Supporters of former Speaker Newt Gingrich are ramping up the “bad light” portrayl of former Governor Mitt Romney. All courtesy of a super-PAC.
Mitt Romney is depicted as a financier “more ruthless than Wall Street” and a son of privilege responsible for firing thousands of workers in a film bankrolled by Newt Gingrich supporters set to be released today in South Carolina.
“Make a profit,” a laughing Romney is shown saying in the 28-minute film, obtained by Bloomberg News. “That’s what it’s all about, right?”
Release of the film, which attacks Romney’s record as the chief executive officer of the private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC, comes after the former Massachusetts governor’s victory in yesterday’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.
The super-PAC supporting Gingrich’s campaign, Winning Our Future, says it plans to buy $3.4 million of ads in South Carolina, with the Republican campaign for president focusing on the state’s Jan. 21 primary election.
The film is brutal in it’s depiction of Romney.
Among the film’s allegations, it potentially overstates Romney’s net worth and the number of homes he owns and misstates how active a role he played in Bain during a period the company owned KB Toys Inc.
“It’s absolutely brutal in its depiction of the activities of Bain Capital under Governor Romney,” said Stephen K. Bannon, a conservative filmmaker and radio host who said he had no connection to the Romney film.
Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, interviewed Barry Bennett, a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry who commissioned the film, on his show at KABC Radio in Los Angeles.
“It wouldn’t be an issue except for the fact that Governor Romney’s made it the central part of this thesis for why he should be elected,” Bannon said.
Head to the source to read the whole article. Is it an act of desperation by Gingrich and his supporters to save his campaign? Or is it a move to topple Romney and open the door for a more conservative candidate?