BLOG: A glimmer of hope for an interview with Mitt

Emil Whitis
May 23, 2012

 

After a month of sleepless nights spent waiting by the telephone, I’ve given up on Mitt.

I think it’s safe to say that my business card didn’t stay in his breast pocket for long. In reality, it probably found its resting place at the Lorain dump soon after the April 19 rally.

But this isn’t love; it’s business.

And I’m not so easily deterred.

I’ve got another trick up my sleeve.

In retrospect, the most important moment at the Romney rally last month at Lorain Gypsum may not have been my brush with the Mitt machine, but with his subordinates.

If you’ll remember, directly after Romney grabbed the business card from my hand, I met one of the candidate’s three public relations gurus: Ryan Williams.

Williams basically told me I had at least an iceberg’s chance in hell of grabbing some face time with Mitt, sometime before November.

With his words still ringing in my ears — and my hopes of a personal call from Mitt extinct — I shoved out a solitary email into cyberspace.

It was addressed to Williams.

“About a month ago I spoke with you at an event in Lorain, Ohio. I told you I wanted an in-person interview with Mitt and asked the chances. You said they were better than if I were a reporter in Montana — a heartening reply. So I ask now, what do you have available?”

To my surprise, the response was quick.

But it wasn’t from Williams; it was from Mitt’s Ohio campaign spokesman. 

“Emil, It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance over email,” wrote Christopher Maloney. “I recently joined Governor Romney’s campaign as his communications director in Ohio. Ryan Williams passed along your name, contact information and request for an in-person interview with Mitt Romney ... I will do my best to facilitate an interview the next time Governor Romney is in your neck of the woods.”

I consider this headway, on a major scale.

Still, I wanted to make sure it was a legit message, and not just some campaign worker tasked with responding to random emails.     

That said, I later talked to Maloney in a phone call.

He was the real deal.

“Due to the fluid nature of the campaign, I can’t tell you exactly when that will be,” Maloney said, referring to my request for an interview with Mitt. “I’ve got a waiting list a mile long, but I’ll do my best to get you in.”
My mind was intoxicated with visions of me and Mitt shooting the breeze over a six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon at Daly’s Pub. 

Heck, I’ll even foot the bill. 

 

Each presidential election year the Register chooses two reporters to keep tabs on the national candidates and attempt to reel them in for a visit to our fine Northern Ohio home. This year reporter Andy Ouriel is following President Barack Obama's re-election campaign while reporter Emil Whitis gives his attention to the GOP race and candidate Mitt Romney. They update readers regularly on their progress in a series we call "Chasing the President."

Comments

Eph 2 8-10

Hey Emil.......Romney doesn't drink alcohol!

reader

If they can't drink together, maybe they can bully some poor kid who looks different or tie a dog on the roof of a car for fun ?

Super Judge

So what if he cut that boys hair, it shouldnt of looked the way it did. So what if he made money on shutting down a couple of buisnesses, he actualy did those people a favor. Now they have more time to scratch off lottery tickets.

SamAdams

Taking a Mormon man out for drinks, Emil? It's that lack of even the most basic background due diligence that makes it more than a little unlikely a front-running presidential candidate would be inclined to waste his time. Can you say "rinky-dink?" I'll be the Romney campaign can, assuming they ever see this blog entry!

The Big Dog's back

 Here is how an interview in Kentucky went:

Romney turned to the man seated on his left and seemingly forgetting the ten plus reporters in the room said, “Well between you and me, we have to think about the reality of the situation. Obama is a popular guy and his supporters are hell-bent in getting him reelected. There is one thing that his campaign seems to keep forgetting over and over, and that is how many Americans can’t stand the guy for an obvious reason. Of course I’ll win, I’m the white guy.”

origen

LOL!! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002721346 Seems you never read the entire post, No wonder you have no clue. It says "Hahahaha - I fell for it - it's satire - my bad " At the bottom of the post, Too bad you cannot either read or cannot recognize satire.

