Romney Must Fire Andrea Saul
August 9, 2012 11 Comments
Obama’s Super PAC is running an ad claiming that Romney is responsible for the death of Joe Soptic’s wife from cancer. Soptic worked for GST Steel, which Bain Capital purchased in 1993. In 2001 GST was closed and Soptic lost his job. Meanwhile his wife had her own job and her own health insurance which she kept until she lost her job in 2003. Her job had nothing to do with Bain Capital. In 2006 she is diagnosed with cancer and she eventually dies. Keep in mind, Romney left the day to day operations of Bain in 1999 and formally left in 2002. In short, Bain and Romney had nothing to do with Soptic’s wife not having health insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
The Obama campaign is distancing itself from the claim of its Super PAC. But in doing so they have to deny that they told the same tale back in May. Anyone who believes that Obama’s Super PAC is truly separate from his campaign is fooling themselves. Both campaigns have a Super PAC and there is little doubt they coordinate together. Obama’s Super PAC is doing little more than spinning the same lie that the Obama campaign spun back in May. The difference is that now they’re getting called out for it. The truth is Bain isn’t responsible for either one of these people losing their insurance. Had Bain not purchased GST in 1993, Soptic likely would have lost his job and his insurance long before 2001. Either way his wife would have been unaffected as she had her own insurance at her own job which was wholly unrelated to Bain Capital.
The noteworthy part of this whole episode is the Romney campaign response to all of this. Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign operative and spokesman, declared that if Soptic and his wife lived in Massachusetts they would have been covered by Romneycare. Thus highlights every problem conservatives have ever had with Mitt Romney. How can he run a campaign against Obamacare when his idiot spokesman is out touting big government socialist medicine put in place by Romney in Massachusetts? Romney barely has any credibility on the issue of health care in the first place, he cannot afford to have his closest operatives undermine him further. What Saul did is give Obama a great opening. Now Obama can run around saying that Soptic’s wife would be covered by Romneycare, which he’ll of course say is the blueprint for Obamacare. Thanks a million Andrea.
Ann Coulter believes Saul should be fired and we here at Steven Birn Speaks are in complete agreement. Romney cannot afford to have his operatives making ridiculous arguments like this as it completely undermines his argument to repeal Obamacare. Not only does it hurt Romney’s credibility with independents, it disheartens his base. If there is one thing Romney cannot do under any circumstances it is disheartening the base. He needs us to come out and vote for him in November. Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting for Romney than Democrats are voting for Obama. But that can easily flip flop if Romney’s operatives continue to spout left wing nonsense that undermines their candidate’s conservative positions. Andrea Saul needs to be fired. Quickly.