Romney seeks to strengthen his social conservative creds in S.C
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) was hailed yesterday by a South Carolina organization for helping to fund its effort to convince Palmetto State voters to classify marriage as a union between a man and a woman by amending the state Constitution in November. The praise should help Romney further solidify his credentials as a social conservative in South Carolina, one of the early proving grounds in a presidential campaign. Scrimmage.org announced it had received a $5,000 contribution from Romney’s political action committee, The Commonwealth PAC. A glance at the organization’s website shows that Romney is the first and only person listed as a campaign sponsor. But 34 elected officials including Gov. Mark Sanford (R) have endorsed the effort, according to Scrimmage.org.
“Traditional marriage is fundamental to the development of children and to our success as a culture,” Romney said in a statement released by Scrimmage.org. “We cannot afford to shrink from the timeless, priceless principles of human experience. I will continue to work to help preserve traditional marriage and I applaud this effort in South Carolina as well as others like it across the nation.”
Given the importance of the South Carolina presidential primary, will other Republicans eyeing the 2008 GOP nomination follow Romney’s lead and weigh in financially on this issue?