the ‘bain’ of mitt’s presidential hopes…..

GOPolitico “exclusively” showed this unaired 1994 ad on their site today, accompanied by an unusually truthful ‘hit piece’ about a Republican:

A company that laid off hundreds of employees. A federal “bailout” to rescue a failing bank. Mitt Romney, at the center of it all.

It’s a story line from a tough Democratic ad that was teed up for use against Romney in his 1994 Senate campaign in Massachusetts. The spot, which was provided exclusively to POLITICO, never actually aired. But it’s all but certain that some version of its allegations will surface in the GOP primary or the general election, if Romney makes it that far.

That ad would have been damaging had it appeared when it was produced nearly two decades ago. But it could take on new relevance in a 2012 campaign in which Romney is touting his business career as proof he can lead a national economic turnaround.

When Romney challenged Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, it was his connection to those two companies that played a significant role in sinking his campaign as Democrats tied him to plant closings and worker firings.

In 2012, those familiar attacks from his past are likely to take on a new potency: Bain Capital’s involvement in mass layoffs is likely to haunt Romney in a campaign focused on jobs. Other episodes, such as the claims that Romney benefited from a federal bank rescue, could ignite anew.

… According to former Kennedy advisers, the ad never ran because it turned out to be unnecessary: Kennedy had already broken Romney with a series of ads tying him to layoffs in Indiana.


Love it. But it’s interesting that GOPolitico is going all out to sink Romney …. not conservative enough?

7 Responses to “the ‘bain’ of mitt’s presidential hopes…..”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    July 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    If Romney had a serious primary challenger he’d already be sunk because he could be attacked on this and Romneycare mandate and covering abortions.

  2. 2 gd4obama
    July 15, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Ouch! When would these people realize that government is NOT a business!

    As Gov., Mass. ranked 47th in job creation = yeah…sure..whatever no problem
    Mass. ranks, what, #2 in healthcare = Mittens can’t run away fast enough, big problem

    Now what is wrong with this picture?

  3. July 15, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Chipsticks, I don’t know if anyone saw this when I posted it earlier and this seems like a better place to anyway.

    I think these are the ads with workers from SCM (AmPad) talking about losing their jobs because of Romney: http://vimeo.com/12299426

    I hope his track record hits him again, the way it did in the mid-90s.

  4. 4 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 15, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Wow, If the Democrats don’t use this video to their advantage in the general election I won’t know what to say about our party. Why haven’t Mitt’s GOP opponents used this against him? Obviously they aren’t serious about winning the nomination. It appears like they want Mitt to win for any chance at a Rethug making the Whitehouse. The Teapublicans are a strange and bizzare lot.

  5. July 15, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Chickens coming home to roost. Mr. job creator, Mr. no federal stimulus. I would like to hear Chris Matthews, ha, at the end…. What a joke and I wonder how he will swirm his way out of this one..

  6. July 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Governor Romney’s state was 47th in job creation. It’s like Bachmann when she talks of being able to create jobs. Well Mrs. Bachmann you are in Congress, why aren’t you creating the jobs now, today? People need them now, not if you get in the oval office, God Forbid.

  7. 7 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Hook, line and sinker. 2012 here we come.

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