Mitt Romney’s one-time lieutenant joined a group of “women for Mitt” on a three-stop bus tour through South Florida on Monday. From Miami to the Griddle restaurant in Boca Raton, former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and her crew brought a targeted message to women voters, underscoring the importance of the female vote and highlighting the differences in the two presidential candidates as it pertains to gender.
“The only one who’s at war with women is Barack Obama,” said Republican Party of Florida’s National Committeewoman Sharon Day, as she introduced U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Orlando.
Sharon Kingman, Romney’s director of communications for the 2002 Winter Olympics, said her former boss helped heal the country after the 9/11 attacks by making the once-failing Olympics solvent, honoring a healing nation in the process.
She described Romney as a great listener and an inspirational leader.
“He is this good of a man,” Kingman said. “He is this smart of a person. He can lead this country where it needs to go.”
Healey, who once chaired the Massachusetts Republican Party, described the mess she said her state was in prior to Romney’s election as governor. “It really was a dark time for Massachusetts,” she said.
Healey said she recruited Romney from his job on the Winter Olympics to ask him to run for governor. Once he was in office, she said with pride, Romney closed the budget gap without raising taxes and left the state with a rainy-day fund.
“Think about what he walked into,” Healey said of Romney’s record of bipartisanship. “He’s a Republican in a state with 85 percent Democrats in the Legislature.”
“Women will be far better off with Romney as president,” she added. “Romney will repeal Obamacare on the first day and help keep taxes low for women entrepreneurs.”
Now a Florida resident, Connie Cestari surprised the lieutenant governor with an old picture. Cestari was was the chairwoman of the Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee and helped Healey get Romney elected to governor.
Both Healey and Kingman appeal to the receptive crowd gathered at the Griddle, a popular Boca Raton restaurant owned by female entrepreneur Naheed Khan.
Interview with Former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
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Sharon Kingman, Romney’s director of communications for the 2002 Winter Olympics
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Full speech: Former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey
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