Skip to comments.Romney coming to Iowa to campaign for Ernst
Posted on 05/23/2014 4:04:02 PM PDT by iowamark
Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, will be in Davenport and Cedar Rapids on Friday, May 30, to campaign for GOP Senate hopeful Joni Ernst.
Romney, who finished second in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, endorsed Ernst earlier in the five-way race for the nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin.
Details of the events will be announced soon, the Ernst campaign said in a news release. The stops will be open to the public.
Ernst is running in the June 3 primary against retired energy executive Mark Jacobs, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, college professor Sam Clovis and sales professional Scott Schaben.
Palin and Romney campaigning together. That oughta make almost every FReeper’s head explode.
Who is Doug Gross backing and who is Branstad backing?
I don’t think that Doug Gross has endorsed anyone. Terry Branstad never endorses in primaries. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds has endorsed Ernst.
Gross has endorsed Mark Jacobs. Jacobs’ support seems to come from business types.
Brandstad hasn’t endorsed anyone, but seems pleased that his Lt. Gov. is backing Ernst. She also has the suspicious backing of open-border types like Bruce Rastetter and former chairs of the Chamber of Commerece and National Association of Manufacturers.
Whitaker’s support seems drawn from local Republican insiders.
I’ve sent money to Joni, based on Sarah’s recommendation.
Sam Clovis took the FAIR pledge. He also helped Steve King call out Rubio throughout 2013.
I will vote for Clovis. Genuinely good man.
It says NOTHING in the article about Milt and Sarah campaigning together. Do you have information we don’t?
They’ve both endorsed Ernst. Odd bedfellows, don’t you think?
I already knew that, as most people paying any attention do. You implied that they’d be campaigning together and that heads would explode. Link? BTW, do you know which of the two endorsed LTC Ernst first and who was the “me, too!” of the pair?
I also have to check, on this claim.
I would have real qualms of supporting anyone who has Romney on their side.
Romney endorsed Ernst a few weeks before Palin, at least publicly. Certainly there might have been behind-the-scenes stuff going on.
Well, it does make me squeamish, but we’re talking about replacing TOM HARKIN. Ol’ Mitt himself would be an improvement.
Most real conservatives would reasonably
avoid ANYONE Mitt-the-Statist Carpetbagger endorsed.
No, the poster in question is blowing smoke up people's @ss to ignite a flame war.
Not exactly. It was intended as not-so-sly humor. Ya gotta admit it’s wierd to get the endorsement of Romeny AND Palin. Almost makes my head explode, but I’m voting for Clovis.
Clovis is not a good man. was just quoted as saying he does not want illegal aliens deported.
Yet Clovis is quoted in the Des Moines Register as saying it is “heartless” to deport those illegally in this country. That is not a good man. Ernst appears the best candidate.
Will you cry if those heads explode?
Same thing happened with Nikki Haley.
Governor Palin’s enforcement generated a lot of support, but Mitt showered her with campaign cash. Guess who has the inside track at the SC Governor’s mansion?
There are other examples of course, but Palin and Ernst campaigning together this week, and Romney and Ernst campaigning together next week makes me want to cry. I guess it might be just that fire-breathers of all types project their own views onto their chosen candidate. Or something.
Say what you want about Romney, and he is not conservative enough for me, but he seems to be very decent and honest man.
Enst should not be coy about seeking his support.
Ernst “also has the suspicious backing of open-border types like Bruce Rastetter and former chairs of the Chamber of Commerece and National Association of Manufacturers.”
I don’t have a good feeling about this, particularly with Willard supporting her.
I think you are right, Clovis is the candidate to back.
The TRUTH about Myth Romney ("Celestial God-Child from Planet Kolob") ...
and his "enthusiastic" support for GAY Marriage ...
It was orginally posted at Free Republic by "SoConPubbie" on Father's Day 2012 ...
Joint Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders
(This letter was hand-delivered to the Governors staff on Dec. 20, 2006.)
