Voters bid on the ties off candidates' necks
October 10th, 2011
02:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Voters bid on the ties off candidates' necks

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – With a series of debates over the next several weeks, the candidates are likely to be at each others' throats. But it's the ties they wear around them that will be the focus of a New Hampshire fundraiser Monday night.

The Grafton County Republicans' Columbus Day auction has the GOP hopefuls surrendering their neckties for their Republican cause. Attendees will be able to bid for the ties, which the candidates will autograph and in some cases deliver personally at the dinner.

Organizers are hoping for a bidding war.

"There are people I know of who are looking forward to having one of these ties and who hopefully are going to bid pretty high on them," said Bruce Perlo, chairman of the Grafton County Republican Committee. "It might not be what they would consider high in Washington... But personally I would be delighted to own a tie worn by the future president of the United States."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's wife Ann will present a tie Romney wore in a New Hampshire presidential primary debate. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who is the keynote speaker at the event, will donate the tie from around his neck.

Businessman Herman Cain, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul and former Govs. Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer are also expected to donate ties. The group had hoped for a scarf worn by Rep. Michele Bachmann, but they had trouble reaching her campaign.

GOP Executive Committee Vice Chair Vicki Schwaegler, who helped organize the tie outreach, said local voters appreciated the candidates helping out with grass roots fundraising.

"Here we are, just this little itty bitty group in the middle of New Hampshire," Schwaegler said. "We are a small group of activists, and we vet all our candidates. This is what New Hampshire's about."

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. jeff kelly


    October 10, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. ja

    we need to gag the canidates with the ties, most are just blowing smoke

    October 10, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    I have an idea – can we strangle ALL of them with their own ties? Guaranteed that will bring in a lot of money to the economy as I'm sure they wear thousand dollar ones? Representative of me? I think not.

    October 10, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. diridi

    Didn't I write these all K'Mart Tie idiots....I told you guys long time ago...

    October 10, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I just pray that somebody, anybody, buys that yellow tie that Herman Cain has wore into the ground, and then promptly sets fire to it. Ugh.

    October 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hang 'em high....the ties I mean.

    October 10, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Worn into the ground". Pardon my grammar and syntax. Gracious!

    October 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Only a party dominated by men would think of something like this, and then have the gall to do it.. Do you really believe that the Bachmann campaign was unreachable? I don't.

    October 10, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler

    A truly Republican egalitarianism would have meant soliciting Bachmann and maybe even Palin for earrings to sell.

    October 10, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |