A controversial ad from Priorities USA, a Super PAC supporting President Obama, shows the story of Joe Soptic, a former worker from GST Steel.
GST Steel was a company that closed after being bought by Bain Capital, the investment firm that Mitt Romney helped build. In the ad, Soptic talks about how Mitt Romney and Bain closed GST Steel, causing him and his wife to lose his health care. The ad then states that shortly after that, it was discovered that his wife had stage four cancer, and died 22 days later.
The ad makes Romney look like Satan. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with it.
First of all, Romney left Bain in 1999 to take over the Salt Lake City Olympics. As noted by the Washington Post this week, GST filed for bankruptcy in 2001. Romney was not involved in the decision to close the plant.
When asked about this ad, Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s reelection campaign, said on CNN “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.”
Another Obama campaign advisor, Robert Gibbs, later echoed these statements on MSNBC Wednesday morning, saying that he did not “know the specifics.” Jen Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director told reporters on Air Force One that “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
White House Spokesperson Jay Carney was even less helpful.
Stephanie Cutter knew Joe Soptic, and heard the entire story well before the Priorities USA ad debuted over the airways. It’s now obvious that she lied when trying to deny it this week. It’s highly likely that Robert Gibbs and other high level Obama campaign advisers knew Joe Soptic and his story very well. It is a violation of federal law for a campaign to coordinate with Super PACs. While it could be very difficult to prove that there was any direct coordination going on, at the very least it has now become obvious that the Obama campaign knew the specifics about Soptic, and that they lied about it repeatedly.
It also means that they knew that this ad and its attacks against Mitt Romney were blatant lies. It’s time for the American people to buckle up.
Hope and Change has now fully morphed into “Kill Romney.”