Residents of Troup County got a chance to shake hands with a real life Romney a little more than a month before voters go to the polls to choose a president.
“This is the real Georgia,” Greg Romney Robinson, nephew of Mitt Romney, said Saturday on Lafayette Square.
Robinson and his wife Robin, who is the sister of LaGrange Art Museum Director Karen Briggs, were in town to open officially the Romney-Ryan Republican headquarters on Lafayette Square. The former Quizno’s restaurant will serve as the Troup County Republican headquarters during the election season.
Robinson, who was sometimes emotional in his speech to the local Republican crowd, said he is pressed into service more and more to campaign for his uncle, who has been like a father to him.
“It’s surreal to have my uncle in this position,” he said. “But it’s not about him. This is about standing up in this moment in history.”
Robinson said he and his uncle have been close since Robinson’s parents split up in his youth. Romney even came to his nephew’s wedding two days early to prepare him for the wedding.
“He told me what to expect during the wedding and on my wedding night and as a newlywed and, later, as a father,” he said. “That’s the kind of person Mitt is. I can’t think of a better person than Mitt Romney to be president.”
After Robinson’s remarks, he helped local Republicans cut the ribbon on the headquarters draped in red, white and blue and bearing his uncle’s name.
The local organization said they’re opening the building to all local candidates – Republicans and Democrats – to use as a place to meet, greet and educate voters.
“We want to make it available to the entire community,” said attorney Danny Daniel, who helped lead the effort to open it. “Whatever philosophy you have, we need to join together and seek the truth.”