Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Uh oh! Controversy brewing with Ann Romney and Family Research Council?

Earlier reports said that his Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, would be speaking at the Family Research Council's annual Values Voters Summit, or as I like to call it - "God loves us better than the rest of you heathens and he has designated US to save America" summit. You can clearly see that she is listed in the guide below:

Since it was announced that she would be there, there was controversy about her appearing with an anti-gay hate group.

Now it seems that there has been a 360 180 degree turn. According to BuzzFeed:

Despite a program advertising her attendance at this weekend's Value Voters Summit, Ann Romney never planned to attend the social conservative conference, the campaign told BuzzFeed.

"Mrs. Romney is not scheduled to attend VVS this weekend. To my knowledge, it has not been on our schedule," said Sarah Haley, a campaign spokesperson.

As of Tuesday evening, the online schedule for the conference, which is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC), still had Mrs. Romney attending the Friday morning plenary session, from 8:40 a.m. to noon.

 . . . Sending (VP candidate Pau) Ryan to court the summit is one thing, but Mrs. Romney could risk jeopardizing her role as the soft, humanizing face of the campaign if she's perceived as engaging in divisive culture war issues. It's something she apparently realizes: Last week she repeatedly declined to answer an interviewer's questions about same-sex marriage, saying she wouldn't engage in "hot-button" issues.

Also, according to BuzzFeed, FRC gave a statement about Mrs. Romney not attending:

FRC spokesperson Darin Miller told BuzzFeed that the "people listed on the online program were those both invited and confirmed. Only the ones with an asterisk next to their names were confirmed — and Mrs. Romney never had an asterisks."

I suppose that's a reasonable explanation if you looked at the full schedule of events. The only question I have is why in the heck did FRC put her name in the program in the first place?

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Anonymous said...

Pssssttt. a 360 degree turn means you have ended up where you started. You *might* mean a 180 degree turn. Right?

Mykelb said...

Sending both Paul Ryan and Ann Romney was a bit of a hate fest on one ticket dontcha think?

Kathy Trisdale said...

Slightly off topic, but my life, my family, the restrictions on my liberty, are not "hot button topics". They are my life, my reality. Once again the GOP has found a way to dehumanize those who are not white heterosexuals.

Anonymous said...

A 360 degree turn leaves one pointed in the same direction they started....

Anonymous said...

interestingly enough as of right now (10:15 a.m. CST Sept 12, 2012) Ann's picture and name seem to have been removed from the schedule and speakers pages.

Mitts picture is still there but without an asterick