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August 11, 2012. Ashland, VA.. Truman Parmele, the owner of Ashland Coffee and Tea, said he would not host political campaign events like the Romney/ Ryan campaign that was held at a business next door to his. Parmele said he likes to keep politics put of his business..  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned through Virginia and North Carolina over the weekend, showing off his new vice presidential pick Paul Ryan. The candidates stopped at several small businesses highlighting their promise to champion the needs of business owners across the country.