Romney’s Mormonism doesn’t grow voters in Plant Cityby Jane Musgrave | January 31st, 2012
PLANT CITY – Wearing a top hat wrapped in an American flag scarf, 84-year-old Jean Barker Weaver wasn’t afraid to utter the words many pundits believe is the reason some Republican are supporting Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney.
“I’m voting for a man who’s not in a cult,” she said as she waited for Gingrich to arrive at Fred’s Southern Cooking restaurant. “I’m a Baptist. I believe in God. Romney seems like a nice man, he has a nice family, but I don’t want someone from a cult being my president. And most of my friends don’t either.”
Others in this haven for strawberry-growers said they don’t share Weaver’s concern about Romney’s Mormonism.
But, 43-year-old Glenn Harrell said he likes Gingrich better than Romney because the former House speaker “he’ll stand up for Christians.”
Gingrich disrupted the lunch crowd at the buffet-style restaurant on his tour through the state’s mid-section, trying to grab some last minute support as Floridians go to the polls in the GOP presidential primary.
Cheryl Meeks, daughter of the founder of Roy Parkesdale Market, brought Gingrich 8 quarts – 11 pounds – of strawberries. Despite polls showing he’s trailing Romney,she said, “I think he’s going to do it.”