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Mitt Romney’s Son Pays Campaign Visit To BBQ Shack Near Raleigh

Photo: Andy Martin, Telegram.

By The Raleigh Telegram

MORRISVILLE – Although many people were disappointed that Mitt Romney himself did not make it to the event, a crowd of around 500 people still showed up to hear his son, Matt Romney, speak at a campaign event at Smokey’s Barbecue Shack on Highway 54 in Morrisville on Sunday afternoon.

The event was originally scheduled to have Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to speak and as late as Saturday, that was the plan.  However, after naming Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate, the pair decided to capitalize on the buzz of Ryan’s new role in the campaign to make a campaign stop in Wisconsin instead.

Ryan and Romney made an appearance at a campaign stop in High Point, where approximately 12,000 people braved the heat to try and see the candidates, but then went to the airport instead of continuing on the Romney campaign bus to the Triangle [EDITOR'S NOTE: See related separate stories on that event].

In his father’s place was Matt Romney, who brought along other members of his family to the event.  In addition, some political figures from North Carolina attended, including Representative Renee Ellmers, GOP candidate for Congress David Rouzer, and North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

Speaking to the crowd outside of the small restaurant, with a giant American flag and the Romney campaign bus as a backstop, Matt Romney talked about his father.  He said that his father was a caring family man and related to the crowd how his father had reacted when he found out that his wife, Ann, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  He said that his father did everything he could for her and supported her in every way when she was sick. Ann Romney has also undergone treatment for breast cancer.

Inside Smokey”s, with television cameras rolling, workers at the small barbecue joint near Research Triangle Park seemed pleased as they shared their popular barbecue sandwiches with Matt Romney and his two daughters.  Smokey’s has a “secret sauce” that they put on their barbecue that draws in many workers from the RTP area at lunchtime every weekday.  ::

Article Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012.