As I asked in the title of this entry, when is “storm relief” not “storm relief?” The answer is simple…when Mitt Romney’s involved!
On Monday Romney’s campaign announced Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would focus their efforts Tuesday on helping people affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, earning the campaign some praise for putting aside politics to focus on relief efforts.
However, it certainly seems the Romney/Ryan campaign’s Hurricane Sandy “relief efforts” are nothing more than politics as usual.
Here’s a photo (via Ari Shapiro’s Twitter feed) of a press credential from a Hurricane Sandy “relief rally” held yesterday by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
Clearly Mitt Romney has declared “Victory” over Hurricane Sandy.
As noted by Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post, Romney held a rally on Tuesday as part of his campaign’s “storm relief” effort, but the event was held in Ohio, which is not just far from the epicenter of the storm’s devastation but also happens to conveniently be a crucial swing state for Romney’s presidential campaign.
So while Mitt Romney and his campaign handlers thought it would be a fine idea to hold a campaign event/photo op designed to make it look like Romney was “doing something” in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it turns out Romney’s efforts may not have been that helpful after all.
Red Cross tells us grateful for Romney donation but prefer people send money or donate blood dont collect goods NOT best way to help #Sandy
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 30, 2012
And while Mitt Romney has been floundering around trying to look at least a little presidential in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the actual president, President Barack Obama, has been “incredibly supportive and helpful” and “deserves great credit” in the words of Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a state that has been absolutely devastated by Hurricane Sandy.