Ryberg joining Romney?


We just ran across this little article in the Aiken Standard. Note that State Senator Greg Ryberg is introducing Mitt Romney.

Is Ryberg joining Romney? We will find out for you later today.

2008 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to speak at Rotary
Tue, Jan 23, 2007

By PHILIP LORD Senior writer

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh’s planned State of the City address has been placed on hold to allow a national presidential candidate to address the Rotary Club of Aiken next week.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is a contender for the Republican Party presidential nomination, will address the club following an introduction by Sen. Greg Ryberg.

Rotary Club of Aiken President Bob Newburn said he checked with Rotary International to make sure such a speaker could be allowed at the club’s meeting.

Newburn was told the speaker could appear, as long as it is made clear Rotary International or the club does not endorse political candidates. He also said a candidate from the Democratic Party seeking the presidential nomination, will be afforded the same opportunity, should one want to address the group.

The last time a presidential candidate addressed the club was in 1980, when Ronald Reagan addressed the group. Reagan went on to serve two terms in the White House.

Romney served one term as Massachusetts governor after being elected in 2002. He did not see re-election in 2006.

Romney led an unsuccessful campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1994.

Romney, a Mormon, served as the CEO and organizer of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

He is the former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm.

Cavanaugh’s annual address to the club will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Rotary Club of Aiken meets at noon Mondays at the Aiken Municipal Conference Center, which is located in The Alley.

Contact Philip Lord at plord@aikenstandard.com

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