December 20, 2006
The Honorable W. Mitt Romney Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts The State House Boston, MA 02133
Dear Governor Romney:
You have a few weeks left in your term to take action on the issue of marriage. Contrary to opinions offered up by liberal commentators, liberal legal authorities, and perhaps even your own staff, you have the authority as Governor to reverse the damage that has been done to the sacred institution of marriage. The signatories below urge you to declare immediately that homosexual marriage licenses issued in violation of the law are illegal and to issue an order to all state and local officials to cease violating the law.
As is increasingly well known, the Massachusetts Constitution denies the Judicial Branch any role in marriage policy:
"All causes of marriage...shall be heard and determined by the governor and council, until the legislature shall, by law, make other provision." (PART THE SECOND, Ch. III, Article V.)
In hearing the Goodridge case and issuing an opinion, four of the seven judges violated the Supreme Law of Massachusetts. Massachusetts courts have admitted, on other occasions, that neither they nor legislators, nor the governor are authorized to violate the Constitution: g[The words of the Constitution] are mandatory and not simply directory. They are highly important. There must be compliance with them.h (Town of Mount Washington v. Cook 288 Mass. 67)
Nevertheless, after these judges issued an illegal opinion, you told the citizens of Massachusetts and all of America that you had no choice but to "execute the law." Oddly, you were not referring to a law, but to the judgesf opinion.
Your oath to uphold the Constitution requires treating an unconstitutional opinion as void (as President Thomas Jefferson did in Marbury v. Madison). You failed to do this. Nor did you treat it as an illegal ruling that affected only the specific plaintiffs (as Abraham Lincoln did, refusing to accept the Dred Scott ruling as law, pointing out that judges do not make law).
Instead, you asserted that the courtfs opinion was a glaw" and thus binding. Though the Legislature never revoked the actual law, you issued . with no legal authority -- the first ghomosexual marriageh licenses in American history.
The Massachusetts Constitution does not confirm either your statements or your actions:
"[T]he people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent." (PART THE FIRST, Article X.)
The Constitution also disproves your assertion to the nation that the marriage statute (M.G.L. Chapter 207) was somehow suspended or nullified by the four judges:
"The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of the laws, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature, or by authority derived from it, to be exercised in such particular cases only as the legislature shall expressly provide for." (PART THE FIRST, Article XX.)
In light of both your actions and your explanations, it comes as a great surprise to many of us to learn that, under the Massachusetts Constitution, judges cannot suspend or alter statutes. This principle is clearly fundamental to Massachusetts' system of government and is restated in multiple ways.
"The judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men." (PART THE FIRST, Article XXX.)
We note that the Massachusetts Constitution so completely protects citizens from the rule of judges that even laws passed in the Colonial period before the Constitution itself was ratified cannot be suspended by judges:
"All the laws which have heretofore been adopted, used and approved c shall still remain and be in full force, until altered or repealed by the legislaturec" (PART THE SECOND, Article VI.)
We note, Governor, that in all of your justifications to the nation, there was no mention of these parts of the Constitution which you swore to defend. Why? Even this same court is forced to admit:
"The Constitution as framed is the only guide. To change its terms is within the power of the people alone." (Opinion of the Justices, 220 Mass. 613, 618)
We note Massachusetts Chief Justice Hutchison's words in 1767: "laws should be established, else Judges and Juries must go according to their Reason, that is, their Will" and "[T]he Judge should never be the Legislator: Because, then the Will of the Judge would be the Law: and this tends to a State of Slavery.' " As Judge Swift put it in 1795, courts "ought never to be allowed to depart from the well known boundaries of express law, into the wide fields of discretion."
As for your claims about the authority of Goodridge and its illegal 180-day instruction to the Legislature, the same court had admitted in 1992 that they cannot issue an order to the legislature or the governor:
"The courts [instructing] when and how to perform...constitutional duties" (mandamus) "is not available against the Legislature [or] against the Governor)."
"The...principles expressed in...the Massachusetts Constitution...call for the judiciary to refrain from intruding into the power and function of another branch of government." (LIMITS v. President of the Senate, 414 Mass. 31, 31 n.3, 35 (1992)
We also note this ruling in 1969: "an unconstitutional overreaching by the judiciary is an act that is gnot only not warranted but, indeed, [is] precluded.h (Commonwealth v. Leis)
We note that even the Goodridge majority said they were not suspending the marriage statute: gHere, no one argues that striking down the marriage laws is an appropriate form of relief."
