DES PLAINES - Tuesday night in Des Plaines, Illinois Women for Romney rallied with the growing URF Women's Network, connecting Republican women, prolife and Tea Party groups with conservative women in Illinois to support Mitt Romney for president. The ad hoc coalition called for women to work in their communities to oust anti-liberty elected officials and elect freedom lovers like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Cafe La Cave was filled with Romney supporters from the suburban area. Several shared their reasons for supporting Romney, including Christina McGrath of McGrath Auto Motors, Dr. Barbara Bellar, businesswoman Raquel Mitchell, author Jan Mareno, U.S. Air Force veteran Veronica Vera, and IR editor Fran Eaton. WIND' 560 AM's Amy Jacobson emceed the event, along with URF Women's Network Director Deb Kraulidis.
The women defied a Republican war on women.
"We cannot have women voting for Barack Obama," said the Illinois Romney for Women co-chair Janel Landon. "Have you had enough of our rock star president? Have you had enough of his hope and change? Are you ready for our country to elect Mitt Romney?"
"We need women to spread the word about Mitt Romney. GOP stands for the 'Great Opportunity Party." Christina McGrath, co-owner of McGrath Auto Group, said. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan stand for everything I believe in -- individual liberty, personal responsibility and success through hard work and ambition."
Dr. Barbara Bellar, a medical physician and attorney running for the 18th Senate District, reviewed Obamacare atrocities. Bellar spoke standing behind the podium on a 3 inch loose leaf binder filled with the short version of Obamacare legislation.
"I'm speaking as a licensed physician who has seen the slow erosion of the continuity of medical care being stolen from the citizens of the United States. I'm also speaking to you as a licensed attorney in Illinois who knows that the answer to everything in law and government is 'it all depends,' and I am speaking to you as a previous Benedictine nun and always as a Christian, who sees that our religious freedom is now being disregarded and mocked."
"Real reform is possible once Obamacare is repealed," Bellar said. "Join me in saying, 'Hands off our health care!"
Jan Mareno, a personal branding consultant and author, said "I am an entrepeneur and what I see scares me to death because there are so many regulations and so much paperwork to do that it's unbelievable for a small business person. What I do is help people reinvent themselves. And what we need to do is reinvent this country."
"What are you Republicans thinking this time, with that Paul Ryan up there. You know he hates black people, how you gonna vote for him?" Raquel Mitchell said her father asked her recently.
"I have no choice," Mitchell said. "As a black woman, my skin is black. It doesn't wash off. But I'm also American. My colors are red, white and blue," she said to a cheering audience. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe I can do anything I want to do. They don't have to help me. I'm free to succeed or fail on my own."
Veronica Vera shared her perspective as a U.S. Air Force veteran on Romney and IR editor spoke about the need to pass on a free America to the generations to come.
There's also more info at Illinois Women for Romney Facebook.