It seems Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is having a rough trip to South Carolina. When he arrived, Romney was confronted with a protestor standing near a stuffed dog in a dog cage strapped to a van roof. The protestor held a sign stating, “Dogs Against Romney.”
Apparently this was to remind everyone of the 1983 incident when Romney traveled with his dog in a carrier strapped to his car roof. To add to the confusion, Republican supporter John McCain mistakenly referred to Romney as “President Obama” during a South Carolina rally.
The dog incident from the 1980s continues to haunt Romney today. In 2007, The Boston Globe reported Mitt Romney made a road trip with his family from Boston to Ontario. Romney was taking his family for a summer vacation at his parents' cottage on the shores of Lake Huron where he stayed as a child.
Romney put the family dog, an Irish setter named Seamus, in a dog carrier. He then attached it to the station wagon roof rack. Romney built a windshield for the carrier so the ride would be more comfortable for the family pet.
According to The Boston Globe, “The ride was largely what you'd expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the 'white whale.'”
The article continues, “As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. 'Dad!' he yelled. 'Gross!' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.”
In finality, “As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”
After the article was released, PETA President, Ingrid Newkirk, said, “First, as a charity we can’t and don’t endorse or oppose any candidate for public office, but I can say (and not just as a person who grew up with an Irish Setter!) that any individual who does something like that may have what scientists term the absence of the mirror neuron, i.e., a pin-pointable absence in the brain of the characteristic which allows the individual to feel basic compassion. The implications are frightening.”
According to Toxic Hominid, Tyler Jones, a spokesperson for the group SC Forward Progress, stated, “Anyone who would strap their dog to the top of a moving car has neither a soul nor a brain. Mitt Romney obviously does not share our South Carolina values. South Carolinians deserve to know about Mitt Romney’s history of animal cruelty. We do not strap our dogs to the tops of cars in this state. Not only is it illegal, it’s downright cruel. Mitt Romney is an odd man with a very strange past. He needs to apologize to all the dog lovers in South Carolina and hope the voters of this state don’t treat him the same way he treats his pets.”
Today the ABC News blog reported about the protestor greeting Mitt Romney at a campaign stop with a stuffed animal dog in a cage pinned to a van roof, holding a sign stating, “Dogs Against Romney.” Emily Friedman of ABC posted a photo on Twitter of the protestor.
In the following video, Romney admits to the dog incident and states, “PETA has not been my fan over the years,” and claims, “they're not happy my dog likes fresh air.”
Image Source: Twitter Emily Friedman