(I must have forgotten to get down off my soap box after I wrote to Bill Gates. Oh well, the view from up here is pretty good, so I might as well enjoy it.)
I’m writing to you because I heard on the news earlier this week that Mitt Romney is one of the leading candidates for your running mate in the national election. I’m a “registered independent” – that is, I listen to what everyone has to say, then make my choice based on how they reflect my values and concerns. From what I hear, there are quite a few others like me around, though we don’t hold rallies and such, so no one would know.
I’m telling you today that I have not yet made up my mind who I will vote for in the Presidential election. But I do know that I will not vote for you, even though I like some of your positions, if Mitt Romney is on the ticket.
I am not opposed to Mitt because he’s Mormon – some religion is always better than none. I’m not opposed to him because he’s really, really rich (it seems you have to be to represent people in this nation today). I was surprised that he ran in Massachusetts – it didn’t seem that he actually lived here, though he did “own a home” here.
I live in Massachusetts. That should be enough said. But the sad thing is, I actually voted for the guy – the alternative was less attractive. And I bought all the hype about how talented he is – the Olympic overhaul, the successful companies, etc. Although he’s not my type, I do admit that he’s decent looking and oozes charm.
However, Massachusetts did not thrive under Governor Romney, especially central Massachusetts, which is forgotten territory. As the years of his governorship went by, I realized one thing – Mitt Romney is not really interested in public service – he’s interested in self service. Everything he did while he was here Massachusetts was a stepping stone to further his personal political ambition.
I believe that you, Senator McCain, are committed to public service because you love this country and want it to be the best place on earth to live. But I believe Mitt Romney seeks public office to show off. He claims to be a Washington “outsider” but that’s far from true. He plays the system for everything he can get.
I posted about this when the primaries first began (that seems like ages ago!) and I have not changed my mind. (See posts of: 1-6, 2-1, 2-4 and 2-8-2009). I still feel Mitt Romney is a charmer and a manipulator.
I can promise that, if he is on your ticket, I won’t even consider voting for you.