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(newsroom-l)   Romney staff found out their credit cards had been canceled while they were trying to get home   ( newsroom-l.net) divider line
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2012-11-09 09:21:03 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: If Mitt and Ann end up shot by a disgruntled staffer, does that mean we get five Batmans?


One Batman, one supervillian, one who is tragically accidentally killed in a battle between the two, and then the doctor and the other one.
 
2012-11-09 09:23:37 AM  

jules_siegel: A Reddit comment on the full extent of the ugliness:

rokkitgurl 23 points 4 hours ago*

No, they were told their expenses would be covered, regardless of the outcome that night. The Romney campaign went back on its word. Plain and simple.

One of my friends worked for the campaign. Her credit card was turned off well before midnight. In fact, it was deactivated after Pennsylvania was called, well before the end of the election night. She ended up leaving early and flew back to Minnesota that evening, on her own personal credit card. She also noted that most staffers were unable to book flights back to their home states on the cards, despite being told only hours earlier that the campaign would pay for it.

This was her 3rd presidential campaign job and says she's never been more disgusted by Romney's treatment of his staff in the final hours. She also said the McCain campaign not only paid for her flights home in '08, but she was offered a job in McCain's congressional office after the election. Most of Romney's staffers will likely be unemployed until Inauguration Day.

EDIT: She's just told me that the hotel rooms were NOT prepaid and many of the younger intern staffers, some that were paid minimum wage, were frantically calling their parents from Boston, post election morning, asking them to pay for the rooms!

EDIT 2: Just to clarify for those who messaged me... Yes, she basically was given her pink slip halfway through election night. When her card was deactivated, she knew she was unemployed at that point. It's why she flew home so soon. She was at the airport waiting to catch a redeye when Romney gave his concession speech.


Thanks for this.
 
2012-11-09 09:34:04 AM  

impaler: jules_siegel: EDIT: She's just told me that the hotel rooms were NOT prepaid and many of the younger intern staffers, some that were paid minimum wage, were frantically calling their parents from Boston, post election morning, asking them to pay for the rooms!

At least Romney taught them something valuable.


Just ask your parents! What's the problem?

The cards were cut off because Romney has dibs on the leftover campaign money. He will be millions richer.
 
2012-11-09 09:43:04 AM  
More people laid off, accumulating debt and having to rely on their parents for basic needs, thanks Obama.
 
2012-11-09 09:50:14 AM  
It's like putting the dog on the roof of the car. I'm sure it hit the younger people hardest. If the reddit comment is correct the GOP just burned the cheerleaders of the age group they need the most.

Someone asked about posting the newsroom-l item rather than the NBC link. Selfishness, I guess. It's not like the site makes any money or ever will. The source was a blog item that linked to another blog item that actually had the original link. I pulled out the part I wanted and posted it with a link to the full story, which is basically filler. I want to keep the focus on the credit card incident alone.

I haven't done much with newsroom-l in quite a while. I had to hurriedly fix the worst glitches that had crept in. Look at that -- a sentence with a split infinitive ending with a preposition. Lets have an argument about it. It will be like the EngSoc meeting in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 
2012-11-09 09:53:03 AM  

theorellior: The schadenfreude is just getting too delicious. I just think about all those cute executive assistants who must've thought Romney was SO presidential and Ryan was SO dreamy having to dig out cash for their cab fares and get all giggly.


I'll cop to enjoying the buffet of schadenfreude that we are now being served but this is just wrong.
These people (however misguided and foolish) worked their farkin' butts off for Romney...
and then are just dropped like __________ (fill in favorite example of something used and disposable).

Hey Karma? Got a job for you over here...
 
2012-11-09 09:57:05 AM  

Clutch2013: maniac


*waves hand* Be well...
 
2012-11-09 09:59:35 AM  
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2012-11-09 10:42:30 AM  
The cards were cancelled after PA came in. Even if Romney won, they'd have to pay their way home. He was done using the proles, regardless of the outcome. If he had won, it'd be the American people in general he would've left hanging out to dry.
 
2012-11-09 10:45:08 AM  
Obama should offer to pay their bills.
1) it'd be a classy thing to do since Obama really loves his campaign staff and I'm sure appreciates that the Romney field staff were just kids trying to fight for what they believe in.

