Mayor Nutter Keeps Up Blistering Mitt Romney Attacks
While some populist, moderate Democrats like Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Virginia Senator Mark Warner nervously support President Obama (and sometimes even criticize him), Mayor Michael Nutter continues his full court press against the former Massachusetts Governor.
Last time we heard from the mayor on Mitt Romney, he was demanding Romney release his full tax returns and, when asked about the governor’s plans for Latinos and ‘urban America,’ Nutter responded: “[Romney] leaves us with the impression that he’s never seen a Latino that he didn’t want to put out of the country.”
This time, the conference call on behalf of the Obama Campaign was regarding Romney’s time at Bain Capital, a private investment firm which Romney once headed.
Romney has been hit by both Democrats and Republicans for his time running the company. He’s been accused of running a “vulture capital” business, in which he bought out companies, then sold them when the timing was right, putting hundreds, if not thousands, of workers out of business. Romney and the Republican media has often countered these attacks, saying an attack on his time at a venture firm is an attack on the very idea of capitalism. And, therefore, an attack on America.
“Every day, Mitt Romney and his supporters and his campaign talk about his experience as a job creator, but when anyone tries to discuss that issue or his experience, we see the crocodile tears come out and the claim that those who want to explore his record don’t believe in capitalism,” said Nutter yeterday, who was the first to speak on the call with State Sen. Daylin Leach and Pittsburgh resident Randy Johnson, who claimed he lost his former job due to Mitt Romney. The Romney campaign has called stories by those like Johnson “performance art gibberish.”
Nutter went on to say Americans deserve a thorough examination of Romney’s time at Bain to determine what his economic values are.
“Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy for a short term profit for himself and his investors ahead of long term growth for the companies bought and sold were devastating for the communities where he and his partners invested,” said Nutter, who then went over the numbers: Claiming Romney bought a company in Marion, Indiana in 1994, fired the workers, hired them back at a lower cost, then ultimately fired them all again.
Nutter called Romney a “corporate buyout specialist,” whose specialty included buying companies, bankrupting them, laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.
*In one of my dumbest editorial mistakes of all time, I referred to Cory Booker as Trenton, New Jersey’s mayor. That’s not correct at all. It’s been changed.