Newt just keeps getting hits and getting on base these last couple of days.
I saw the headline on this release about “Business Leaders” endorsing him, and thought it would be just another list like many others.
But it’s really quite substantial:
J. Egerton Burroughs, a Conway based real estate developer and owner of Carolina Consultant Company, Chairman at Burroughs & Chapin Company, Chapin & Burroughs Brothers Properties and a member of the Board of University of South Carolina. Joe Edens, owner of Edens, a Midlands based real estate enterprise with retail centers throughout the Eastern and Midwest United States. Vivian Wong, owner of Global Trading Consortium of Greenville which creates attracts and links business markets across the globe. Eddie Floyd, renowned MD and driving force in the Republican party from Florence. Floyd is also a member of the Board of the University of South Carolina and former special representative to UN under President Bush. Jim Roquemore, CEO and Chairman of Patten Seed Company, General Manager of Super-Sod/Carolina. Mr. Roquemore is also Chairman of South Carolina Bank & Trust and sits on the Southeast and National Boards of the Boy Scouts of America. Doug Wendell, Chairman of the Board of Coastal Carolina National Bank, Chair of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp, and national tourism leader. Leighton Cubbage of Greenville, partner and co-founder of Serrus Capital Partners, community leader and avid supporter of Clemson University. Robert Royall, former US Ambassador to Tanzania and former SC Commerce Secretary Gayle O. Averyt of Columbia is the former Chairman of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, which now operates in 48 states, and is largely credited with the tremendous growth of the South Carolina Republican Party. John Rainey, is a practicing attorney, Chairman of the Board of Easlan Capital and former Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors. Bob McAlister, veteran South Carolina crisis communications and public policy consultant based in Columbia.
I saw Gayle Averyt at a Huntsman event last week. And I spoke with Bob McAlister, and he hadn’t made up his mind yet. I guess he has now.
John Rainey. Bob Royall. This is A-list. These are people Mr. I’m-a-Successful-Businessman Romney should have backing him. This is a blow to his campaign.
Ex-wife or no ex-wife, this looks like momentum.