McCain Picks Up Endorsement of Massachusetts College Republican Leaders
John McCain picked up an interesting endorsement right in Mitt Romney’s backyard. Several leaders of Massachusetts conservative college republican groups came out and endorsed Senator McCain for his “authenticity and straight talk.” The press release urges McCain to run for President and commits to forming a youth advisory committee to support his candidacy.
The timing of this endorsement was very interesting. A lot has been written lately about Mitt’s inability to move up in the polls and now we see college republican leaders from his own state endorsing Senator McCain. The NY Times coverage of Mitt’s Gay Rights statement during his failed senate bid where he stated “We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern” has now created a challenge for Mitt in how to rationalize that statement with his current campaign statements.
A second interesting aspect of the timing of this endorsement is that Illinois Senator Barack Obama received a lot of press from his first visit to NH this weekend and drew a lot of college age students to his events. Having young republicans support his candidacy can help McCain demonstrate his ability to draw support not only from both conservatives and moderates, but the young as well.
I hope the Senator is listening and accepts the call to run.
I don’t have a URL for the release so I am reprinting the full text of the release below.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Miltenberger
Massachusetts College Republican Leaders Endorses McCain for President
Boston, MA – Today state leaders from across Massachusetts including the Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain as their candidate for the next President of the United States.
“Conservative College Republicans in Massachusetts appreciate Senator McCain’s authenticity and straight talk and urge him to run for President,” said Michael Miltenberger, Chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. “We look forward to building a strong youth organization for him in Massachusetts and helping in neighboring states and across the country.”
They released the following statement that represents their respective opinions and not necessarily the opinion of the organizations in which they belong.
As leaders in the conservative youth movement, College Republicans across Massachusetts urge Senator McCain to finalize his run for the presidency and pledge their support to his election effort. We are forming a Youth Advisory Committee to help organize youth activists across the state to fight for Senator McCain’s election as the next President of the United States.
Michael R. Miltenberger
Chairman, Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans
Chairman, Northeast Caucus
Political Director, Boston College
Executive Director, MACR
Vice President, UMass Amherst
Executive Vice Chairman, MACR
President, Boston College
Vice President, Harvard University
Former President, Westfield State
Former Chief of Staff, MACR
Secretary, Boston College
Publicity Director, Boston College
Vice President, Emmanuel College
President, Westfield State
Executive Director, Smith College
Treasurer, Northeastern College
Vice President, Mount Holyoke