Romney's Effort To Connect With Wisconsin Voters Meets With Derision From Democrats On Twitter
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 29 2012
Mitt Romney’s latest effort to make a joke at his own expense provided ample fodder on Wednesday for a Democratic snipefest on Twitter around the hashtag #RomneyAnecdotes.
The former governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday tried to bring about a sense of affinity with Wisconsin voters (who go to the polls in the Republican primary on Tuesday) by recalling an anecdote about his father’s own awkward political moments.
Romney’s father George was once the president of American Motors, which ran factories in both Michigan and Wisconsin. At one point, Romney recalled, his father decided to close the factories in Michigan and move them all to Wisconsin. That proved to be an awkward moment for Romney senior when years later he decided to enter the gubernatorial race in Michigan.
Both the Democratic National Committee and Barack Obama’s campaign pounced on the anecdote Wednesday afternoon, again pounding on the Republican presidential frontrunner for being out of touch for making light of factory closings.
That meme then made it onto Twitter, where Romney once again became the butt of a wave of snide remarks meant to bolster the perception of the candidate as an out-of-touch member of the 1%, to which senior Romney campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom shot back: You know what's "humorous"? Caterwauling from the Dems about Mitt's recall of a campaign story involving his dad.”