Sure, Mitt Romney may look like like the guy who fired your dad from the plant (if your father worked at American Pad & Paper, GS Technologies, or Dade International, the resemblance is uncanny because Mitt Romney was the guy who fired your dad from the plant), but he's also "lived in the economy" and has felt your pain…
Romney, a wealthy venture capitalist who has refused to release his tax returns while running for president, said during a rally yesterday, "I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip…"
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul had no specific dates or jobs to back Romney's claims, but said his "pink slip" fears occurred "while he worked his way up the career ladder."
I can well imagine the kind of "pink slip" fears a longtime employee of Bain Capital is bound to experience. Many equity- and management consulting industry professionals have a Barney Stinson-level attachment to their wardrobe of solid navy and charcoal suits, so the dry cleaning experience can be a traumatic one. Will the blazer come back in one piece? Will the suit be lonely, so far from its home? Will it feel naked and exposed, without a hundred dollar bill sticking out of its pocket?
Or perhaps Rick Perry has the right idea about something — God is really messing with us this campaign season — considering the number of layoffs at Bain-managed companies, maybe Romney feared running out of pink slips.
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