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Supervisor: Paul Ryan campaign event, "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space," violated county rules


One might conclude that Paul Ryan felt "entitled" to break a few county rules when he held a rally for thousands in a local airport hangar in Wisconsin.

Via JS Online:

A Nov. 5 rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at a county-owned Mitchell International Airport hangar violated county rules and lease terms for the firm that rents the space, a county supervisor said Wednesday.

Supervisor Patricia Jursik called Ryan's election eve rally "a highly inappropriate use of hangar space." She said the rally violated the county's hangar lease with Sterling Aviation, where Ryan spoke to more than 2,000 supporters.

"It turned that hangar into a big convention hall," Jursik said in an interview.

He also caused traffic jams and violated the county ethics ordinance, but who's counting?

In case anyone is wondering, Supervisor Jursik is an independent, so this wasn't about politics.

The airport manager said Ryan was originally given approval because they thought it would be nothing more than a landing and takeoff, as other national candidates have done. But it turned into something bigger and "inappropriate," you know, kind of like the Romney-Ryan campaign.


Chris Christie: "Know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers...don’t like... that I said nice things about the president"


There was a story that was widely reported about Chris Christie turning down a request from Team Romney to appear at a rally with him. Today Christie is shooting that down with both barrels. He said that had it not been for SuperStorm Sandy he would have been campaigning for Romney and that he did, indeed, vote for him this morning.

He further corrected the record by saying that there was never any invitation to appear in Pennsylvania in the first place. Christie went on to say that he spoke to Romney directly to let him know he'd be preoccupied with his post-storm responsibilities, which of course would prevent him from campaigning anywhere.

And then he said this (via Roll Call):

All this other noise, I think, are coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who — you know — don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them,” Christie said. [...]

“I think that Gov. Romney’s going to win tonight, so these disgruntled Romney staffers will be looking for White House offices, but the fact is, right now, they’re not so sure about that so they’re looking for people to shoot at,” Christie said.

I wouldn't be so sure either. Look who his competition is.


VIDEO: Jay Z introduces Pres. Obama in Columbus, Ohio. Entire speech by the president.




Frostbitten attendees can't leave Romney rally: "My son is on the verge of hypothermia." "I feel like a caged animal!"


Via USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich's Twitter stream:

Family values!

Seriously, is the Romney campaign so desperate for huge crowd sizes that they have to take their attendees prisoner? Do appearances mean more to them than the safety and well-being of their own supporters?

Actually, yes. They have indeed photoshopped crowds, and they have no interest in the safety of average Americans. See: Medicare, voucherize.

H/t: John Aravosis at AMERICAblog


VIDEO: Glad you're amused, Mitt, but climate change isn't funny. Ask Hurricane Sandy victims.


The other day I posted VIDEO flashback: Mitt Romney mocks “rise of the oceans” in which I asked, did he help the families who suffered as a result of Hurricane Sandy? Or just those in swing states? 

He pretended to care about those families at something he called a “storm relief event," but it was actually a self-serving prop dispensary disguising a campaign rally.

He doesn't care about anyone but himself and his own ambitions. This new ad effectively says it all in only 30 seconds:

: Mitt Romney's mockery of the threat of climate change came soon before the savagery of Superstorm Sandy.


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VIDEO: Mitt Romney equates a "devastating, gigantic, national disaster" with "helping Mitt Romney get elected."


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Rachel Maddow blasted Mitt Romney and his fake-"storm relief event" as the self-serving, opportunistic, exploitative sham that it was. This is who Republican voters would be proud to have as their next president? Really?

"Mr. Romney never stopped campaigning..."

"It would be coarse to keep campaigning... They  had to seem like they were being sensitive to the [Hurricane Sandy] crisis"

"The Red Cross does not want your cans, they want your money. And your blood donations."

"This is a real disaster. This is not a plot in a sit-com about how to run for president. This is a real disaster, an ongoing, affecting millions of Americans. And real help really is needed. And that is not the same thing as using the suffering of millions of Americans as an occasion to accrue political capital for yourself by trying to create the appearance that you are helping when you are not bothering to actually try to really help. That is something very different.

"Helping people who are suffering with their lives in danger because our fellow Americans have been affected by a devastating, gigantic, national disaster in our biggest population center is pretty much the same thing as-- helping Mitt Romney get elected! Pretty much the same thing, right? We all come together, right?"


Romney campaign rally, er, "storm relief event" provided props. Attendees then "handed their 'donations' to Romney."


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In the video above, Rachel Maddow recaps Photo Op Mitt's Big campaign rally, er, “storm relief event and points out how he avoided any questions about his 2011 remarks at a GOP primary debate at which he suggested that federal disaster relief is “immoral.”

Of course, had Photo OP Mitt bothered to check their website, he'd have noticed that the Red Cross doesn't accept certain types of donations because they actually make their work harder, exactly the type of useless "goods" Photo Op Mitt collected and, oops! provided to attendees as props. Some leader.

Via BuzzFeed:

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. [...]

Empty-handed supporters plead for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?"

The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said.

Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney.

There isn't an "in-touch" bone in Willard M. Romney's body. To him and his running mate, the one who fake-washed pots at a homeless center, America is nothing but a stage and we 47% (make that 99%)--along with a few pots and pans and granola bars-- are their props.