Mitt Romney makes brief stop in Burnet



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Mitt Romney stands with James Oakley, candidate for Burnet County Judge,and W.T. Smith, Burnet County Sheriff, left.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a brief stop at the Burnet Municipal Airport Friday afternoon, where he spoke with several of his Republican supporters. James Oakley, candidate for Burnet County Judge, and W.T. Smith, Burnet County Sheriff, were on hand to greet Romney. Only a few other supporters were there because it was meant to be a low-key affair.

Romney was flying from Houston on his way to Utah. Romney participated in a Republican fundraiser, along with one of his supporters from the area. The supporter offered Romney the use of his Lear jet. The supporter did not want to be identified.

Neither Oakley nor Smith had met Romney before. “I was honored to meet him, I supported him when he ran for president,” Oakley said, adding that he was proud Romney “carried Texas.”

“I admire what he stands for and I hope he stays involved,” he said.

Smith reiterated Oakley’s sentiments.

“He’s an ethical person and a man of integrity,” Smith said.

Oakley is running for Burnet County Judge unopposed in November.

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