Mother of fallen soldier says Romney "abusive": “I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call... I'm a busy man."


Ann Romney was on The View and said that then-Governor Mitt “went to every funeral” of soldiers from the Commonwealth. Apparently, Ann had a case of Romnesia, because that wasn't exactly true, he missed two. One was that of Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas Schiavoni who was killed by an IED in Iraq in 2005.

The following is from the Talking Politics blog at

Hold on to your hat:

And in one of those cases, a Gold Star mother claims that, far from comforting, Romney left insensitive phone messages – messages that she calls “bullying” and her husband describes as “abusive.”

“I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call,” Romney said on one of the voice mail messages, according to Stephany Kern, speaking at her Westerly, Rhode Island home this past Saturday. “Here I am making a second call; I haven’t heard from you.” [...]

Only Romney, she says, complained in a second message that she had not called back.

“He was completely unable to understand that a mom was not going to return his phone call, and that it wasn’t a priority for me,” she says. “I wasn’t being disrespectful. I was being a mom who was greeting the casket of her son coming home from war.”

She says that Senators Kennedy and Kerry called other family members to ask when it would be appropriate to contact her again.

Steve Kern, Stephany's husband, heard Romney’s second and third messages:

He recalls Romney saying in one: “I’m a busy man.” He describes Romney’s tone as “disrespectful,” “antagonistic,” and “absolutely inappropriate to use on a Gold Star mother.”

Stop it! This is hard! I can't call everyone, you know! I'm constantly running for office, for Pete's sake!

America first! Support the troops!

So much for character and compassion, so much for caring about military families. Once a bully, always a bully. Of course, he'll have Romnesia about all of this, and the GOP will blame President Obama.

H/t: Angie Coiro