There’s campaign rhetoric expressing concern for the small business owners and then there’s how the candidate actually treats them in real life. Team Romney treated this small businessperson pretty badly. Dianne Bauer allowed Romney to use her cafe for a private campaign event in Iowa. She wasn’t happy with the with the lack of respect they showed her and her small business:
Bauer’s issues with the campaigns staffers started the night before when they started staging the cafe for the event.
She described many of their demeanors as “arrogant”.
She says her cafe was not treated with the respect it deserved.
“Stuff got broke. My table cloths they just got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room.”
They damaged equipment and broke irreplaceable personal momentos she had in her restaurant. The campaign’s attitude was, oh well — send us a bill. To add insult to injury, she wasn’t even allowed to meet Romney in person.
The only reason this became public is reporters overheard her complaining to a friend about it. Once it hit the media, Romney called her himself. She wasn’t impressed.
…She says he explained that it was just a misunderstanding that she did not get to meet him, but the phone call didn’t smooth things over for her.
“He responded ‘well, I’m sorry your table cloths got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room’ and I took it as mocking,” she said. “We’re the ones he’s wanting to get the votes from, you’d think we would have been treated better.”
She says the whole experience left her wondering.
“With how he treated me, is that how he’s going to treat others? You know, if he gets in office is he going to be that way to us little people?”
Good question. To a guy like Romney, who has lived in great wealth all his life, we’re all just the help. Add this to previous stories about Romney having bullied his classmate in high school and impersonating a police officer to intimidate friends and strangers, it begins to paint a disturbing picture of his character and his lack of respect for others.