GOPocrisy, Mitt Romney, Republican-Fail — October 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Mitt Romney holds Ohio campaign event not-so-cleverly disguised as a “storm relief charity event”


Shameless and crass

Mitt Romney claimed to be suspending his campaign during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy which devastated the East Coast last night and continues to impose its wrath. However, that’s pretty much NOT what he did. Instead, an Ohio campaign event was hurriedly renamed a “relief charity event”. As the event began, the standard Romney bio video was shown on a huge screen. The press was invited, too. As John Aravosis at AMERICAblog points out, why invite the press if this is for charity???

Somebody forgot to change the sign on the door:

The press passes still called it a “Victory Rally”:

Inside, attendees’ donations of canned goods were assembled into a nice photo op for the multimillionaire.

So, without putting too fine a point on it, while President Obama coordinated the efforts of relief agencies including FEMA, Mitt Romney was staging a campaign event in a crucial swing state that was meant to look like he was “doing something”. The problem is, what is needed isn’t canned goods. It’s money.

A man worth upwards of $250 million (that we know about) made a big show of sending donations of things given by others when what is really needed is cash donations. (The Red Cross can make a dollar go WAY farther than the average American can at the grocery store.)

Ben White from Politico was pretty direct about it:

With this, Mitt Romney has effectively earned himself Scumbag Steve status:

It’s worth noting that, during the Republican primary, Mitt Romney suggested doing away with FEMA.

When asked about that today, he ignored reporters’ questions. 14 times.

In other Republican Fail news, the Gothamist ran a piece today with a title that could be off the pages of The Onion: “Bush’s FEMA Director, Michael Brown, Criticizes Obama for Responding to Sandy Too Quickly”.

Republicans have really left town for Surrealville, haven’t they? Or may Crasshypocrisytown…