Some might call it the politics of trying to look non-political, or think it’s just Mitt trying to appear more charitable and sympathetic…but I think we’re finally seeing the real Mitt Romney.
The Romney campaign has canceled campaign events in Ohio and Iowa to encourage and sponsor disaster relief efforts for those effected by hurricane Sandy.
Most onlookers would describe Mitt as a stiff, scripted politician, but personally I think that’s because of what the media did to his Dad. So it’s inspiring to see Mitt Romney out among the people, doing one of the things he does best: service. If you don’t believe that Mitt Romney is a charitable guy, I would refer you to an excellent Forbes article titled “The Mitt Romney You Don’t Know (Yet).”
In that article, the author tells the story of a little known incident of Romney’s Bain colleague, Bob Gay (who, incidentally, I’ve worked for):
[Bob Gay] called Romney when Gay’s 14-year-old daughter went missing in New York City. “Two hours later Romney called Gay back and notified him that he had shut down the entire office at Bain and was shuttling everyone to New York City. He had set up a command center at La Guardia Airport’s Marriott Hotel. A hotline was being set up to collect tips. And people from Goldman Sachs; Bankers Trust; Morgan Stanley; and Price Waterhouse – all firms that did business with Bain – were ready to comb the city for Gay’s daughter. “We’re going to find her,” Romney told Gay. And they did.”
For those that are tempted to consider Romney’s recent aid to the hurricane victims a “calculated political effort” to earn more votes, I ask you this: What would you have him do? Would you have him continue to campaign? Would you have him halt his campaign and do nothing?
I’m glad that both candidates are working to help those in need. Let’s not hope that others are as bad as we want them to be so that we can feel justified in disliking them.
In closing, I’d like you to watch this video. In 2005 after the devastating tragedy of Hurricane Katrina Governor Romney called on Reverend Jeffrey Brown and to help refugees pick up the pieces of their lives in Massachusetts.