Romney Loses an Endorsement
By Mark Kilmer Posted in 2008 | Don Wilton | Mitt Romney | social conservatives — Comments (75) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Last week, Team Romney made a lot of noise about the supposed endorsement of Mitt Romney by former South Carolina Baptist Convention President Pastor Don Wilton, calling it "another indication of Governor Romney's growing support among faith and values leaders in South Carolina and across the nation."
Today, Dr. Wilton said: NOT SO FAST.
"While I did give my consent to the local campaign to use my affirmation of the governor's stance on family values in my capacity as an individual citizen, I made the mistake of not realizing the extent to which it would be used on a national basis," Wilton told the news agency. "It was my personal error to agree to support Romney's campaign. Until this incident I had never endorsed any person running for any elected office, Democrat or Republican."
He called the endorsement, a "mistake."
So what did Dr. Wilton say that could have given the Romney peeps the idea that Wilton supporter the former governor of Massachusetts bid to become our next President?
According to the piece on the Romney site, linked above:
"I am proud to stand alongside Governor Romney as he pursues our nation's highest office. His values are my values – protecting the sanctity of human life, defending marriage and strengthening the family. We need someone in Washington who will stand up for traditional families and Governor Romney is that person," said Dr. Wilton. "While we may not agree on theology, Governor Romney and I agree that this election is about our country heading in the right direction. Governor Romney is the best candidate to stand for conservative values in Washington."
You can see the hesitation, almost trepidation, in Wilton's words; if so, perhaps you can point it out to me. The man stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Mitt Romney, vouching for Romney's credentials as a social conservative. What would make the pastor back down like that, referring to his endorsement as a "mistake"? Romney is donating to all the right South Carolina SoCon groups, after all:
Harper’s magazine reported this week that a state political action committee Mr. Romney set up in South Carolina gave an unspecified sum to the Palmetto Family Council, the state affiliate of Focus on the Family; $5,000 to an organization that sponsored a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution; $2,000 to a coalition of conservative Charleston school board candidates called the A-Team; $1,000 to the South Carolina Club for Growth; $1,000 to a school choice group called South Carolinians for Responsible Government; and $500 to the anti-abortion group South Carolina Citizens for Life.
The donations illustrate how Mr. Romney has invested his financial resources to build his credibility on the right.
Oh, that comes to use from the New York Times' .com, so we can take the allegation of Romney purchasing credibility with just the one grain of salt.
What of Dr. John Willke, Robert Taylor, and Bob Jones cubed?