This week, the American Federation of State, County, and Muncipal Employees (AFSCME) released an anti-Mitt Romney ad that criticizes Romney’s 47 percent comments with the plight of Richard Hayes, a garbage man who actually services Romney’s house and neighborhood. To Hayes, Romney’s disparaging comments prove that he — and other workers like him — are “invisible” to Romney and his ilk.
With spots that show Hayes jumping out of a garbage truck outside of Romney’s multi-million-dollar home, Hayes explains why his job as a sanitation worker is important:
“My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide — if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.”
Hayes then brings out the hammer on Romney when he says that while residents appreciate his efforts, Romney doesn’t:
“Residents do come out and shake our hands. Sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we’re doing, hand us water and Gatorades. Tell us we’re doing a good job and keep up the good work.
“Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s gonna be break down [sic]. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.”
Watch the anti-Romney ad here:
Critics of the ad say that it is unfair that people “close” to Romney are being used as “attackers.” Media news site Mediaite asked, “Are you kidding me? and mocked the ad with their own spoof:
Hi, I’m Jane Doe, and I once waited on Mitt Romney at the local Ruby Tuesday’s. I’m on my feet all day, sometimes for 12 hours at a time without a break. I’ve developed some serious back problems and I have to wear special in-soles in my shoes. Most guests tip 18-20% for the hard work I do, but Mitt Romney only tipped 15%. When I’m retired, I know I’m going to have arthritic joints. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.
While it may be easy to poke fun of the ad, the severity of Romney’s comments — and what it would mean if he actually became President — cannot be downplayed.
Indeed, Romney clearly dismissed the issues and hardships of both middle- and- working-class Americans. And while many suspected that Romney’s elitism and sense of entitlement drove his policies and worldview, never could we have imagined that Romney would do us all a favor by confirming our suspicions.
And there’s nothing wrong with AFSCME underscoring that.
In the coming weeks, AFSCME will reportedly continue to release a number of video interviews with workers that will serve as “part campaign attack, part online testimonial, part survey tool, and part recruiting tool.”
I actually look forward to seeing their ads, because if Romney doesn’t care about half of the country, then he shouldn’t become president of the entire country.