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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Kessler Ratchets Up the Romney-Fluffing
Topic: Newsmax

Mitt Romney surrogate Ronald Kessler lays his trademark Romney-fluffing on thick in his May 21 Newsmax column, in which he enists Romney's siblings to spin away the idea that Romney is a "spoiled rich kid" and vouch for the good character of their parents:

Democrats are portraying Mitt Romney as a spoiled rich kid. But the Republican presidential candidate’s upbringing was not much different from that of any middle-class kid.

To be sure, his father George W. Romney was CEO of American Motors. The Romneys lived in the tony suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. where Romney attended the private Cranbrook School.

But if the family was well off, it had little impact on Romney’s upbringing. Like most other kids, Romney worked summer jobs. His sister Jane Romney, an actress in Beverly Hills, remembers that she was only allowed to buy one new dress a year.

“I always hated the word privileged, and I never thought we were,” Jane Romney tells me. “My dad grew up with nothing. His father went bankrupt twice when my father was a kid. I walked from my own house to school from the time I was little, in winter as well.”


Even though Mitt was the youngest of his parents’ four children, he was their dad’s most able questioner, says his brother G. Scott Romney, a Michigan lawyer. When their father held family meetings to tell them he was thinking of running for office, Scott recalls, “My sisters and I would say, ‘Gee, that sounds fabulous,’ while Mitt would say, ‘Well, have you thought about this?’”

Mitt’s disposition was like his mother’s.

“My mother was a great diplomat,” Jane says. “My dad was not known for his diplomacy. He was more of a hothead and spoke from the gut. But my mother had been an actor, and she had a lot of grace.”

If Kessler is being this embarassing now, imagine how he'll be this fall.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:26 AM EDT

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