Frankly, we were completely, totally, absolutely fed up. That’s what we told a reporter from the Milwaukee Sentinel today who asked us why a group of female executives are traveling the country telling women about our former boss Mitt Romney. We were frustrated that so many women were getting a picture of Mitt from the media and negative ads that just doesn't match up with the man we all know and worked with in Salt Lake and Massachusetts. We’re smart women; we know it’s a big country; and we know we’re only a few voices. But we also know we have insights and stories that women voters want to hear before they make up their minds – so we decided to hit the road and tell as many women as we can what Mitt Romney is really like from the perspective of the women who worked with him every day.
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Amazingly, most women don’t know that Mitt had women at his side helping him turn around the Olympics in Salt Lake and fix the economy in Massachusetts. It doesn’t surprise me because I know how Mitt puts together his team. He hires the strongest talent he can find, so naturally he ends up with a lot of women. Mitt says he hires people who will “go through walls” to get the job done; the women who have worked with him over the years definitely fit that description. I worked with him for nine years and can tell you that my colleagues in Salt Lake and Massachusetts are as talented and incredible as any group of women in America.
Mitt was recognized every year he was Governor for having more women in Cabinet and senior positions than any other Governor in the country. Women made up half Mitt’s cabinet. Women were at the heart of the economic team he put together to create jobs, cut red-tape and streamline regulations and permitting. He personally chose and campaigned for his Lt. Governor – Kerry Healey – a hard-working, gracious, accomplished woman. His Chief of Staff, Beth Myers, was at the table with him giving advice and counsel throughout his administration – and she has continued to do that in the years since, as campaign manager for his 2008 campaign and as senior strategist in the campaign this time.
I called a number of my old colleagues from the Olympics and Massachusetts to see if they would be willing to spend the next few weeks on the road, telling the stories of their time working with Mitt. Everyone said yes. No matter what our political affiliation - Republican, Democrat, or Independent – we’ve all seen first-hand how Mitt leads, we've seen how he makes decisions, we've seen how he can fix huge problems, we’ve seen how he treats women with respect and as true equal colleagues in the workplace, and we've seen how he cares. We've had times when Mitt reached out and helped us through a tough time personally, when he challenged us to grow professionally, when he believed in us and backed us. We've laughed with him - a lot, debated and argued, watched his face light up when Ann Romney walks in a room. He's been there for our weddings and he's been there to comfort us and grieve with us in times of personal loss. We've watched him "go through walls" to do what he's promised. Mitt has to fix anything that's broken, and he just won't stop until the job is done.
So over a dozen of us are on the road and we'll all be blogging as we go, sharing our stories of Mitt Romney and the stories of the women we meet along the way. You know, women who have taken the hardest hit from the Obama economy: more women now live poverty than then they have in 17 years. In my mind, the real War on Women has been economic and I know Mitt Romney can turn this economy around. I know he cares, but more important to me – Mitt knows what to do. And, honestly, I’m more concerned about action than talk right now.
I know another thing about Mitt Romney having worked with him so long. I know when he gets to Washington, he’ll have women on his team helping him “go through walls” to fix America’s economy. He won’t stop until he’s got the job done and America is working. That’s just who he is.
We hope you’ll take the time to read our stories over the next few weeks before you vote. You can only really tell who a person is by their actions; not their words. Mitt’s actions tell you who he is and what he will do as President. We hope by telling you about our time working with him, you will see why we know Mitt is the President we need now - and that he can restore America.
Former Counselor to the Governor, Massachusetts
Former Vice President, Salt Lake Olympic Committee
Read the interview we did in Milwaukee:
He worked with a lot of women over the years who have nothing but good things to say about him.
What a Laugh for the Dems to even try and make up that it's Mitt who has ever had a War On Women! ROTFLOL at them for even trying the turn around blame game. Put it where it belongs, always has----AT OBAMA'S FEET! IN OBAMA'S BED! Obama smells it, breathes it, eats it, dreams it, walks with it like a cloak wrapped around him, that's stapled to his heart.
I am so tired of the fact, that every single time this joke in office opens his mouth, I know he's lying. What have people done to our country by voting this little person in? It's like watching a kid play with plastic figures, a game of Let's Play Whitehouse. And our nation is at stake because of him doing this!
Great article Nan thanks. I only wish the rest of the country would see this. But this was never mentioned.
Great article Nan!
"Amazingly, most women don’t know that Mitt had women at his side helping him turn around the Olympics in Salt Lake and fix the economy in Massachusetts."
The women that watched the secial on Mitt should know it. They interviewed women that worked along side him, for him, and were recipients of his volunteer help. They all had great things to say about him as a human being, a boss, a leader and co-worker.
The ONLY woman that had a problem with him was a woman that went to his church. She wanted to be a pastor or something so she went to Mitt who was the leader of their church and asked him to change the rules. She said he wouldn't do it. He said they aren't his rules to change! haha
The ONLY man that didn't speak favorably of him was an original Olympic committee man. He was one of the people that drove the Olympics into tremendous debt and caused it to be far behind schedule. He was upset because Mitt didn't seem to like his ideas. It seemed quite evident to me that the guy was hurt and taking it out on Mitt. Guess he shouldn't have failed if he wanted the limelight that Mitt got!
That was a real interesting program. I know people are going to be on their best behavior on TV, but there were times during the show where you could see the family unity and the kind of guy Mitt is. Like when he disagreed with Ann on a family history event, or the annual Romney Olympics at the family reunion, or that they don't have hired help doing the cooking and cleaning and doing their shopping. Even Mitt stops at the store to grocery shop when Ann isn't feeling well.
I was real impressed when the church members asked Mitt to lead the church until they replaced their pastor. At a meeting of the Deacons or whatever they call the church board, they discussed a single mom having a roof leak or something like that and how they need to help her. He told them, I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't have anything more important to do right after the meeting. They all went to her house and fixed what needed to be done.
Mitt is the kind of guy people like to have as a neighbor. Each of his neighbors that were interviewed told how kind and helpful he is and how he never turns down anyone. At the RNC the story of the little boy who was dying of cancer just tore me up. AS the temporary pastor, he visited the boy in the hospital. The kid asked him since he's legally a lawyer, would he help him wrte a will. Mitt showed up the next day with a big yellow legal pad and spent all the time necessary to write that little guys will. I can't remember what all was in it, but I do remember he left his skateboard to his best friend.
Mitt has been very successful in life. Yes, he had a wealthy father. But Mitt made his own way. He and Ann lived in a basement apartment as they started their life together. He earned his money, it wasn't handed to him. He's smart. He's fair. He thinks of others more than himself. People from his neighborhood, his church, and work, have all praised him on his ethics and morals. THAT'S the kind of person we need leading the country!