Just as I was wondering how Not-So-Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s swing state
campaign rallies … erm … “storm relief events” were working out for everyone, David Badash from the marriage equality advocacy Web site, The New Civil Rights Movement, updated his report on one of yesterday’s swing state rallies … erm … “storm relief events” held in Lima, Ohio and attended by NASCAR racing star Richard Petty.
As reported in yesterday’s Addicting Info article, President Barack Obama suspended his presidential campaign to devote his full attention towards coordinating emergency efforts and assisting communities slammed by Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Not-So-Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney demonstrated his (lack of) concern for beleaguered eastern seaboard citizens by flimsily revamping his campaign rallies as “storm relief events,’ so he could safely continue his tour in unscathed swing states.
As with Vice-Not-So-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s attempt to “volunteer” in a soup kitchen earlier this month, Romney’s alleged charitable activities look more like photo opportunities that greatly inconvenience those they supposedly want to help. The Red Cross has clearly communicated on multiple occasions that when disasters like Hurricane Sandy strike, they need financial and blood donations so they can quickly and efficiently organize assistance as needed — not random assortments of cans and other emergency supplies that have to be sorted, cleaned, and cataloged. Apparently, Romney’s much-flaunted business experience isn’t terribly useful when it comes to saving communities instead of wrecking them.
In keeping with Romney’s craven opportunism, startling lack of empathy, and general disconnect with the rest of humanity — and as pointed out by Badash — the collected emergency supplies will only be sent to the swing states Romney hopes to win:
“Mitt Romney is sending the supplies he asked supporters to bring to his “non-political” campaign event today — to which Romney invited NASCAR driver Richard Petty — in the battleground state of Ohio, only to victims of Hurricane Sandy in swing states that the GOP candidate has a chance of winning: Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania — not the two areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy: New Jersey and New York.”
Since the Red Cross and other relief organizations prefer not to receive these random assortments of items — and God only knows what sort of items one might receive from Romney’s supporters — perhaps New Jersey and New York can file this in their “With Friends Like These Who Needs Enemies” Drawer. Yet, somehow, an unspecified Red Cross Warehouse announced that it would accept the donated canned goods and other supplies from today’s “Romney: Yes We CAN” swing state tour, even though this is against their stated policy. Perhaps the Red Cross would rather accept Romney’s dubious gifts than offend wealthy current and potential donors — especially since Sweden now gladly accepts unwanted items (i.e. trash) for very reasonable fees.