In fact, they admitted that under the statute, Chapter 207 of the Massachusetts General Laws, homosexual marriage is illegal: gWe conclude, as did the judge, that M.G.L. c. 207 may not be construed to permit same-sex couples to marry.h
Moreover, we note that nothing in the Goodridge ruling asked or pretended to authorize the governor to violate the statute in the event that the Legislature would not repeal it.
We also note that the statute remains in the Massachusetts General Laws, and has never been stricken, suspended or nullified. The court itself has previously clarified your obligation:
"But the statute, so long as it stands, imposes upon both branches [of the Legislature] uniformity of procedure so far as concerns this particular matter. One branch cannot ignore it without a repeal of the statute. A repeal can be accomplished only by affirmative vote of both branches and approval by the governor." (Dinan v. Swig, 223 Mass. 516, 519 (1916)
Nevertheless, with no legislation authorizing you to do so, you ordered the Department of Public Health to change the words on marriage licenses from "husband" and "wife," to "Partner A" and "Partner B." Stunningly, you later admitted that without enabling legislation you cannot change birth certificates in a similar way.
We note that, despite the court's admission that the statute prohibits ghomosexual marriage,h and the Constitution's statement that only the Legislature can suspend laws, you ordered officials to perform homosexual marriages and thus violate the statute (a crime under c. 207 48), and the oath of office by. Those who refused, you ordered to resign.
This emboldened other local officials, including the mayor of Boston, to boast publicly that they would break the law by "marrying" out-of-state homosexual couples . also a crime under c. 207 48.
In summary, while the four judges asserted that Chapter 207 is unconstitutional, they did not suspend the marriage statute and were powerless to do so. The legislature has not changed or repealed it. Therefore:
1. The marriage statute is still in effect.
2. The statute continues to prohibit same-sex marriages.
We note that you swore no oath to execute court opinions, but rather laws and the Constitution. The same Massachusetts high court itself said in 1986: [The Executive branch] must "be faithful to the words of the statute ... as written, and an event or contingency for which no provision has been made does not justify judicial [or Executive Branch] legislation." (Amherst v. Attorney General, 398 Mass. 793)
You swore an oath to uphold the Constitution against assault from the other two branches. You swore on a Holy Bible, and said, "So help me, God." Your oath itself declares that it is violated on penalty of perjury, a felony.
Like much of America, many of us accepted as sincere your explanations of your role in this social and constitutional crisis that is fundamentally altering the moral fabric of our culture and eroding basic building block of human society. We are now forced to look at your role, as constitutional sentry and a gatekeeper of our form of government, in a different light.
We would be greatly disappointed if your principal contribution to history will be imposing homosexual marriage -- knowingly or unknowingly, willfully or negligently -- in violation of the state Constitution you swore to uphold.
We urge you in the strongest possible way to fulfill the obligation imposed by the Constitution of Massachusetts upon the "Supreme Executive Magistrate" to uphold Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 207 the marriage statute, by declaring immediately in a formal, written executive order that the Goodridge court cannot overrule the Constitution and that homosexual marriage therefore remains against the law.
We urge you also to issue immediately a public memorandum from the Office of the Governor declaring members of the Legislature to be engaged in a conspiracy against the Constitution, to which the oath of office attaches the penalties of perjury -- a felony.
We urge you to immediately notify the legislators who openly conspired against the Constitution in denying the first marriage amendment petition a vote in 2002 that:
they violated the oath of office, a constitutional felony, and
as a citizensf constitutional petition, that initiative remains pending until brought to one of the five final actions the Constitution requires and
therefore their crime against the Constitution is perpetual and without statute of limitations
unless they vote, you will call them into session on that original marriage petition and
will order the state police to arrest them and bring them to the chambers to vote (as the Governor of Texas ordered in May 2003 when Texas legislators refused to convene a quorum).
Under conditions of repeated and systematic constitutional abuse, these steps by a governor are the minimum required to defend constitutional democracy and our republican form of government.
