Willard Romney uses this “humorous” little memory to show how close he feels to the people of Wisconsin. Via JSOnline:
“One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”
Boy howdy, can we ever! What a knee slapper!
Romney said he recalled a parade in which the school band marching with his father’s campaign only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan song.
“So every time they would start playing ‘On, Wisconsin, On, Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,” said Romney, laughing.
No, you can be sure they didn’t want people to be reminded of that… but they will be now. And, hey, what a coincidence, that reminds me of something else:
Bain Capital’s involvement in mass layoffs is likely to haunt Romney in a campaign focused on jobs.
As Rick Perry would say, “Oops.”
Talk about out. Of. Touch. Not to mention downright callous.