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August 28, 2012

Discredited Pro-Obama PAC With New Ad Featuring "Small Business Owner" Who Was "Duped" by Romney (JWF)

You would think after the Joe Soptic debacle these Obama minions would do a better job with their Romney attack ads. You know, simple stuff like vetting the stars of their ads. Yet the amateurish efforts continue, like the alleged "Republican Women for Obama" turn out to be hardcore Democrats.

So to coincide with the start of the GOP Convention, Bill Burton's Super PAC, still licking the wounds from the Soptic ad, unveils a woman named Olive Chase, described here as a small business owner.

The ad paid for by Priorities USA Action, a super-political action committee headed by former Obama aides, features Olive Chase, a registered independent and small business owner in Massachusetts. She voted for Romney in 2002 when he won the governorship of that state and she gave money to his campaign. Ten years later, she is no longer a supporter.

"Governor Romney cares about big business; he cares about tax cuts for wealthy people, and I certainly do not believe he cares about my hardworking employees," Chase says in the ad. "I feel like I was duped by Mitt Romney. I'm going to vote for President Obama."

Just one little problem. Olive is much more than a small business owner, as noted in 2007, the year after Romney left office.
Aside from four Casual Gourmet locations, an upscale café at Cape Cod Hospital and clubhouses at the Sandwich Hollows and Captains Golf Course in Brewster, off premise catering is the mainstay of the business. It's grown to include company outings, glittery fundraising events, cocktail parties, and funerals and their list of clients reads like a "Who's Who" of the area and beyond. Despite all her success Olive still has her feet on the ground.
Obviously the Romney years took a devastating toll on Olive's business.
Today we have four food service contracts. Cape Cod Health Care is my largest client. We're known mostly for our off premise catering. We do 75 to 100 weddings off premise each year. I write 90 percent of the menus and design the events. We're the largest caterer on Cape Cod and one of the largest in Southeast massachusetts. I derive the most pleasure from event planning. I don't like to quote figures but we do about $3,000,0000 a year in catering.
Since math is so hard these days, we'll figure that sum should be $3,000,000, quite a haul for small business owner these days.

So a woman whose business boomed during Romney's reign as governor was "duped" by him. Seems more like Obama's media is being duped again by Priorities USA. We also notice Chase repeats the same line from an earlier Obama ad (coordination, anyone?) that has already been discredited.

The ad states that job creation in Massachusetts "fell" to 47th under Romney. That's a bit misleading. Massachusetts' state ranking for job growth went from 50th the year before he took office, to 28th in his final year. It was 47th for the whole of his four-year tenure, but it was improving, not declining, when he left.
We suspect much like Joe Soptic that Olive Chase won't be available for interviews.

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Crossposted by JWF upon our request. [Andy]

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