... he did not care about the anchor, he cared about me
Tagg Romney visits Washington Court House Square
"It's tough for a Republican to win in Massachusettes, but when my father won the governorship he inherited a three billion dollar deficit," Tagg Romney began speaking to those gathered around a sun-drenched gazebo located on the southwest corner of Washington Court House Square.
"My father knew that we could get the deficit down, and he knew that he would have to cut taxes, which he did 19 times, and cut spending as well. My dad knows how to fix things, and when he left there was a surplus. And, he taught us that when you do good things you don't brag about it. Maybe the best thing I can do here today is not so much to talk about his record but to tell you that in addition to being a good governor, he is a really good man."
Lois and John Rhoad were there to hear Tagg Romney. "I have a big birthday coming," Lois stated "I will be 80 in November and hope that Romney can win this election and get the country back on the right track." John and Lois are both life-long Republicans and residents of Fayette County. John, who describes himself as semi retired, worked in the Probate and Juvenile Court system for some 27 years. The Rhoads are proud grandparents and are optimistic about the future their grandchildren will have. "I have a son and a daughter and two a grandsons, one grandson is studying at Purdue University."
I asked Lois about the way the press had covered the Mitt Romney campaign. "The media," Lois said "You can tell which side they are on, the idea of fair reporting is not something anyone expects anymore."
Steven Alexander, a 24 year-old world politics graduate of Ohio University, was also there. Steven is the campaign manager for State Representative candidate Gary Scherer. "I interned for now State Senator Bob Peterson when he was in the State House." I aksed Steven about the issues that were most important in a district that is although largely agricultural, is increasingly indusatrial as well. "Jobs and the economy," he responded, "but issues like the second amendment are important in this rural area." And as to the prospects of Romney winning Fayette, Pickaway and Ross Counties? Steven Alexander explained, "Romney brings the right set of skills to the job of president. He has been in-charge of things and brought things around, and as importantly for this district he is a man of faith."
"I remember one summer when I was sixteen years-old, and we went on vacation to Cape Cod," Tagg continued, "It was evening and I decided to go fishing and took a little red dingy out onto the ocean. When I got to where I was going to fish I threw the anchor over board. And, to my horror I discovered that the rope was not attached to it and I watched as the anchor sank to the bottom. I continued fishing and if I remember correctly I caught three fish. When I got back to shore I took the fish to show my father and at the same time mentioned that the anchor had been lost. Now since we have all been kids, you know this is the where we usually got lectured, but not my dad. He understands that kids learn better when they are shown the right way to do things, to get things done"
"We got back into that dingy and I showed my dad where I thought I had been when the anchor went overboard, and wondered how in the world he ever expected to find it. Well he pointed out two trees on the shore that we could use as reference points and he showed me how to conduct a grid search, and after about 30 to 40 minutes we found that anchor. My dad dove into the water and retrieved the anchor from a depth of about 18 feet."
"When we got back to shore and I considered all that had just happened, three things came to my mind. First, since the anchor only cost about five dollars, I thought that my dad must be the cheapest human alive. In reality, I learnt that he just hates wasting money. And, as I reflected on the meaning of that day's events I realised that what he had just shown me was that with a little ingenuity you can do anything. And third, he did not care about that anchor, he cared about me."
"We need someone like that in Washington."
Tagg Romney then asked the crowd, "Are we going to win Ohio? The crowd responded with a loud and enthusiastic, Yes!
"The basic question to be decided this November," Jim Ward, Chairman of the Fayette County Republican Party stated, "Is whether we will be a free or a government society. This is a rural community, a place where people work everyday, and have been hit hard by the rise in the price of gasoline from 2 to 4 dollars a gallon." I asked Chairman Ward what he thought about the number of women and young people that were present to see Tagg Romney. "We have a growing number of very successful females in this community, and they are standing up and getting involved. And, it is always heartwarming to see so many young people here, not just the school children, but those in their early 20's coming out to learn how the process works."
I asked the Republican Party Chairman as to Romneys prospects in Fayette and the surrounding counties. "I believe that 60 to 65% of the local population support Romney," he replied.
"The difference between the race on '08 and now," Sheriff Vernon Stanforth explains, "Is that in '08 it was all about the glitz (extravagant showiness) and now both candidates have to run on their record. I know a lot of people have made up their minds, but I know the people who came out today and a lot of them have not decided yet."
"It is always nice to hear a son speak of his farther," Sheriff Stanforth said, "he lived it, and who knows a father better and is able to speak about their father's values. That is what was so important about having Tagg Romney here today."
It is often said that in a picture there is a thousand words. The woman standing in the center of the photo above clutching her hands together near her heart while Tagg spoke of his dad, says more about the today's events in Washington Court House than all the words this writer could ever muster.