Mitt Romney Lost The Election Because Of A Bartender From Florida
The photographer behind the infamous “47 percent” video of Mitt Romney has finally stepped forward. His name is Scott Prouty, and he was a bartender at a Florida fundraiser where Romney was speaking.
Prouty says he brought his camera hoping to get a picture with the former Massachusetts governor.
Making his first public appearance on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, Prouty described his upbringing as “blue-collar Boston,” and suggests that he became offended as he heard Romney criticize the poor at a $50,000-a-person fundraiser:
[N]obody I know can afford to pay $50,000 for dinner… I just don’t know anybody that can do that and, in a way, I just felt like, if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there’s a lot of people that can’t afford to pay $50,000 for one night, one dinner, and I felt an obligation for all the people who can’t afford to be there.”
In the now-fateful speech, Romeny said that 47 percent of voters would vote for Obama “no matter what,” because they are supposedly dependent on government, falsely victimized and entitled, and they pay no taxes. The dissemination of the video had an immediate effect on Romney’s standing in polls, and is believed to have played a role in his ultimate loss (aside from the “47 percent” claims being just plain factually incorrect, and a rehashing of common conservative bogeymen).
Interestingly, Prouty was initially more interested in Romney’s comments on a Chinese factory he invested in as a leader of Bain Capital. Elsewhere in Prouty’s video, Romney speaks proudly about visiting the factory, which was ringed with barbed wire and guard towers, and where employees slept in bunks of twelve to a room.
After the election, Romney continued to blame Obama’s “gifts” to minorities for his loss. Satirical newspaper The Onion blamed the loss on Romney “successfully communicating his message to minorities.”
Prouty claims he did not release the video at first, fearing the loss of his lucrative bartending gigs. But when he did decide, he became his own best publicist, posting the video everywhere he could think of.
Amazingly, the now-viral sensation didn’t take off. Prouty eventually got in touch with James Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter, and an expert in “gotcha” videos. Carter helped Prouty connect with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, who had written critical investigations of Romney, and is generally credited with “discovering” the video.
Prouty claims he did not come forward until now because he did not want to distract from the message of the video.
Conservatives and Ayn Rand acolytes talk about “moochers” and “takers,” as if the impoverished and those on government aid are all welfare queens far off in some gutter. I wish they would notice all of the people whose menial labor makes their lives possible, (not to mention the senior citizens and veterans who make up huge portions of those receiving government assistance) . Maybe after Prouty’s video, they’ll think twice.
[via Huffington Post]