Presidential candidate Mitt Romney came to his own rescue (sort of) on a Thursday campaign stop. In defending his actions of strapping the family dog in a crate to the top of the car for 12 hours, he said “[the dog, Seamus,] scrambled up there every time we went on trips. He got it all by himself and enjoyed it.”
Don’t blame the dog for your own stupid actions.
A grown man and the head of a family needs better judgment skills — especially if that man wants to be the president.
What’s the Massachusetts penalty for animal cruelty? “Imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 1/2 years or by a fine of not more than $2,500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
More on Mitt Romney and his dog after the jump.
(Romney family photo)
From The AP via The Washington Post:
An example of Mitt Romney’s crisis management skills has turned into something of a political problem for the Republican presidential contender.
Now the story, recounted this week in a Boston Globe profile of Romney, has touched off howls of outrage from bloggers and animal rights activists even though it was presented in the story as an example of Romney’s coolness under trying circumstances.
“Massachusetts animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal `in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon,’” wrote Steve Benen in a post on the blog “Crooks and Liars.”
Romney dismissed any outcry about the 24-year-old incident, saying the dog enjoyed his rooftop perch.
Photo source: Boston Globe