AUBURN, Mass. – State Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn) signed a letter in 2002, urging Mitt Romney to run for Massachusetts governor.
“We were in tough shape and needed someone to help create jobs and fix the state’s economy,” Frost said. “I openly supported him for governor, and he did a great job in office for the Commonwealth.”
Ten years later, Frost said it has come “full circle” as the Massachusetts delegate cast his vote for Romney at this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
“Now a decade later with a fiscal mess in this country, I am convinced that Mitt Romney will tackle the problems effectively,” Frost said. “I’ve always been on board with Mitt Romney for president, even four years ago in 2008.
“Much like he did for the Winter Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts, he can lead this country out of a mess,” Frost continued. “We’ve lost jobs and had the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. We need a change, and we need Mitt Romney.”
This week was Frost’s first time as a delegate at a national convention. He was an alternate delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
“It means a lot to me to be on the convention floor, casting my vote for Mitt Romney,” he said. “It’s been very exciting and electric here, with all the speakers creating a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”
Frost said that Ann Romney “really brought the race home” with her speech on Tuesday night.
“She explained Mitt really well. She showcased him in a different, human way that hasn’t been given to the public much,” Frost said. “It was very appropriate and fitting.”
Then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed up with a “tough talk,” Frost said.
“He said we need to change this drastically, and he’s right,” Frost said. “We need to stop pretending like nothing’s wrong.”
While much of the last couple weeks has focused on the Republican Party’s social platform that opposes gay marriage and abortion, Frost said the “platform is irrelevant and no candidate is bound to the platform whole-heartedly.”
“It doesn’t mean that every candidate is automatically aligned with it,” Frost said. “It’s all a distraction from the Obama machine to get away from Obama’s inability to deal with the fiscal issues. I know that Mitt Romney can deal with those issues.”
President Obama will get to state his case for re-election at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. from Sept. 4-6. U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) will be a delegate at that convention.