Romney sons continue image work on Dad before Fla GOPby John Kennedy | August 29th, 2012
Two sons of Mitt and Ann Romney, Craig and Ben, continued the all-out burnishing of the soon-to-be Republican nominee’s image Wednesday, speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Stories about their millionaire Dad rousting his five sons for Saturday morning yard work. Mitt and Ann’s devotion to each other and their family, and even the candidate’s willingness to take an apparently terrifying ride on an Olympic skeleton sled to promote the 2002 Salt Lake City games he oversaw were all folded into the presentation by the two Romney sons.
“I believe in him, so excited and proud of him,” said Ben, 34, a Boston radiologist. “I’m so excited for his (Thursday night acceptance) speech. I don’t know if it’ll lilve up to my Mom’s.”
Ann Romney’s convention speech Tuesday night drew high marks from most Florida delegates and TV viewers, according to overnight surveys. Most agreed she helped humanize her husband, plagued by a cold fish demeanor. The couple’s sons are part of the ground game aimed at the same goal, speaking to groups and state delegations.
Son Craig, 31, the couple’s youngest child, recalled his Dad agreeing to ride the treacherous skeleton sled down an Olympic course for NBC’s Today Show, to help advance the then-troubled games. Ever the technocrat, Mitt Romney took lessons from the eventual gold medal winner before he ventured down the icy course, Craig said.
When it was over, Craig said his dad’s spiked boots had holes on the tops – worn down by his dragging his feet while traveling at top speed down the frozen track.
“He is not exactly a thrill seeker,” Craig conceded. But he said the lesson was, “This guy would do anything, including risking personal injury, to make these games a success.”
Craig also predicted, “I think his greatest successes still await him in the White House.”