Romney's Skynyrd: Johnny Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead Singer Endorse Romney For President and Yoko For FL Representative
Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant is looking to make a new name for the band in Republican politics.
The singer recently lent his star power to Florida Republican Ted Yoho, who scored a surprise upset of Rep. Cliff Stearns in a congressional primary earlier this week. Van Zant is also supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, and will be on hand at the Republican National Convention where the band is slated to perform alongside Trace Adkins and Kid Rock.
“I hope whoever wins come November, whether it be Romney, or [Obama], they put this country back on track,” Van Zant told POLITICO. “I did not vote for President Obama … now he’s the president of the United States. Whatever happens we have to support him. We have to be good Americans and stand by our president.”
Still, Van Zant said he’s skeptical of Obama’s policies.
“His whole platform was change, change. Well, very little has changed I know for the people that are our fans,” Van Zant said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve heard the president go we’re asking the rich to take a little bit more in taxes. Well, that’s not asking, that’s telling. I still believe in the trickle-down effect.””
And he’s tired of the endless campaigning.
“I’m just hoping we get to November and everybody survives,” Van Zant said. “If it was me, I don’t think I’d run any of those commercials. I get so sick of them. … I understand the value of them, but I think most people have made up their mind who they are going to vote for anyway.”
Van Zant, a former Democrat, says he was inspired by President Ronald Reagan.
“I loved Ronald Reagan. I believed in what he was saying. I believed that he was going to take care of national security and as far as I’m concerned I think he’s one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had,” Van Zant said. “I hope whoever wins in November does as good a job.”
But just because they are playing in Tampa, at a concert to raise money for wounded soldiers, doesn’t mean all the band members are Republicans.
“We’re always back and forth,” he said. “Surprisingly, we’re not that far apart.”
Interesting that a former Democrat both endorsed Mitt Romney and didn’t endorse him at the same time.
On second thought, he’s the perfect person to endorse and not endorse Mitt Romney. He’s flip-flopping like him already.