It appears Mitt Romney thinks he’s such an exceptional and privileged individual that it’s OK for him to break the rules…wherever and whenever he pleases.
An overseas trip Presidential Republican Candidate Mitt Romney began last Wednesday and that is to last 7 days covering London, Israel and Poland, has been filled with gaffes and it is not yet half over. Perhaps that is the reason that his campaign staff is restricting media access now as Romney travels to Israel.
This restriction violates a pre-negotiated agreement made in April that gave reporters access to all events held in public spaces.
One event being restricted is a fundraising event scheduled at the King David Hotel with guests who are American big-money donors. The agreement says that a pool of television, print and wire reporters can chronicle every Romney fundraiser held in public venues. The exception is fundraisers held in private homes, which the King David Hotel definitely is not.
Romney’s several blunders during his short stay in London are likely a very trying experience for those whose job it is to make him look like an excellent statesman to the media and the world.
Since several of Romney’s wealthiest U.S. supporters plan to attend the fund-raiser which will be held Monday, it is quite suspicious to find this event closed to the press. It is especially suspicious since foreign individuals and organizations are barred from contributing to federal elections. Why is this event suddenly off-limits? Could it be that Romney wants to hide these investors identity from those of his American investors back home? Or is it about the blunders? Or could there be a plan for a SuperPAC coordinated attack, in violation of federal law? Or even, could he be attempting to raise money from illegal sources?
Rick Gorga, Romney’s campaign specialist refused to answer when pressured by reporters about the event restriction. His only comment was, “it’s closed press”.
It’s definitely a suspicious decision on the part of the Romney campaign. What is being kept from the public besides Romney’s tax returns?
- The Real Reason for the Romney London Visit: Banker Money (news.firedoglake.com)
- Romney’s Israel Fundraiser Moved to Monday 7:45 AM (gestetnerupdates.com)
- Barclays told to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney (telegraph.co.uk)
- Romney stirs Olympic tiff as European tour begins – Businessweek (businessweek.com)
- MPs tell Barclays to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney (guardian.co.uk)
- ‘Like Mr. Bean,’ but American: U.K. press turns against Romney after one day in London (news.nationalpost.com)