Romney Small Business Supporter Has Record of Moving Jobs Out of Michigan
LANSING – On a Romney Campaign conference call this morning, originally scheduled to criticize President Obama’s handling of the economy, Romney’s Michigan Campaign Chairman went badly off script and told the truth.
Responding to a question about the auto recovery, Attorney General Bill Schuette declared that Michigan’s economy is “on an uptick.” He then went on to explain that President Obama’s supposedly anti-job policies were only affecting “the rest of the country.”
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer responded, saying: “ Mitt Romney can try to etch-a-sketch away his own failed jobs record of layoffs and outsourcing, but he can’t etch-a-sketch the fact that Michigan’s economy is improving thanks to President Obama’s decision to rescue the auto industry and invest in manufacturing and companies that create jobs here. If Mitt Romney’s own campaign chairman doesn’t even believe Romney’s hypocrisy about job creation, he’s going to have a hard time convincing voters here to ignore the facts of Michigan’s economic recovery.”
The transcript of the exchange between the reporter and Schuette is below:
ELIZABET HARTFIELD, ABC NEWS – Question for both Mr. Rhoa and Mr. Haggard. Being from Michigan and all, how have you felt the impact from the auto industry bailout, and how have you seen, sort of, that impact you in any way over the past several years?
MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE – Well, you know, Mitt Romney’s a car guy, always been a car guy, and he wants the auto industry to survive. And I’m glad Michigan, we’re on an uptick. But, you know what, the rest of the country is not, and that is really because of the failure of the Barack Obama Administration. You know, I’m, uh, we’ve heard from two small business owners here today, and the backdrop of this conversation is the fact that we had grim economic news last week, a huge loss in consumer confidence. And what’s the Obama administration response? I was struck by the fact that that here you see, Sarah Jessica Parker, this noted economist from TV encouraging young voters. And you know what young people want? They want jobs in the city. And they want paychecks in the city. And this is about the economy, and that’s what this election is all about.
Schuette’s comments came at the end of a 26 minute conference call with two Michigan small business owners, David Rhoa and John Haggard.
Earlier in the call, Rhoa had complained that rising health care costs, which he attributed to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, were forcing him to consider laying off workers – but it appears that the Romney campaign should have done a better job vetting its spokesmen.
Despite his apparent concern for creating jobs in Michigan, Rhoa himself made news not long ago for relocating jobs out of the state and into South Bend, Indiana.
As Rhoa told a South Bend business publication at the time:
“God bless the Hoosiers,” Rhoa says. “South Bend is open for business. Whether you’re dealing with residents, local businesses, the City … everyone is very open and welcoming. That’s exactly what businesses are looking for. For a company expanding here from Michigan, it was a breath of fresh air.”
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