This now infamous video by the Obama Super PAC (Priorities USA) is one of the most offensive, misleading, and pathetic attempts at a smear to ever grace a political campaign. Shame on Obama. More shame on Obama and his miscreant surrogates for trying to deny knowledge and involvement. The Obama campaign has already included Joe Soptic in official conference calls,and in official campaign videos (wearing the same grey shirt and featuring the same hard hat).
Worse, the Obama.com website features a slide quoting Joe Soptic, with the official Obama campaign comment making the same offensive and just plain wrong implication that Bain killed his wife:
A couple quick questions: Was the Priorities USA video shot at the same time with the same crew as the Obama videos, or did they receive the raw footage from Obama’s campaign? Isn’t it illegal to coordinate your official campaign with a Super PAC?
Here is the Priorities USA smear video, pay attention to the shirt at the hard hat in the background:
Now, look at the official campaign videos from Obama, with scenes that have Joe Soptic wearing the same shirt and with the same hard hat:
Watch the Grey Shirt and Hard Hat
Reality check. Bain extended the life of GST Steel’s life by years. The plant was closed because the militant actions of Joe Soptic’s union as they refused cuts necessary to compete with foreign steel. The plant closed years after Romney left Bain. Joe Soptic’s wife had a job and medical insurance for at least a year after the plant closed. Joe Soptic’s wife died six years later, having apparently been unaware or unwilling to seek treatment.
Therefore, according to Obama, this is Romney’s fault.
Shame, Obama. Shame.
Here is some more background on the union strike that set up the final days of GST Steel.
Contract talks foundered and the union went on strike in April 1997. The first standoff since 1959 quickly turned nasty. Workers shot bottle rockets at security guards, tossed nails in the roadways to flatten the tires of nonunion trucks and pounded on the windows of vehicles as they left the plant.
During that time, negotiation for the union were being handled by David Foster, now part of the Green Jobs fraud being foisted on our suffering economy. I’d bet a little money there is a connection between David Foster, Joe Soptic, and the Obama campaign.
Via HotAir, here is the audio from the Obama campaign conference call of May 14, 2012, featuring Joe Soptic and Obama campaign official Stephanie Cutter: