Archive for September 3rd, 2012

Romney Preps in Reading

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UPDATE: OK, lots of Woodstock Early Birds wanted us to clarify what THEY KNOW to be true…That despite the Former Massachusetts Lt. Governor’s mailing address being Reading for her property in Vermont, she REALLY has a home in West Windsor! Or South Woodstock! Or Brownsville! If you are voting for the recent Republican nominee in November, you certainly want to claim his debate prep mistress as your own. If you plan on voting for the incumbent President Barack Obama, you might be saying the debate prep mistress lives in another town….You see how it goes….

All we know is that after a lovely afternoon drive along Rush Meadow Road and chatting with some locals, we know that if you are going to entertain a presidential candidate, it’s really important that you have access to a helicopter pad. And there are certainly some appropirate landing scapes in our verdant hills.

Also, we’ve learned that large SUV’s with Massachusetts plates and dark tinted windows may start being seen in out of the way places.

Or, you might find an innocent-looking person or two in flag graphic red, white and blue painter’s caps picking up trash and bottles along the roadside.

We even got to see a neighbor ripping down political campaign signage off a fence post or two…What we couldn’t determine was whether it was an Obama sign or a Romney sign.

Hmmm. It’s unclear how South Woodstockians, West Windsorites or Readingtonians prepare for high-profile politicos.

We suspect this will end up a big yawn for the most part and kinda’ wonder why Mr. Romney would choose Vermont as his debate prep hide-out. Wouldn’t NH be more hospitable? Or Utah? Or the Mitten State: Michigan?

There’s also the small wee communications issues for those trying to use their cell phones in little ‘ole South Woodstock-West Windsor-Reading.

Campaign managers — not to mention Secret Service details — are going to be beside themselves without their smartphones blinking green with bars. What kind of backwards state is this anyway?

Probably the local populace should prepare for possible onslaughts on their land lines. People with funny plugs in their ears wearing polo shirts and close-cropped hair are likely to appear at the door asking why their GPS put them in the middle of Sheddsville rather than Woodstock.

Good luck, y’all!

WEB

From across the wires, we hear that Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is doing some homework hosted by Kerry Healey of Reading, Vermont. Healey was Romney’s Lt. Governor when he was Massachusetts Governor.

Here is the latest report on the “Debate Prep” in Reading from http://www.VTdigger.org:

Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president, is getting ready for upcoming debates with President Barack Obama “in a secluded mountainous area of Vermont,” according to the Washington Post Election 2012 blog.

The “remote” town in question? Reading, population 666, which is near the New Hampshire border and Dartmouth College in Hanover, and is convenient to Interstate 91. Romney will be in Vermont Tuesday through Thursday. His running mate, Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan will stump in North Carolina during the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this week where Democrats will nominate Obama for a second term, according to Bloomberg News.

Reporter Philip Rucker says Romney’s three-day debate prep will include a back and forth with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who played Obama in 2008 rehearsals. Romney and Obama will debate three times in October, and their running mates will debate once, according to CNN.

It will be Romney’s first appearance in Vermont since before the March 6 Republican presidential primary.

The Green Mountain State isn’t solid Romney country. He won 39.5 percent of the vote in the primary; Rick Santorum garnered 23.6 percent; and Ron Paul received 25.3 percent of the vote.

Vermonters overwhelmingly backed Obama in the 2008 General Election. The then-senator from Chicago won 67.4 percent of the vote; his Republican rival John McCain got 30.4 percent of the total votes.

In tiny Reading, which has just over 400 voters, the results were similar, with 68.1 percent of voters casting ballots for Obama; 29.1 percent for McCain.