Friday, September 21, 2012

Craig Romney talks about family at Romney headquarters

Craig Romney stumps for his father Mitt Romney

Craig Romney was 30 minutes late to Roanoke’s Romney headquarters Thursday afternoon. While supporters patiently waited for his arrival, financial planner Maynard Keller was scurrying around promoting a photo opportunity in hopes of getting the young Romney in his 1969 AMC Javelin.

Craig’s grandfather, George Romney was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962. He had a photo of a very young Mitt Romney sitting in an AMC car. His idea came with a slogan – “Ramblers For Romney.”

Craig, 31, is the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is the youngest of the five Romney brothers and works for a real estate developer in California. “This campaign is a family affair” he told 70 supporters when he arrived.

He talked about his son Parker having been in 35 different states by the time that he was two years old. That was during the 2008 Republican presidential primary. “Parker loved watching him (Mitt Romney) speak on stage,” he said.

He recounted that after a long day of campaigning they heard Parker talking to himself in his bedroom and when they peaked in the door his son had lined up all of his stuffed animals on the floor. He was standing on top of his bed giving a speech. “He just may have a future in politics,” said Craig Romney.

Craig Romney sits in Keller’s 1969 AMC Javelin

He highlighted his father’s business acumen and said that he understood the sacrifices that a startup business has to make. Craig reiterated the words spoken by President Obama at Roanoke’s Fires Station No. 1 – “our current President says if you have a business you didn’t build that. Look at the contrast.”

Craig offered the personal side of his father saying, “he taught us the value of hard work.” Besides his career achievements “I think his greatest achievements are actually what he achieved in our home.”

In follow up questions Craig said he wasn’t sure if his campaigning for his dad was having any effect. “What I can really do is testify to his character. If it helps to get one or two votes here and there I’m happy to do it.”

Craig Romney was ready to hit the road but not before Maynard Keller got his wish. Keller beaming rushed to drive the 1969 AMC Javelin to the front of the building. To Keller’s delight Craig sat in the driver’s seat posing just as his father did many years ago then Craig was off to Lynchburg for another event.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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