American Bridge, a group dedicated to holding Republicans accountable for what they say and do, sends trackers to various events around the country to make sure they’re being kept honest. Yesterday, when multi-millionaire Mitt Romney was in Michigan to promote the Senate candidacy of multi-millionaire Terri Lynn Land, an American Bridge tracker was there with a ticket in hand.
He didn’t get far. Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell kicked him out of the so-called “public event”. Here’s the audio:
Here’s some of the press that event received:
Detroit Free Press: “The event is open to the public.”
The Detroit News: “The event is open to the general public, according to state Republican Party.”
and: “The rally was open to members of the public who pre-registered with the state Republican Party.”
CBS Detroit: “Romney is holding a ‘CoMitt to the Comback Rally’ rally at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at Laurel Manor in Livonia. It’s open to the public.”
During the rally, which neither Gov. Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley attended, there was no mention of Romney’s “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” New York Times op-ed or of Land’s support of Romney’s position that our domestic automakers didn’t deserve assistance from the federal government to keep them afloat during the Great Recession. There was, of course, plenty of mention of the Keystone XL pipeline since Land’s friends and benefactors Charles and David Koch have such a huge financial stake in it. There was also the obligatory statements about “repealing and replacing Obamacare” despite the fact that most sensible Republicans have scratched that out of their stump speeches lately. Not Land, of course.
Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak, fresh off his disgusting harassment of an elderly woman under hospice care pushed the laughable idea that 2014 is going to be another wave election for Republicans, saying, “We swept the ticket in 2010…and we’re going to do it again in 2014.” As if.
Land, of course, didn’t take any questions from reporters at the event. She was asked a couple as she and Romney shook hands with supporters after the rally but quickly fled before things got too … um … questiony.