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Romney's Tri-State Swing: Six Fundraisers and a Few Unanswered Questions

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at Mustang Expediting April 23, 2012 in Aston, Pennsylvania. (Getty)

Coming off the Northeastern primaries on Tuesday, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney will attend six fundraising events in New York and New Jersey.

Primaries are in New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island this week. With voting all but a formality at this point, Romney's visit has more to do with his war chest than his delegate count.

The former Massachusetts Governor's schedule includes a stop in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon. Romney will attend a $5,000-per-plate fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Kyrillos, who was Romney's New Jersey state chair during the 2008 campaign.

The Kyrillos event will take place at a private residence. Five out of the six fundraisers Romney has scheduled over the next two days will be held in private homes.

Dems start swinging

Now that Romney is in their backyard, local Democrats are using the occasion to go on offense.

"Governor Romney seems to be afraid to share his budget plan with the American people," said New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Chairman of the Democratic State Committee, during a conference call on Tuesday morning. "Maybe when he's in New Jersey, he can share his budget plan with the folks in this state."

Wisniewski charges Romney with being vague about which federal programs he would eliminate to pay for proposed tax cuts, saying that the candidate's budget remained "shrouded in secrecy."

"He's so light on specifics that he admits that his plan can not be scored by the tax and policy groups that usually evaluate those plans," Wisniewski said. "Maybe the well-heeled elite who are coming to this fundraiser will get to hear the plan, but average Americans don't."

The Assemblyman also called on Romney to follow Governor Chris Christie's advice and release more of his tax returns. To date, Romney has only made public his 2010 return. He has filed for an extension on his 2011 tax return that would allow him to put off public disclosure until weeks before the election in November.

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Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

The standard election logic splits the nation's voters into GOP, Democratic and Independent. Sometimes these divisions are labelled Right, Left and Center but that would be a mistake, IMHO.

Each of these positions can themselves be classified as 'Likely to vote' and 'Not Likely to Vote'.

At the end of the 2008 cycle, avowed Republicans were in the mid-20 percent, self-labelled Democrats were in the mid-30's and Independents HAD to be in the mid-40s. Yet in the 2010 elections, the GOP pulled off a stunning reversal of the electoral mandate of the 2008 race. I submit that this was not because the country changed its underlying sentiment from 2 years before, but that GOP voters were so much more likely to vote than Democratic voters. Thus, baited by all of the Tea Party-infused, birther, crypto-Islamist, socialist name-callers, the country was rolled much further to the Right than it would otherwise have naturally turned. [An aside for the Obama-disappointment-types, if voters had turned out in the same numbers as they did in 2008, Nancy Pelosi would still be Speaker of the House, the nation's credit rating would still be AAA, and the multiple threats of government closure would never have happened. The GOP Senators would still need to be b*tch-slapped but maybe even a few of them would have seen the writing on the wall. My take-away, think more like a politician - Support first, positions second.]

I do not think the numbers have changed all that much since 2008 - but the likelihood of voting has and does all the time. That is where the outcome of the next election - which is a very important one - lies.

Apr. 26 2012 10:50 AM

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