Paul Weyrich, Free Congress Foundation
*Sandy Rios, Culture Campaign
*Gary Kreep, Esq., president, United States Justice Foundation ++
*Robert Knight, a draftsman of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Linda Harvey, Mission America
Rev. Ted Pike, National Prayer Network
Randy Thomasson, Campaign for Children and Families
Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth
Dr. Chuck Baldwin, radio host, columnist
Paul Likoudis, The Wanderer
Rev. Stephen Bennett, Stephen Bennett Ministries
Phil Lawler, Catholic World News
Rev. Scott Lively, Esq., Defend the Family
*Dr. William Greene, RightMarch.com
Michael Heath, Christian Civic League of Maine
David E. Smith, Illinois Family Institute
Gary Glenn, American Family Association of Michigan
Diane Gramley, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
Micah Clark, American Family Association of Indiana
Kevin McCoy, West Virginia Family Foundation
Stephen Cable, Vermont Center for American Cultural Renewal
Joe Glover, Family Policy Network (National)
Terry Moffitt, Family Policy Network of North Carolina
Marnie Deaton, Family Policy Network of Virginia
Danny Eason, Family Policy Network of Texas
Matt Chancey, Family Policy Network of Alabama
Ron Shank, Family Policy Network of Tennessee
*John R. Diggs, Jr., M.D., leading expert on the medical risks of homosexuality
Sonja Dalton, Real Civil Rights Illinois
Allyson Smith, Americans for Truth/California
Brian Camenker, MassResistance
Bunny S. Galladora, Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Dr. Paul Cameron, Family Research Institute
James Hartline, The Hartline Report
Jan Markell, Olive Tree Ministries & Radio
Bill Cotter, Operation Rescue Boston
R. T. Neary, ProLife Massachusetts
Mike O'Neil, CPF/The Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
John F. Russo, Marriage & Family, Massachusetts
*Stacy Harp, Active Christian Media, host, The Right View
Rena Havens, Mothers Against Pedophilia
John Haskins, Parentsf Rights Coalition
Rev. Michael Carl, Constitution Party of Massachusetts
Carl Parnell, author, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse
Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only and do not imply a formal endorsement or commitment by those organizations.
Romney breaks pledge, stands to profit from Bain investment in Chinese surveillance company
Mitt Romney is still making millions from his private equity firm Bain Capitals financial investments around the world.
But, in deciding to run for office, hes been trying to shed those investments that conflict with his newly-found political principles.
For example, when Romney decided to switch his rhetoric and start talking tough towards China, it was reported that his financial advisers shed all his investments in China, worth as much as $1.5 million.
In fact, Mitt Romney once declared:
My trustee has indicated publicly that he will make an effort to make sure that my investments to the extent possible and practical, will conform with my political positions.
Once again, the facts conflict with Romneys political rhetoric.
The New York Times revealed that Romneys firm Bain Capital is still investing his money in Chinathis time, in a Chinese company that manufacturers surveillance systems:
In December, a Bain-run fund in which a Romney family blind trust has holdings purchased the video surveillance division of a Chinese company that claims to be the largest supplier to the governments Safe Cities program, a highly advanced monitoring system that allows the authorities to watch over university campuses, hospitals, mosques, and movie theaters from centralized command posts.
The Bain-owned company, Uniview Technologies, produces what it calls infrared antiriot cameras and software that enable police officials in different jurisdictions to share images in real time through the Internet. Previous projects have included an emergency command center in Tibet.
Financial disclosure forms show that Romney still has a stake of between $100,000 and $250,000 in the Bain Capital Asia fund that purchased Uniview. Tax Notes noted that Romneys retirement agreement with Bain Capital covers new buyout funds started by his former partners through February 2009, which means Romney receives income from profits interests in separate Bain funds that are still running.
Not only is Mitt Romneys investment directly conflicting with his pledge, its conflicting with his newly-found principles.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Romney attacked President Obama with the false claim that hes demurred on Chinas human rights record, allowing a government that marries aspects of the free market with suppression of political and personal freedom to become a widespread and disquieting norm.
