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Alamo woman praises Mitt in convention speech

By Josh Richman
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm in 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Republican politics.

A Bay Area woman helped humanize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with a speech tonight from the podium of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Pam Finlayson, 54, of Alamo, recounted how Romney – then a Mormon lay pastor in Massachusetts – helped her and husband, Grant, through tough times when their daughter was born prematurely.

“When the world looks at Mitt Romney, they see him as the founder of a successful business, the leader of the Olympics, or a Governor. When I see Mitt, I know him to be a loving father, man of faith and caring and compassionate friend,” she said. “It is with great excitement and a renewed hope, to know that our country will be blessed as it is led by a man who is not only so accomplished and capable, but who has devoted his entire life quietly serving others.”

UPDATE @ 6:35 P.M.: Here’s a video posted in 2010 as a tribute to Kate Finlayson, the daughter of whom Pam Finlayson spoke tonight.

Finlayson and her husband are registered to vote without party affiliation. They contributed $5,000 to Romney’s campaign in April.

C-SPAN has video of Finlayson’s speech, or follow after the jump to read her complete remarks as prepared.

In 1982, my husband Grant and I moved from California to Massachusetts, with our newborn son.

Being a church-going family, we looked for the nearest chapel and soon found ourselves in a congregation led by a clearly bright and capable man, named Mitt Romney.

I knew Mitt was special from the start.

We didn’t own a dryer, and the day he stopped by to welcome us, I was embarrassed to have laundry hanging all over the house. Mitt wasn’t fazed.

In fact, as we spoke, without a word, he joined me and started helpfully plucking clothes from around the room and folding them.

By the time Mitt left, not only did I feel welcome, my laundry was done!

As Grant and I juggled school, jobs, church and family, we grew to love the Romneys.

They became role-models and friends, and we were honored when Mitt and Ann regularly trusted us to stay with their five rambunctious – but very loving – sons when they traveled.

It was when our daughter Kate was born three and a half months early that I fully came to appreciate what a great treasure of friendship we had in Mitt and Ann.

Kate was so tiny and very sick.

Her lungs not yet ready to breathe, her heart unstable, and after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage at three days old, she was teetering on the very edge of life.

As I sat with her in intensive care, consumed with a mother’s worry and fear, dear Mitt came to visit and pray with me.

As our clergy, he was one of few visitors allowed.

I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back.

I could tell immediately that he didn’t just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.

During the many months Kate was hospitalized, the Romneys often cared for our two-year old son, Peter. They treated him like one of their own, even welcoming him to stay the night when needed.

When Thanksgiving rolled around, Kate was still struggling for life.

Brain surgery was scheduled, and the holiday was the furthest thing from our minds.

I opened my door to find Mitt and his boys, arms loaded with a Thanksgiving feast.

Of course we were overcome. When I called to thank Ann, she sweetly confessed it had been Mitt’s idea, that most of the cooking and chopping had been done by him.

She and the boys had just happily pitched in.

Eventually we moved from Boston. Our daughter Kate grew into an amazing girl of faith and love.

But complications of her birth remained with her, and after 26 years of both miracles and struggle, she passed away just a year and a half ago.

In the midst of making the final decision to run for President – which had to be the most difficult of their lives – when they heard of Kate’s passing, both Mitt and Ann paused, to personally reach out to extend us sympathy, and express their love.

It seems to me when it comes to loving our neighbor, we can talk about it, or we can live it.

The Romney’s live it every single day.

When the world looks at Mitt Romney, they see him as the founder of a successful business, the leader of the Olympics, or a Governor.

When I see Mitt, I know him to be a loving father, man of faith and caring and compassionate friend.

It is with great excitement and a renewed hope, to know that our country will be blessed as it is led by a man who is not only so accomplished and capable, but who has devoted his entire life quietly serving others.

That man is Mitt Romney.

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  • Truthclubber

    Ahhhh — how touching (and soooooooo fake when it comes to caring about some 13 year old raped by her step-uncle and forced to carry the child to term).

    Hasn’t changed the math with a mere 68 days to go:

    O’bammy 332, Mittens 206.

    Anyone wanna argue with THAT?

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    If there’s no cheatin an deceitin, a rerun of 2000 with BHO reprising Al Gore’s chad-hangin role.

  • JohnW

    They say a 50/50 electoral count is a possibility this year. That would put the decision in the hands of the GOP House. Ugh! Ugh, not because of GOV vs Dem, but because people wouldn’t like the concept that the election was decided by a legislative body that’s not very respected these days.

  • Elwood

    John Burton’s mind was destroyed by coke and alcohol in the 70s. That’s why he makes such a fine spokesmonkey for the CA dimmiecrat party.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/09/03/ca-dem-chair-john-burton-compares-gop-to-nazi-goebbels-for-telling-the-big-lie-video/

  • JohnW

    “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.” Neil Newhouse, Romney campaign.

  • Church State

    Whatever happened to the separation of Church and State? GOP Presidential hopeful Romney seems a person who lacks boundaries when it comes to proselytizing the teachings of his Latter Day Saints (LDS) faith. I was troubled by Romney’s speech (reciting passages from the Book of Mormon, and the King James Bible), to the victims of the Colorado Shooting. Is this what the American public is to expect from Romney in the future as the President of the United States and the leader of the country who will frequently address the public? Romney’s behavior during this situation reassures me he is not the man to lead this country. If he is one who cannot restrain himself from spewing the teachings of his faith, perhaps he is best suited to remain in a religious leadership position for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – The Mormons.

  • Elwood

    “But Newhouse said fact checkers bring their own “thoughts and beliefs” to the process. “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers,” he added.”

    Context, people, context.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-neil-newhouse-fact-checkers-20120829,0,2928398.story

  • JohnW

    Thanks for the “context.” Just makes it worse. Don’t like the message but can’t refute the substance; so attack the messenger, implying that PolitiFact and FactCheck are somehow in the tank for the opposing side.

    I’ve run into cases where I didn’t agree with their conclusions. But it was because I thought they sometimes missed the forest for all the trees, not because they brought their own “thoughts and beliefs” to the process.

  • JohnW

    Re: #6

    IKE, JFK, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Bush have all quoted from scripture in their speeches. I have a lot of reasons to not vote for Romney. His religion is not one of them.

  • Elwood

    BURTON RETURNS TO CA FOR DENTAL WORK

    Doctors will try to remove foot from mouth, look for brain

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/09/04/burton-returns-home-after-apology-for-comparing-gops-to-nazi-goebbels/