Governer Roemer comes to the Twin City Tea Party Leominster

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Governer Roemer comes to the Twin City Tea Party Leominster

Last night Buddy Roe­mer vis­ited the Twin city Tea Party in Leomin­ster Mass (pho­tos here)

It is rather rare for can­di­dates (Par­tic­u­larly GOP can­di­dates) to visit the state, our votes are reli­ably demo­c­ra­tic and Mitt Rom­ney the for­mer gov­er­nor is a can­di­date, it might be con­sid­ered an unortho­dox strategy.

It was very clear right from the start that Gov Roe­mer is a mas­ter pol, although arriv­ing slightly late he went from table to table. He made it a point to visit every table and actu­ally take time to talk to peo­ple. A pho­tog­ra­pher from the Sen­tinel and Enter­prise foll wed him around chron­i­cling the event.

After a short intro­duc­tion from John Weston of WCRN Buddy got to it. He thanked his Mass­a­chu­setts coor­di­na­tor and got right to it talk­ing about his time both in Con­gress and his early days as Gov­er­nor of Louisiana

He talked about budges and said that this one CAN be balanced

He raised a point about mov­ing jobs over­seas and approached it from an envi­ron­men­tal stand­point, not­ing our stan­dards are much higher than China, but stressed that this was due to Big Money in pol­i­tics not­ing that we allow com­pa­nies to deduct for­eign taxes from their US taxes. (pro­vi­sion 27a)

Jobs was his pri­mary mes­sage and he drove it home.

And then he answered ques­tion after ques­tion after ques­tion (too many to post them all here, I’ll include them over the next sev­eral days with indi­vid­ual posts on each ques­tion. He pep­pered answers with a bit of folksy talk but directly answered the ques­tions and wasn’t afraid to take posi­tions not always sup­ported by the GOP.

The most dra­matic moment was near the end with for­mer Con­gres­sional Can­di­date and WCRN week­end host Tom Wes­ley got up and directly wrote a $100 check for the gov­er­nor (the max he will take) and chal­lenged oth­ers to do the same. Quite a few peo­ple there fol­lowed that exam­ple. When every­thing was done I inter­viewed the Governor.

Roe­mer is yet another appeal­ing can­di­date in a field full of appeal­ing can­di­dates, his deter­mi­na­tion to take no more than $100 from any­one, and his old fash­ioned eco­nomic pop­ulism com­bined with prac­ti­cal fis­cal answers on both the jobs and the bud­get cer­tainly won over a lot of the crowd, many for­mer democ­rats like him­self. In fact it seems to me his mes­sage was not that dif­fer­ent from the con­ser­v­a­tive democ­rats of the 70’s that were so appeal­ing to me. Can he pull it off, sev­eral peo­ple doubted he could, his strat­egy seems to be to keep him­self in play long enough in play to move for­ward. Will slow and steady win the race? We will find out but I’ll tell you this, by focus­ing on Mass­a­chu­setts tonight he may have won over an untapped batch of activists who are only a 30 minute drive from the New Hamp­shire bor­der and THAT’s smart.

Update: My piece for the exam­iner on the appear­ance can be found here.

Last night Buddy Roemer visited the Twin city Tea Party in Leominster Mass (photos here)

It is rather rare for candidates (Particularly GOP candidates) to visit the state, our votes are reliably democratic and Mitt Romney the former governor is a candidate, it might be considered an unorthodox strategy.

It was very clear right from the start that Gov Roemer is a master pol, although arriving slightly late he went from table to table. He made it a point to visit every table and actually take time to talk to people. A photographer from the Sentinel and Enterprise foll wed him around chronicling the event.

After a short introduction from John Weston of WCRN Buddy got to it. He thanked his Massachusetts coordinator and got right to it talking about his time both in Congress and his early days as Governor of Louisiana

He talked about budges and said that this one CAN be balanced

He raised a point about moving jobs overseas and approached it from an environmental standpoint, noting our standards are much higher than China, but stressed that this was due to Big Money in politics noting that we allow companies to deduct foreign taxes from their US taxes. (provision 27a)

Jobs was his primary message and he drove it home.

And then he answered question after question after question (too many to post them all here, I’ll include them over the next several days with individual posts on each question. He peppered answers with a bit of folksy talk but directly answered the questions and wasn’t afraid to take positions not always supported by the GOP.

The most dramatic moment was near the end with former Congressional Candidate and WCRN weekend host Tom Wesley got up and directly wrote a $100 check for the governor (the max he will take) and challenged others to do the same. Quite a few people there followed that example. When everything was done I interviewed the Governor.

Roemer is yet another appealing candidate in a field full of appealing candidates, his determination to take no more than $100 from anyone, and his old fashioned economic populism combined with practical fiscal answers on both the jobs and the budget certainly won over a lot of the crowd, many former democrats like himself. In fact it seems to me his message was not that different from the conservative democrats of the 70’s that were so appealing to me. Can he pull it off, several people doubted he could, his strategy seems to be to keep himself in play long enough in play to move forward. Will slow and steady win the race? We will find out but I’ll tell you this, by focusing on Massachusetts tonight he may have won over an untapped batch of activists who are only a 30 minute drive from the New Hampshire border and THAT’s smart.

Update: My piece for the examiner on the appearance can be found here.