Editorial: Governor Romney, Welcome Back!
Monday night at the Duval County R.E.C. Lincoln Day Dinner, over 750 North East Florida Republicans gave a warm welcome to their number one 2008 Presidential primary favorite, Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney delivered an energized keynote speech downtown at the Hyatt honoring dedicated community leader, Tom Petway.
Duval County R.E.C. Chairman Lenny Curry, Ambassador John Rood, State Committeewoman Cindy Graves and others should be commended for coordinating this spectacular event.
Romney's speech was principled, impassioned and conservative to the core. He spoke about the dire effects of big government spending and taxpayer funded bailouts crippling an already frail economy, versus limited government which spurs economic growth and empowers Americans to pursue greater opportunities.
In the aftermath of last Tuesday's national G.O.P. revolt in Virginia and New Jersey, Romney released this statement: “The American people have sent a very strong message to the liberals in Washington, D.C.; that big government is not the answer and that conservatism is alive and well.”
Romney, as many recall, beat his closest opponent, Senator John McCain, by a 3-1 margin in Duval and the surrounding counties. That night, N.E.F.L. conservatives became “the shining city on a hill whose beacon light guides” in Florida. So much so, it was picked up nationally by C.N.N. news the evening of the Florida primary, that a phenomenon was happening in Jacksonville not replicated in the state.
Since 2008, Romney has formed a P.A.C., “Free and Strong America.” He travels the country speaking to prestigious "Think Tanks" espousing time tested principles that will turn this country around; as well as backing Republican candidates running for statewide and national office.
Known for his business acumen, Romney started Bain Capital and reorganized major companies such as Dominos, Staples and Office Depot which later became household names. Additionally, Romney earned his “Mr. Fix-it” reputation by closing a gargantuan $3 billion dollar deficit in Massachusetts as governor, and rectified a $379 million dollar hole in the U S. Olympic budget and turned a profit for $100 million in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Like President Reagan, Romney is a free market, economic supply-sider. He believes in the greatness of the American people to overcome the economic challenges we face, not by mortgaging trillions of dollars in debt to future generations by expanding government bureaucracy.
Our nation and Florida are facing the worst economic crisis since 1975. Florida's unemployment rate is at a staggering 11% and growing. Mitt Romney is a full spectrum conservative and as such is a natural ally on the life issues. He has the moral fortitude, record, and intelligence to steer this country back on course.
Though the 2012 election may seem a long way off, people are looking to the future for hope. In several of the latest polls, former governor Mitt Romney is the front runner for the Republican nomination. It's time to start paying attention to what he has to say.
Governor Romney, welcome back to Jacksonville, we're glad you came.