Conservative Activists Launch NotMittRomney.com

Questions on the "rank and file" right about frontrunner's electability come from SC, GA and elsewhere.

A right-wing blogger and a conservative political activist have launched a new website to wage a war in the early primary states, battling the perception that GOP frontrunner

The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 runner-up for the GOP nomination has found support from roughly a quarter of the primary electorate for months.

But Romney hasn't broken away from the conservative GOP pack, and voters have hung their hopes seemingly weekly on a new candidate: first , then and then . Now Cain's rose is wilting as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich starts to see a bump in the polls.

NotMittRomney.com co-founder John Hawkins, a Myrtle Beach-based blogger and editor of the Right Wing News website, says its a disturbing trend.

"The base is desperately looking for an alternative," he said.

That could mean trouble if Romney wins the nomination.

"If we're not excited about Mitt Romney, how are we going to get independents excited about Mitt Romney?" Hawkins said.

Fellow NotMittRomney.com founder Ali A. Akbar, a Savannah, Ga., consultant with Vice and Victory Agency, says conservative voters aren't sure where Romney stands on issues.

"That's cause for concern on both sides of the aisle," he said.

The founders say the website is going to be highlighting Romney's shifting stand on GOP issues, along with a petition for conservatives who say that Romney shouldn't be the nominee.

This isn't just the ramblings of another online conservative voice. Hawkins counts among his Twitter followers presidential candidates, elected state officials and leading Tea Party movers-and-shakers.

"We need to make sure the voters get the full story," Hawkins said, noting that other campaigns have been vetted by a skeptical media — everyone except Romney.

"I want to make sure Mitt Romney is getting the same kind of heat."

The site will also highlight the electability question.

The bloggers aren't alone in their skepticism, of course. South Carolina GOP activist and Charleston County Republican Party Chair Lin Bennett said Romney won't be able to secure some conservative votes.

"I've got nothing really personal against Mitt Romney — I'm not concerned about his religion. " she said.

"We have folks in the rank and file who will stay home on Election Day. We can't afford that. It's a sad fact, but facts are facts."

Among the 20 co-signers who make up the leaders of NotMittRomney.com, there are individuals who have endorsed different candidates. Neither Akbar nor Hawkins are behind any of the other candidates and they've asked the rest of the listed to keep their powder dry, to borrow a term from U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. anyone during the primary season has led many to suggest a critique of Romney and other front-runners.

NotMittRomney.com will be focusing its attention first on avoiding a Romney victory in Iowa -- the founders say they assume that the candidate will win New Hampshire. Then attention will turn to South Carolina.

"If he is stopped in South Carolina, he's not going to pull this off," Hawkins said.

The group hopes that South Carolina provides an opportunity for another candidate to shine, and then do well in Florida.

With a clear alternative in place, Akbar says the NotMittRomney.com effort can be handed over to a campaign with the resources to play big in Super Tuesday.

Hawkins is hoping for an alternative he likes.

"There should be one person on the ballot whom people say, 'I like this guy,'" he said. "It shouldn't be the lesser of two evils."

Eric Wood November 09, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I am not a supporter of Gov. Romney, but there are a couple of issues I have with this. First, Mr. Hawkins asked if conservatives are not enthused with Gov. Romney, how are they going to get Independents enthused about him. Mr. Hawkins appears to miss the point that Independents are not conservatives and are not looking for someone that fits the far Right's talking points, that is kind of why they are Independents. Second, perhaps in stead of a site dedicated to eliminating a single candidate, their time, money and efforts would be better served backing a candidate. Does the fact that they are not backing a candidate indicate that they are not enthused with the slate available right now? Finally, folks need to stop looking for someone they agree with 100%. It is NEVER going to happen and if you keep rejecting people because they have a slightly different take on one issue or the other, the person you REALLY don't want in the White House is going to stay there. www.canigetawordin.com
George Sibbett December 28, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Is SC what is kindly referred to as "low information populace"
Jay Bennett January 05, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sayyyyy, Mr. Hawkins; it has always been "let's pick the lesser of 2 evils". By the way; the independents will vote for Romney; if chosen; because anyone is better than the nitwit we presently have. Perhaps you should spend your time trying to help a Republican win rather than being confrontational.
Jay Bennett January 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The only looney tunes are you left-wing KookAid drinkers; say, do you think O will win those additional 7 states he thinks the U. S. has.
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