The Republican Party has had a pretty difficult time finding a good candidate that can take on President Obama in the 2012 campaign for the White House thus far. The most notable candidates seem to be the ones who aren't running: Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, etc. But one Republican candidate that seems be turning a lot of heads also has a proven track record in franchising.
Herman Cain from Georgia is the Republican candidate making the most amount of buzz at the moment. He has been the leader of a number of polls held by the Republican Party. According to the AP, he is taking many of votes away from Rick Perry, just as his new autobiography rises up the Amazon book charts. Cain has a really interesting background - he's overcome both colon and liver cancer - but readers of this blog might be most interested in his background in franchising.
Not only did Cain work for Burger King at the beginning of his career, while managing 400 stores in the Philadelphia region, but he also was CEO of the Godfather's Pizza franchise. He completely transformed the prospects of the franchising. He closed over 500 Godfather's franchises, and interestingly, turned the company in a profitable business. From there, Cain segued into politics. That's quite a track record in franchising.
Whatever your political opinions are, if you care about franchising, a man like Cain would certainly be the best man to look after the franchising industry, especially in this faltering economy.