Welcome to pro-Equality NJ, Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s in New Jersey, at the Parsippany Hilton, getting his picture snapped with the big dogs (maxed at $2,500/primary), shaking hands with the GOP hoi polloi forking over their $500 bucks, and sharing a stage in Jersey with his #1 BFF and a stronger player in his campaign even than he is, Chris Christie.

Mitt: You should know New Jersey’s a pro-equality state. Voters here – yeah, Mitt, even a lot of Republicans – want the rights of gay people’s unions to be respected by our laws. That’s where we are, even if some of our legislators aren’t there with us yet.

Bob Garon, Mitt Romney I tell you this, Mittster, because this morning you had an encounter in a diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, with an older guy in a flannel shirt and Vietnam Veteran ballcap. And Mitt, you didn’t come off too well there, buddy.

Boston Globe tells it. The flannel fella was Bob Garon. He asked you if you want to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law. Here’s how that went (you’re in bold):

You said yes:  “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view.”

Bet you were surprised the vet was sitting at the table with his husband. Didn’t see that coming? Garon said: “If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”

You said you supprt DOMA. “And we apparently disagree.”

“It’s good to know how you feel,” Garon said. “That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”

Romney: “No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

Yeah, that was an itchy little moment, wasn’t it, Mitt, ‘specially with all those pesky reporters leaning in. Your aide tried to hustle you out, muttering about getting late to Fox News.

Garon: “Oh, I guess the question was too hot.”

Romney: “No, I gave you the answer.”

“You did,” Garon said. “And I appreciate your answer. And you know, I also learned something and New Hampshire is right. You have to look a man in the eye to get a good answer, and you know what, Governor, good luck.”

“Thank you, appreciate it,” Romney said. “Have a good day to you, sir.”

Garon’s parting words: “You’re going to need it.”

Good luck, Mitt. Pullin’ for ya, little buddy.

p.s. We hear ole’ Newt Gingrich just pledged personal fidelity to his spouse. Right? A little late, considering she’s #3 and he cheated on #2 with her. He’s all talking up DOMA, too. Ironic, yes? But, whatevs. You people are freakin’ hilarious, until I remember this is serious business, Mitt. … Mittster.

Comments (5)

  1. Bertin Lefkovic

    I know that I am still hoping that Michele Bachmann wins the Republican nomination, because in my opinion, she is the only one who I feel completely comfortable calling unelectable.  This has more to do with my lack of faith and trust in the American voter during times as volatile as ours than the field of GOP candidates.

    With regards to the front runners du jour, I am not entirely sure which concept I fear more; Romney as GOP nominee or Gingrich as President.  Either way, I find it very hard to find a sense of humor about any of this.

  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Well, apparently Chris Christie had to do a lot of cajoling to get people to show up tonight. The oomphless Mitt apparently didn’t get too many butts in seats on his own.

  3. Bertin Lefkovic

    I remember being at the event where most of the Democratic establishment endorsed Howard Dean about a month or so before the 2004 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.  The support that they provided was a mile wide and an inch deep as they sent nobody to Iowa and just token representation to New Hampshire.  A week or so after New Hampshire, Ray Lesniak co-hosted a fundraiser for Dean at his home with Jim McGreevey.  When this fundraiser was scheduled prior to Iowa and New Hampshire, they pledged to raise $1 million.  The event actually raised less than $100K.

    The moral of this story is that when it comes to Presidential politics, the Democratic and Republican establishments are all talk and no action.  The only thing that matters to them is the maintenance of their fiefdoms.  Who the President is only concerns them as much as what that person can do for them or how that person makes them look.  It should come as no surprise to anyone that NJ fares as badly as it does with regards to sending more money to Washington than what it gets back, because nobody in the Democratic and Republican establishments takes the federal government seriously and as a result, nobody in the federal government takes New Jersey seriously.

    That said, regardless of what he is trying to get out of all of this for himself, to his credit, Christie has done far more for Romney than McGreevey ever did for Dean.  If Gingrich self-destructs soon enough for Romney to win the nomination and he is able to take advantage of the economy that the Republicans have wrecked to defeat Obama next November, I hope that Christie gets what he deserves in Washington.  He will have earned it and we will be happy to be rid of him, even as our country’s demise takes its next step forward.

  4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    I have no doubt that Christie may do a better job for Romney than some NJ Dem powerbrokers did for Dean. But I’m not sure what that has to do with what’s going on here. Romney’s a bad fit for NJ.

    Some days, Chris Christie appears to be the only thing propping up Romney’s candidacy (besides the ground operation he’s invested in, to his credit). Romney’s colorless, flip-floppy, a suit in search of something to talk about. You couldn’t say that about Dean, that any of his surrogates were stronger than he was.

    I have zero doubt that in a Romney White House, Christie would be rewarded. I don’t see it happening, because I’m not at all sure Romney gets there. But Christie’s going to make sure Christie comes out well. I have no doubt that that thought motivates him more than Mitt Romney does.  

  5. Bertin Lefkovic

    Then again, so is Steve Sweeney and the other 8 Democratic State Senators who did not vote for marriage equality in January 2010.  I know that you mention above that the public is ahead of our legislators, but what does that really mean in the grand scheme of things?  When we think about it, most of our state’s political establishment is a bad fit for our state, yet they continue to hold on to power for the foreseeable future.

    I think that the exchange provided above is much ado about nothing.  Yes, Romney is a flip-flopper on equality and every other issue, but at least he was able to look the guy in the eye and tell him to his face that at this moment in time anyway, he did not believe that he was entitled to equal rights.  We could not even get the Assembly to bring marriage equality legislation to the floor for a vote so that we could know who our friends and our enemies are like we do in the Senate.

    I honestly have no idea who is going to be President-elect a year from now, because I have absolutely no faith in our democracy, our government, and our voters, the last of the three scare me more shitless than the first two.  I am afraid that if Romney wins the nomination, he will beat Obama.  I think that Gingrich has less of a chance of beating Obama than Romney, but I think that he has enough of a chance that I don’t want either of them anywhere near the GOP nomination.

    It really sucks to have my political hopes rest on Michele Bachmann winning the nomination, because she is the only Republican who I think has no chance whatsoever of beating Obama.  It really sucks that Herman Cain blew up the way that he did.  Add to this the possibility that someone like Evan Bayh could very possibly be on the ballot in every state as President or Vice-President with someone like Jon Huntsman.

    Yes, Dean was much stronger than his surrogates, especially here in NJ with the exception of a few very special people who know who they are, and Christie is undoubtably stronger than Romney or any Republican running in the field.  Regardless of his motivations, I just found it refreshing to see a NJ politician work hard on behalf of a candidate who he has endorsed, instead of just being all talk and no action.  It doesn’t change my opinion about Christie as our Governor or Romney as a Presidential candidate, but it is still nice to see, considering my past experiences.


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