Washington — In seeking to connect to thousands of Wisconsin voters during a conference call Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney decided to break out what he thought was a humorous anecdote about his personal connection to the state.
The only problem was that the story, about his father, George, shutting down an American Motors factory in Michigan in favor of shifting production to Wisconsin, ended up highlighting the very problem that many pundits and voters have with Romney.
"Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan," Romney said during the call. "And so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”
The punch line, that his father would eventually have to cope with the fallout from the factory's closure and the layoff of more than 4,300 workers when running for governor in Michigan, exacerbated by a school band's inability to play Michigan's fight song instead of Wisconsin's, has been immediately pounced upon by his critics as a prime example of how out-of-touch the former Massachusetts governor is.