The man who cost Romney the US presidency


Scott Prouty: the man behind the 47% video

Scott Prouty: the man behind the 47% video

The presidential race contested by re-electionist President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney happened only in 2012 and while it is history already, decidedly won by Obama, it is good to know who the person was that made Romney lose the one election that he wanted to win badly.

It was a close race where Romney run strongly and was seemingly ahead in poll surveys until a bartender  exposed a damning film that made it easier for the middle class Americans to choose whom best to vote and shatter Romney’s White House dream.

Scott Prouty, a 38-year-old “middle class guy” from Boca Raton, Fla., publicly admitted in an interview that he was the bartender being referred to that filmed the infamous “47 percent” comment of Romney during a $50,000-per-plate fund raising campaign in a plush restaurant.

Prouty resented the fact that not because many blue collar workers like him can’t afford to spend $50,000 per person for one night and for dinner alone, that Romney could just maliciously lambaste their working class.

But, what motivated Prouty to show the tape was that he wanted all Americans to see who Romney really is and his utterly low regard for the working class by making the following unsavory comments to his supporters: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

“It was tough,” Prouty said during the hour long interview of his decision to give the tape to the magazine Mother Jones. “And I debated for a little while, but in the end I really felt it had to be put out. I felt I owed it to the people that couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought.”

“The guy was running for the presidency, and these were his core beliefs,” he said. “And I think everybody can judge whether that’s appropriate or not or whether they believe the same way he does. I felt an obligation to expose the things he was saying.”

For doing this, Prouty, as a concerned citizen, deserves to be applauded.



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