BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Mitt Romney’s fundraising visit to Boca Raton’s Woodfield Country Club Thursday Night has left at least one area man saying he will “never vote for Mitt Romney.”
The Boca Raton homeowner, whose name BocaNewsNow.com is withholding, says the security lockdown in the area of Jog and Yamato Roads prevented him from delivering an inhaler to his sick daughter for several hours. The man left his home prior to the arrival of the motorcade to obtain the inhaler at a pharmacy in the shops at Regency Court — near Woodfield — but was not permitted to return.
Stuck outside of the gates of his community, the man emailed BocaNewsNow.com:
“Mitt is going to lose my vote. I live in the Banyans of Broken Sound and cannot get to my home. Tried 3 different ways. My daughter is sick and I am trying to bring home an Inhaler I picked up at the pharmacy at Regency Court. Why don’t these fundraising events take place somewhere outside residential neighborhoods?”
Boca Raton Police say it was Romney’s choice to hold the event in the gated resdiential Woodfield Country Club community, and security is at the direction of the Secret Service.
“The candidate or incumbent decides where they are going to hold the fundraisers,” said a department spokesperson. “When that decision is made, the US Secret Service decides the security parameters (ie. Where and when they want restricted access for the dignitary) and the Boca Raton Police Department lends assistance as it is requested. Generally when the roads are shut down it is when the dignitary is moving to or from the location.”
The man prevented from delivering the inhaler concedes he never asked the police for assistance, in part due to access issues. He was unable to get close enough to anyone to request help.
Romney attended a $50,000 a plate dinner hosted by Marc Leder, a co-founder of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners.
We’ve requested a statement from the Romney campaign and will update when a response is received.
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