A well-publicized weekend photo-op for Mitt Romney turns out to have been missing a piece of information that might have undermined its credibility: the unemployed single mom at the center of the event was the mother of a Romney staffer.
Local and national media outlets, including Politico.com, reported that Romney was the picture of empathy as he sat at the Marshall, Mich. kitchen table of 51-year-old Elizabeth Sachs, a single mother of two who lost her job as a retail manager – as well as her health insurance – and is running out of money as she tries to sell her house to move to Florida.
What wasn’t reported – and what the Romney campaign did not reveal at the time – was that one of Sachs’ sons, Steve Sachs, is a paid employee of Romney’s campaign, organizing five counties in Michigan.
I tried to call the Romney Campaign HQ to get Hugh Hewitt’s response, but he was unavailable. The WS branch office, headed by Dean Barnett, did have an op-ed fluffing Romney in the NY Times, though, and it featured this gem:
I hope Mr. Romney does well enough in Michigan today that he gets the opportunity to introduce the public to the real Mitt Romney. He is a wonderful and gifted guy. It would be nice if he and his campaign allowed the voters in on that secret.
Erick at Red State makes the following prediction:
I predict that, not only will he relaunch his campaign, but it’ll be themed as “unleashing the real Mitt Romney.” There’ll be a purge of consultants, etc. I take this as anticipating my prediction.
Betcha he is right.
*** Update ***
She says it’s a clear sign from God. That sign came in the form of a potato.
Marshall resident Elizabeth Sachs says she was making a twice baked potato for her son on April 4th. When she sliced the potato low and behold a figure of a cross inside.
Sachs does not believe this was a random message.
She says she was fired from her job and remains unemployed. She’s had to give up her dream home because she can no longer afford it.