Anti-Romney ad widely blasted

Here’s the controversial ad that the Priorities USA PAC rolled out this week to attack Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on behalf of (but without “direct coordination” with) President Barack Obama:


The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org calls it “misleading on several counts,” not the least of which is that Joe Soptic’s wife five years after the steel plant closed (which was after Romney had gone to run the 2002 Winter Olympics – or did he?), and she didn’t even lose medical coverage then – she lost her own employer-sponsored coverage a year or two later, and lacked coverage after that.

The ad also has been taken to task by national media outlets including the New York Times, Politico and CNN:

That said, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul had conservative pundits such as Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh smacking their heads yesterday when she said Soptic’s wife would’ve been OK had she lived in Massachusetts because she would’ve been covered by the “Romneycare” health insurance plan her boss put into place while governor – the basis for the national “Obamacare” plan her boss now rails against.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Common Tater

    Just a typo problem. They spelled his name wrong.

    It should be “Septic.”

    ’nuff said.

  • RR senile columnist

    Maybe widower Joe will be introduced to the lively Sandra Fluke. It would cheer him up.

  • Elwood

    Obama’s record is toxic. The dimmiecrats can’t run on that so they’re reduced to telling scurrilous lies about Romney.

    Harry The Snake Reid and Stretch Pelosi are two of the worst offenders. Reid more or less admitted that he’s lying and Pelosi says that’s OK with her.

    No president has ever been re-elected with unemployment over 8%.

    Let us pray that history repeats itself.