When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen stirred controversy in April by criticizing Ann Romney – wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney – for having “never worked a day in her life,” she fired up one stay-at-home mom from Auburn.
So much in fact that she launched a national campaign in support of the Romney camp.
“There comes a time when you have to get off the fence, figure out where you stand and get on board,” said Sharon Renee’, a wife and mother to three daughters.
Renee’, 53, is the founder of Concerned Moms and Dads of America, which she created out of the vision to see conservative, Christian values return to the country.
Renee’ stays politically active, moved by social issues.
To strengthen her mission, Renee’ went a step further, registering the all-volunteer organization as a Super PAC with the Federal Election Commission. The group is seeking donations, swaying votes and actively recruiting volunteers to organize rallies throughout the country.
For Renee’, it has been a daunting challenge to galvanize a force.
“To win this election, people have to get involved,” she said. “Has it been tough getting hundreds, thousands of volunteers? We don’t have those yet, but that doesn’t deter us. We just need people to step up and get involved, even in Auburn.”
Renee’ (pictured) has Rosen to thank, in part, for triggering the cause.
When Rosen said Romney shouldn’t turn to his wife for advice on women’s issues and the economy, she ignited a “Mommy Wars” firestorm.
Renee’ chose to stay home to raise three girls. Ann Romney raised five now-grown sons.
In spite of the controversy about the roles and values of women in today’s society, Renee’ insists that many stay-at-home moms, regardless of social status, are hard working, accomplished, educated women who have chosen a path.
“Stay-at-home and working moms should be respected for their choice,” she said. “They chose that (role) because that’s what we choose for our families.”
Renee’ says the female vote will be a crucial part of the upcoming election.
The Obama Administration, in Renee’s view, has produced disappointing results. It is simply time for a change in the White House.
“They haven’t produced the jobs they promised,” Renee’ said. “We need to completely revamp our welfare system, our tax code. All those things need to be changed. Our deficit is sky high. … There comes a time when we have to take back control of our money as people and quit giving the decisions over to the government … (such as) our health care.”
One of Sharon’s goals is to see the “defunding” of Planned Parenthood. Those tax dollars used to fund the taking of innocent lives, she insists, should be diverted toward adoption.
There are more concerns.
“This upcoming election may not be decided on social issues … but one big issue in voters’ minds this year will be on the balancing of the budget and cutting wasteful spending,” Renee’ said. “It is time to set our priorities as a nation and become a people of personal responsibility. … It’s time to take a stand.”
Concerned Moms and Dads of America is in the business of raising money, support and awareness.
As the summer heats up, so too will be the campaign, Renee’ says.
“We need to rally organizers, Web designers, techie people, videographers, photographers, editors, tweeters,” she said. “No matter what your talent or lack of talent is … we need you.”
To learn more, visit www.concernedmomsanddadsofamerica.org.