Fitch says Republicans are re-energized
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:00 PM
OXFORD - State Treasurer Lynn Fitch of Madison believes Republicans in Mississippi are re-energized for the Presidential election which is weeks away. Fitch was the special guest at the opening of the new Lafayette County Romney Ryan and Rebels for Romney Headquarters in Oxford.
State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, a Madison resident, serves as the honorary Co-Chair of the Rebels for Romney Campaign. Fitch is pictured with members of the Ole Miss College Republicans at the Romney campaign headquarters opening in Oxford recently.
"I think we've hit some key groups, one of those being the independent voters," she suggests. "They have seen the differences."
Fitch, the sole statewide elected official who is an Ole Miss Alum, is serving as the Honorary Co-Chair for the Rebels for Romney campaign, an Oxford and University based organization that is growing legs among Ole Miss Alumni statewide.
"It's encouraging to see so many young people involved," Fitch said. "After all, this election impacts them the most. They are the ones who will be looking for jobs after graduation."
The Oxford office will serve as a hub for volunteers, an outlet for campaign signs, and a meeting place for neighborhood canvassing among other things. The Rebels for Romney organization seeks to engage and energize Ole Miss students and couple them with Oxford, Lafayette County residents to promote the Romney Ryan ticket.
"We hope to grow from Oxford and Ole Miss to outside our borders," said Lafayette County GOP and Romney Chairman Geoffrey Yoste. "One of the ways to do this was to develop campaign materials touting Rebels for Romney Ryan."
To date the organization has distributed hundreds of yard signs, several hundred window decals and bumper stickers and nearly two thousand Rebels for Romney Ryan T-shirts.
According to Yoste, "The T-shirts are the most popular political items since the Trent Lott for Mississippi bumper stickers back in 1988."
Another Madison resident and organizer of the Rebels for Romney group is third year Ole Miss law student, Drew Taggart. Drew is the son of Andy and Karen Taggart of Madison.
"We have certainly played up the cool factor to appeal to the University community, but it has resulted in a more politically active student group that is fired up about Republican politics."
Taggart continued, "We could not be happier about seeing the Rebels for Romney T-shirts, bumper stickers and yard signs all over town.
"It's looking like this little academic community may have a pretty strong conservative side after all."
Both Fitch and Yoste predict a Romney-Ryan win. Yoste says make no mistake, "this is very different than four years ago as some of those first time voters who supported Obama are back living at home and still looking for work, indeed, not the change they were expecting."