The freewood post, News that "Almost" reliable, Hahahahahaha!! they got you and you should be ashamed of commenting any further on anything political.

Oh p.s

 

".... Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within FreeWoodPost.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.

Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction ...."

Erie County Resident

@ 'lil puppy. Use your head if that's possible.

The dumbocrap underground posted this as a satirical blog and your spouting it as gospel.

No wonder you believe in your master kool-aid mixer.

coasterfan

I think the Romney bullying issue is VERY VERY telling. It shows a man who has no conscience whatsoever with regards to treating weaker individuals poorly. We're seeing the same sort of behavior 40 years later from the man, with all the middle class folks he screw*d while at Bain Capital just so that he could line his own pockets and those of a few other ultra-rich cronies. This is a man who says he believes in America, yet has huge bank accounts in the Caymans and Switzerland.

I, for one, don't believe that Romney is suddenly going to grow a conscience and start pushing forward ideas that will help anyone except the ultra-rich. He's a rich Republican. And let's not make the mistake of thinking that a "strong businessman" is what this country needs, especially in this instance, since it's clear that he doesn't have all the answers even in that department, much less the other 90% of what it takes to be President. Everywhere he has gone, it seems he has enriched the few, and left many without jobs.

You want to talk about redistributing money? The Republicans are experts at it, and friends, that breeze you hear is all the middle class money leaving your wallet for the open hands of the ultra-rich. The average American CEO makes 425 times what the rest of us make. Does anyone think that's fair or right?

Shouldn't most of us give up on Romney? Most of us AREN'T in the 1%, and it's clear that he  isn't going to do anything to help anyone EXCEPT the 1%.

origen

@coasterfan

He is a exact clone of Obama, Thats pretty much the reason no one is thrilled about him. Its Obama "The campaigner in chief" that spends tons of money on his wall street friends, Or Romney who we all know will do the same. Might as well drop the facade of thinking Obama's for the little guy, Hes bailed out wallstreet and left us in more debt, Lord knows hell bail them out again if he gets reelected. BTW, I wonder where obama has invested his money (Over a millions or two i might add)..............Oh yeah J.P Morgan, The same folks who recieved part of the bailout.

P.S Romney handled bankruptcys at Bain and saved the stockholders of most those companys alot of money, Thats his job there. I wonder how the GM stockholders made out on the bankruptcy Obama handled? Ill answer that one for you too, They lost everything.

One last thing, Obama admitted to bullying people in his book, He also admitted to smoking dope and doing cocain, Not to mention he ate a dog(I still get a kick out of that) So Who do we want, A bully from 40 years ago or a bully from 40 years ago that has done hard drugs, Friends with terrorist and black liberation theogist, Eats domesticated pets and has a soft spot for the black panther party?

The left never learns never dig up the past of a adversary unless you are willing to face your own.

The Big Dog's back

 ori, now that you are an admitted right winger, can you stop all the nonsense about both being the same, and oh by the way, vote Repub anyways b s you talk about.

origen

Double post

6079 Smith W

coasterfan writes:

"I think the Romney bullying issue is VERY VERY telling."

Ridiculous.

If something that Mr. Romney did almost 50 yrs. ago is important, then let's discuss Mr. Obama's admitted drug usage.

"You know, I made some bad decisions …. You know, got into drinking and experimenting with drugs."

What kind of drugs Mr. Obama?

The Big Dog's back

 And winnie. You were such a big defender of President Obama when people were bringing up his birthplace, being a Muslim, being a Kenyan, "palling" around with terrorists. Yeah, you were right there.

origen

@Big dog

Im a independent, I think for myself. Guess you cannot read and its pointless to argue with a liberal anyways youll just go off in "Racism" territory. You get your news from sarcasm websites that arent real, Vote because the color instead of policy and worst of all would not debate a point if your life depended on it.