You don’t know who Mitt Romney is. Tonight you can find out. If you have not been watching the Republican National Convention, you want to tonight.
The RNC has been sending the prepared remarks of all the speakers to MMM. They are embargoed until delivery so I can’t publish them yet, but I can tell you that tonight’s speakers are special. They’ve seen a side a Mitt Romney you want to know.
The rap on Romney is that he is stiff. A heartless executive. That he is awkward and reserved in revealing himself. That he doesn’t connect with people.
I’m a political junkie. I don’t recall any politician revealing themselves the way Mitt Romney will be revealed tonight, through the voices of people he’s connected with.
You will hear from people that Romney was a ministier to while pastor of his church. You’ll hear from his assistant pastor. You’ll hear from his career “wing-man.” You’ll hear from the founder of Staples. You’ll hear from an employee of a company that Mitt Romney turned around. You’ll hear from the woman who recruited Romney to run for governor of Massachusetts. You’ll meet the liberal Democrat who was his Secretary of Workforce Development.
Watch tonight.Posted: August 30th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, Mitt Romney, Republcan National Convention 2012 | Tags: Mitt Romney, Republican National Convention | 9 Comments »
It’s better the second time.Posted: August 29th, 2012 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Republcan National Convention 2012 | Tags: Chris Chirstie, Chris Christie's Keynote Address, Republican National Convention 2012 | 7 Comments »
This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.
A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.
A New Jersey Republican stands before you tonight.
Proud of my party, proud of my state and proud of my country.
I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother.
My Dad, who I am blessed to have with me here tonight, is gregarious, outgoing and loveable.
My Mom, who I lost 8 years ago, was the enforcer. She made sure we all knew who set the rules.
In the automobile of life, Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the driver.
They both lived hard lives. Dad grew up in poverty. After returning from Army service, he worked at the Breyers Ice Cream plant in the 1950s. With that job and the G.I. bill he put himself through Rutgers University at night to become the first in his family to earn a college degree. Our first family picture was on his graduation day, with Mom beaming next to him, six months pregnant with me.
Mom also came from nothing. She was raised by a single mother who took three buses to get to work every day. And mom spent the time she was supposed to be a kid actually raising children – her two younger siblings. She was tough as nails and didn’t suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn’t afford to. She spoke the truth – bluntly, directly and without much varnish.
I am her son.
I was her son as I listened to “Darkness on the Edge of Town” with my high school friends on the Jersey Shore.
I was her son as I moved into a studio apartment with Mary Pat to start a marriage that is now 26 years old.
I was her son as I coached our sons Andrew and Patrick on the fields of Mendham, and as I watched with pride as our daughters Sarah and Bridget marched with their soccer teams in the Labor Day parade.
And I am still her son today, as Governor, following the rules she taught me: to speak from the heart and to fight for your principles. She never thought you get extra credit for just speaking the truth.
The greatest lesson Mom ever taught me, though, was this one: she told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting — but that respect could grow into real, lasting love.
Now, of course, she was talking about women.
But I have learned over time that it applies just as much to leadership. In fact, I think that advice applies to America today more than ever.
I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Republcan National Convention 2012 | Tags: Chris Christie, Keynote Address | 11 Comments »