NYT quotes Austin Barbour on Romney

While donors privately worry about Mr. Romney’s ability to relate to average Americans, the finance and corporate executives he mingled with Wednesday are perhaps the group with whom he feels most comfortable — and who are equally enthusiastic about him.

“Don’t forget, New York is a town of businesspeople, investment bankers, bankers, and they respond to him whether they’re Republican or Reagan Democrats or businesspeople who used to be Clinton Democrats,” Mr. Catsimatidis said. “They love this guy because he’s a straight arrow, he’s level-headed, and he’s going to do the right thing for our country.”

Mr. Romney’s experience at Bain Capital creates a natural bond between him and his top-dollar supporters.

“Many donors are small-business owners, and they understand how bad their business has been hurt under the last three or four years of President Obama,” said Austin Barbour, one of Mr. Romney’s national finance chairmen.