It seemed like a powerful message.
On Tuesday, Priorities USA Action – a Democratic super PAC run by two former Obama White House aides and blessed by the president himself – released an ad featuring former steelworker Joe Soptic. He told a devastating story about losing his job and health insurance just as his wife got sick with what turned out to be terminal cancer. Soptics job was eliminated by Bain Capital, the company Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney helped found.
The implication was clear: Because of actions by Romney, Soptics wife died. I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what hes done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned, Soptic said.
Republicans cried foul. And soon, holes began appearing.
Soptics wife died five years after the plant closed. At the time Soptic was laid off, she had insurance through her job, which, Soptic told CNN, she lost a year or two later. Romney was running the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics when Bain shut down the company where Soptic worked.
Bill Burton, one of the founders of Priorities USA Action, appeared on CNN to defend the ad. Wolf Blitzer called it misleading.
Seeking to seize the high ground, the Romney campaign launched an ad of its own on Friday asking: Doesnt America deserve better than a president who will say or do anything to stay in power?
Priorities USA, for hitting a new low in a campaign full of negative ads, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.