus needs to be in bringing to D.C. and the state capitals those who will focus on defeating the leftist agenda of the Democratic party, instead replacing it with true conservative reform. Emulating the actions of a Charlie Crist or Lisa Murkowski, in seeking or threatening a third party run to spite the conservative that defeated them only serves to benefit the leftist cause in the end. Here is hoping that the people in New Hampshire and Delaware after this Tuesday instead focus on the model presented by our friends in Michigan, who have united behind Rick Snyder and Dan Benishek after closely contested primaries.
Romney’s statements also focused on these reasons that we need to unite:
“They thought they would get the economy stronger by announcing they were going to raise taxes on small business, increase investment by announcing they would raise the tax on dividends, get more businesses to hire people by announcing it was going to be more expensive to hire people because of ‘ObamaCare… Frankly, almost everything they have done has had the exact opposite effect that they had hoped. This president keeps on saying he inherited a difficult economy. He sure did, but he’s not made it better, he’s made it worse.”
We need to defeat this sort of failed leadership that has allowed this recession to grow to the levels that it has, while creating a deficit that compounds the problem with a weaker dollar and heavier government intrusion. With the close of the primary season this week, we will have completed the effort in choosing the best leaders to rise to the challenges that will come with rolling back the failures of the Obama administration. After that, we must give those leaders the support needed that they can be victorious, and have the opportunity to undertake that daunting but important task.
As with many of Romney’s previous endorsements, Foley, Polito, and Baker will also be previewed here soon. The three are strong candidates and deserve the attention.