Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces a gender gap. And Cindy Gillespie would like to help him close that gap in the race to unseat President Barack Obama.
So she and other women who have worked for Romney have hit the campaign trail, to talk about a boss and a leader they describe as kind, caring and committed to equality in the workplace.
“No surprise, when he goes looking for strong players, a lot of times he finds women,” said Gillespie, responding to national polls that show Romney trailing Obama among women voters.
On Thursday, Gillespie and three others who served with Romney while he was governor of Massachusetts came to Marquette University and sat on a stage. They listened as Ann Romney talked about her husband.
“We know he cares about women, about making the economy work for women,” Ann Romney said.
She pointed out Gillespie, who worked with Romney at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games and then followed him to Massachusetts, where she served as a counselor while Romney was governor.
And Ann Romney talked about three other members of Romney’s governing team in Massachusetts: Ellen Herzfelder, environmental affairs secretary; Beth Lindstrom, secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation; and Renee Fry, deputy chief of staff.
“Mitt put women in key leadership positions to help create job growth, cut regulations, red tape, make energy affordable and turn around the economy,” Ann Romney said.
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