According to news reports, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) candidate Willard Mitt Romney’s staff doesn’t know if their boss supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; somehow that’s not all that surprising.
The Ledbetter Act, signed into law by President Obama, helps women pursue pay discrimination claims in court by extending the period during which alleged victims can sue their employers.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was quick to jump on the issue posting audio of the conference call, and especially pointing to the awkward moment of silence between the question and the staff’s seemingly blurry eyed response.
“Does Gov. Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act?” asked the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.
(Six seconds of silence)
“Sam, we’ll get back to you on that,” an unidentified aide says.
What that silence and response says is, “they didn’t know what the Lilly Ledbetter Act was”. And how exactly does a staff for a presidential campaign not know this kind of stuff? It demonstrates the “quality” of the people supposedly advising Romney, which appears to be a group of middle school students from some undisclosed small town in Utah.
The DNC’s reportedly mocking the response encouraging supporters to tweet with a new hashtag “#WellGetBackToYouOnThat.”
But wait, that’s not all, President Obama’s re-election team’s also losing no time exploiting one more “we’re out of touch moment” from the Romney camp, putting out a statement from the woman whose case inspired Obama to push for the law, Lilly Ledbetter.
“I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families,” she said. “If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.”
Willard’s staff stumbled to the defense with campaign spokesman Rick Gorka being unable to say whether or not Romney supports the Ledbetter Act, instead insisting he “supports pay equity for women.”
Gorka later emailed to clarify Romney’s “not looking to change current law.”
At least not today, this hour; but check back later – probably at the next campaign event and you’ll no doubt get another answer.
What he should have said is, “As of right this moment, Governor Romney is 100% in favor of equal pay for women; and he is absolutely committed to this issue, just as committed as he is to every issue – hey, when has he ever changed his mind?”