According to human rights activists, the company that Romney stands to profit from makes the very tools that the Chinese government uses to intimidate and monitor political and religious dissidents. One Tibetan Buddhist Monk noted that such surveillance cameras helped the authorities identify and detain nearly 200 monks who participated in a protest in 2008. There are video cameras all over our monastery, and their only purpose is to make us feel fear, he added.
Standing to profit from such a company violates Romneys past pledge to match his principles with his investments. But this is not the first time hes broken that pledge. After promising to shed investments the conflict with his partys positions on Iran, stem cell research, and other issues, Romneys family still kept some of those stocks the conflicted and repeatedly bought new investments in similar holdings as recently as 2010.
Does Mitt Romney's support of Gay-Marriage and Gay-Adoption also apply to his GOP E-RINO "Political Bedfellows" ?
The GOP Conservative $ 10,000 political "Question of the Day" ...
Who's Leg is "Tingling" the most in this 2012 photograph ... Pastor Santorum or Mormon Archbishop Mitt Romney ?
"We have to frankly break the back of the secular-socialist machine, elect people committed to representing the American people, and then methodically rip the system apart."
~Newt Gingrich, 2012
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Spam By The Yard alert.
Jeez - the guy lost the election - give it a GD rest, already!
Romney endorsed Ernst March 5 and Palin only on March 26, after the hog castration ad. The Ernst-Romney relationship goes back at least to 2007. Palin and Ernst only met this month.
Given that choice, I'd prefer to leave the seat vacant.
Too many posters on FR are either trying to cause dissent among Republicans or they are waiting for "the perfect candidates" who supports every single one of their positions. It will not happen.
Considering how much damage has already been done to this country, all I am hoping for is a candidate who at least will oppose invasion of this country and will not cater to illegal aliens and undesirable legal immigrants. Amnesty will destroy this country.
Mitt Romney HATES America. He imposed RomneyCARE,
and gay marriage, and helped Obama in election after
election by attacking .... ‘fellow’ conservatives.
Disgusting man who, with Obama, has ruined the USA.
Romney is the type of "Republican" enabler who has allowed the deterioration of our country which you decry. Romney doesn't hate our country but he doesn't realize that his big-government politics would still destroy it.
The Des Moines Register is NOT our friend. Using an unlinked, and thus context free, quote from them to attack Sam is unfair. I'd posted a link on the Iowa board to the full video of the Bettendorf Debate Tuesday morning. Alas, I just checked and our local media no longer has that link up and I couldn't find it elsewhere. I did download it, but have no way to post the 700MB file.
IMHO Sam is a very good man, with a wealth of information supporting his conservative credentials. The GOPe, after a detour to Jacobs, is back to their original candidate, Ernst. Other than one good ad and one great endorsement I've seen little to support her claim to be a 'proven conservative.'
After watching one debate live and two more online I've seen nothing to suggest she can debate her way out of a cardboard box. The media generally concedes Sam won every debate. Sam's fundraising flaws won't be relevant in a general election. The seat is valuable enough that whomever is nominated with receive enough funding to have a chance. Braley's campaign is based on three legs: support by the liberal media, funding by his rich liberal lawyer gang, and using the skills that won him presidency of the National Trial Lawyers to out talk any opponent. We can't do much about the former and won't outspend the second with any nominee. Our only chance is to beat him with better talking and there Sam is clearly our best chance. Braley's mentor, Harkin, has made mincemeat out of 'well qualified' GOPe moderates many times and Braley expects to do the same.
LIke most here I love Palin and value highly her opinion. She's one of very few who would make me question and re-evaluate my own instincts. Her track record is certainly better than most, and arguably better than anyone currently. But she's not been perfect. A few of her picks underperformed electorally and not all have kept 'Cruz-ing' the conservative line reliably.
Braley is potentially the worst member of the Senate. I believe Ernst would make an average GOP moderate. Clovis would be a Mach 2 conservative Senator if we can just get him nominated.
Large collection of stories on the Iowa Republican candidates for US Senate, including stories on Bob Vander Plaats and Rick Santorum endorsements of Sam Clovis.
I’ve been following the site. Good source.
They did in California when Palin endorsed RINO Meg Whitman over proven conservative Chuck De Vore.
That has happened before you know. Did you notice the results?