This morning on The Morning Joe, even Mika Brzeznski called out the White House for lying about knowledge of the Priorities USA ad, which implies Joe Soptic’s wife’s death was due to Mitt Romney closing GST Steel.
Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s campaign manager, denied knowing anything about Mr. Soptic’s story even though she hosted a press conference call with him three months ago.
The ad has been proven to be materially false. Mitt Romney was not in charge of Bain Capital when GST Steel closed. Prior to it’s closure Mr. Soptic was offered a buyout, which he declined. His wife had health insurance for two years after it’s closure and her death was six years after the plant closed! Notice in the MSNBC segment that Mr. Soptic is wearing the same shirt in both an Obama administration ad and the Priorities USA ad. This seems to beg the question, were the ads shot on the same day?
It is illegal for a campaign to coordinate with a SuperPac on message or advertising.
It’s obvious from their demeanor that they are loath to do it, but kudos to MSNBC and the Morning Joe for doing the right thing!