Dave Catanese at KY3 Blog has the lowdown on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's fundraising stop in Springfield today:
The crowd that emerged after seemed in good spirits, although one sympathetic man told the media he felt sorry we weren't allowed in. "That doesn't seem to be a good idea," he said, as he walked away.
After the event, Romney's press people herded us to an open room to a brief press availability. For some odd reason, the handlers didn't want microphones hanging on Romney's lapel. So we had to hold them or go with natural sound. Odd demand, but who's going to argue.
After making a brief statement and taking three questions, that was a wrap. His handlers whisked him out of the room quickly and allowed us a few minutes to set up for our previously negotiated one-on-one with Romney.
In our brief encounter, Romney was amicable and gracious with his time. He didn't seem like he wanted to reveal too much about his Mormon faith during my questioning, but he did respond to most of my inquiries. After a quick 7 or 8 minutes, I got the signal from his people to wrap up and I did.
I thanked the Governor for the opportunity and he told me "good questions," which got me worried that they really weren't. He then took off upstairs, where he raised about $30,000 at a one-thousand-dollar-a-plate lunch.