Rockland County Republican Committee Chairman Vincent Reda said campaign work for the Presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney is well underway in New York.
“We are preparing all the groundwork for the campaign,” said Reda, who was one of four or five initial Romney campaign workers in the state.
He and other organizers are gathering several hundred volunteers to go to New Hampshire this weekend to make phone calls and hand out literature. Reda went to Albany for meetings yesterday and today to work with other campaign organizers to coordinate the effort.
The victory in the Iowa Caucus was a positive step for the former Massachusetts governor, according to Reda.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Mitt Romney won,” he said. “Of course, we know a couple of weeks ago he was supposed to lose in Iowa.”
Romney’s margin of victory in Iowa was slim. He bested Rick Santorum by eight ballots; both of them received 25 percent of the vote. Reda expects Romney to be the front-runner in the New Hampshire Republican primary on January 10.
The Romney campaign is a scenario Reda is familiar with.
“I supported him four years ago and unfortunately he didn’t get the nomination,” said Reda.
He said support is strong in for Romney, who has been endorsed by Republican state senate and assembly members and local elected officials including the county executive and legislators.
“I think he is doing very well in our county,” said Reda.
Romney’s mixed background as an elected official and businessman makes for a good combination according to Reda. He said Romney served one term as Massachusetts' governor and created 800,000 jobs and then returned to private industry.
“I think he’s exactly what the country needs,” said Reda. “I think his electability goes with his background in turning companies around.”
New York’s primary is tentatively scheduled for April 24. The date has to be approved by the state senate. Reda anticipates the GOP presidential candidate could be determined way before then.