Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has added to his Florida staff.
In a press release, Romney talked about adding the staffers he says will help him beat President Obama in Florida in the 2012 election just a year out from the home stretch. Molly Donlin was announced as Florida State Director for the Romney campaign, JC Hernandez was appointed Florida Field Director, and Alex Melendez will serve as Tampa Bay Regional Field Director. In addition, Andrew Messer was announced as the Northern Florida Regional Field Director and Brett Doster was announced as a Strategic Adviser for Romney’s 2012 presidential bid.
While Romney may look like a long shot to those in more liberal states, the GOP contender seems to be making strides- especially when it comes to raising campaign dollars. Obama’s recent- albeit somewhat weak- support for the growing backlash against “class warfare” (a term used on both sides of the aisle to bicker about the measures to repeal tax cuts on the top 2%) may be hurting the President when it comes to garnering corporate support. The Atlantic quotes:
“It’s going to be very hard for the president to bash the rich and create jobs at the same time,” Anthony Scaramucci, who gave Obama $4,600 in 2008, told Bloomberg. So far, Romney has raised $2.3 million from the financial services sector, while the president has raised $87,000. …a source told Politico, “It’s really hard to convince Wall Street donors to give to someone who is trashing their industry.”
Earlier this year, Romney accused the Commander in Chief of going on “one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.”