In his desperation to stop the “settling” process underway in the GOP, Newt Gingrich played a late robocall asserting that Romney attempted to deny Jewish senior citizens kosher meals. It was based upon this actual event:
Mitt Romney is getting heat for a 2003 veto he cast as governor of Massachusetts to reject $600,000 in additional funds for poor Jewish nursing-home residents to get kosher meals.
At the time, Romney said he nixed the funding of about $5 per day because it “unnecessarily” would lead to an “increased rate for nursing facilities” — even as kosher nursing homes were complaining that state-funding-formula changes could force them to close their kitchens.
In other words, Mitt in 2003 had an undeniable message “Learn to vote Republican Jewish People!”
Still it was probably not the most offensive thing Romney has done in this regard.
When Newsweek magazine asked Romney if he personally had performed posthumous baptisms on anyone, author Jonathan Darman wrote, “he looked slightly startled and answered, ‘I have in my life, but I haven’t recently.’
It is well-known that for years the Mormon Church posthumously baptized non-adherents, in particular, Jewish Holocaust victims. This has been viewed in a continuum from somewhat off-putting to really effing creepy by pretty much everyone. It is also known the Romney has done this for particular individuals, such as he late father-in-law an avowed atheist.
So Mitt, any comment?