2) it'll serve a political purpose to draw attention to the fact that the GOP are a-holes. Treat their campaign staff just like they do the american workers-- that they care/pay for them only up to the last second they are no longer needed, then immediately boot them to the curb.
 
2012-11-09 10:56:55 AM  
You got what you deserved for supporting such garbage.
And to top it off, you actually believed him!

Lie after lie you ignored for the sake of your party, you drank the koolaid,
and you were not smart enough to buy your tickets out of there the day before.

imageshack.us
 
2012-11-09 11:05:50 AM  

grokca: More people laid off, accumulating debt and having to rely on their parents for basic needs, thanks Obama.


That statement is pretty much untrue, except the increasing debt part, which has been happening every year since Reagan. However, Obama ended one war that Bush started (both wars off the books until Obama took office, BTW), is going to end the Afghanistan war on a defined timetable, which Ryan himself said he doesn't intend to do and we're not going into Iran, which Romney had every intention of doing.

You may slink away and make a new alt now.
 
2012-11-09 11:09:51 AM  

KarmicDisaster: impaler: jules_siegel: EDIT: She's just told me that the hotel rooms were NOT prepaid and many of the younger intern staffers, some that were paid minimum wage, were frantically calling their parents from Boston, post election morning, asking them to pay for the rooms!

At least Romney taught them something valuable.

Just ask your parents! What's the problem?

The cards were cut off because Romney has dibs on the leftover campaign money. He will be millions richer.


I don't think it works that way. Though he might manage something with sufficiently skillful money laundering, I doubt it. He'll get rich indirectly from book deals, speaking fees, and the like, but my utterly uneducated guess is that after paying himself back for any personal expenditures during the campaign, the campaign money will likely go into the general GOP coffers for use in 2014.
 
2012-11-09 11:19:21 AM  
Sucks to be the volunteers, but I'm not surprised. Decades ago I used to work in a little print shop and I learned from the owner that you never bill for campaign stuff, you require full payment from those folks up front.
 
2012-11-09 11:20:12 AM  

blahpers: I don't think it works that way. Though he might manage something with sufficiently skillful money laundering, I doubt it. He'll get rich indirectly from book deals, speaking fees, and the like, but my utterly uneducated guess is that after paying himself back for any personal expenditures during the campaign, the campaign money will likely go into the general GOP coffers for use in 2014.


Yes, Adelson gave Romney $100mill directly to him. I'm sure he's going to turn over what's left to the GOP. Because if there's one thing Romney cares about, it's the greater good.
 
2012-11-09 11:59:06 AM  
I find it amusing that members of the party of personal responsibility are choosing to blame Romney for their own refusal to buy tickets for their return flights.
 
2012-11-09 03:40:39 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I find it amusing that members of the party of personal responsibility are choosing to blame Romney for their own refusal to buy tickets for their return flights.


Have you ever traveled for business before? Ever?
 
2012-11-10 02:05:36 AM  

Ikam: The My Little Pony Killer: I find it amusing that members of the party of personal responsibility are choosing to blame Romney for their own refusal to buy tickets for their return flights.

Have you ever traveled for business before? Ever?



It's a bootstraps joke. And it works.
 
2012-11-10 08:12:17 AM  
I second the idea of the Obama campaign at least offering to cover the expenses of those Romney staffers who were left in the lurch. Because then it would force the GOP to step up and do the right thing here, else they be made to look like even bigger a-holes than they already are. It basically puts the Romney campaign back in a position they should be getting quite cozy in since Tuesday night - between a rock and a hard place.

What a weasel... and to think he was damn near our President!
 
2012-11-10 09:09:45 AM  
As someone who had one of Romney's campaign offices in the first floor of his office building and had to put up with their asshole behavior and arrogance, this story warms the cockles of my heart
 
2012-11-10 07:21:20 PM  

Clutch2013: stratagos: Thank you for all your hard work, but your services are no longer required

Suddenly, I picture Romney with an AK-47 laying waste to his entire campaign staff.

/send a maniac to catch a maniac
//blast from the past
///no way in hell this is obscure


The best part is the Republicans thought they were the ones playing Stallone. What with the black guy running around looting and destroying until he's stopped by the Italian Stallion.

/they forgot the detail that Phoenix had been set free to rampage by the smirking white authoritarian
//you can't take away people's right to be assholes!
 
2012-11-11 12:33:04 AM  
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