“Mitt who?” my friend asked. I said, “Come on, you know Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts – the guy who passed an innovative health care bill that requires every person in his state to purchase a health insurance policy; the guy who lowered taxes in a Democratic stronghold and managed to balance the state’s budget by reorganizing its workforce and cutting costs; the guy who nearly single-handedly saved the Salt Lake City Olympics!
Yes, I said, that’s Mitt Romney. Later on it struck me that there might be a lot of other folks who, like my friend, don’t know who Mitt Romney is. That should change. And after attending a small, private dinner reception for Romney in California recently, I think I can help make that happen.
The reception marked the fourth time I’ve met Romney; each time I’ve noticed something special about him. First, he’s a family man. Romney almost always travels with his wife, Ann, who is an attractive woman and the mother of five boys, all of whom are now grown and productive adults. In my opinion, a couple who can raise a family, stay in love, and still be wildly successful must posses great wisdom and personal character. Let’s say it’s a good start for a man who wants to hold the most powerful leadership role in the world.
Second, Romney is a self-made businessman. He didn’t have a father who paved the way with gold. He wasn’t set up in a business so he could then run for president. No, Romney first worked at Bain consulting and then started Bain Capital, which made millions of dollars investing in growing companies. Bain made it big and Romney was the undisputed leader. I have spoken with several of the people that Romney personally financed, and every person says he was brilliant, easy to work with, and a great strategic player. For further evidence of Romney’s leadership capabilities, consider that Bain Capital continues to thrive without Romney because the governor developed a first-rate leadership team to build upon the culture of success that he started.
Doug Wilson is the the co-author, with Edwin Feulner, of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today.
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