Dem advisor slams Ann Romney for staying home to raise 5 boys
Updated: 04/12/2012 at 2:59 pm EST
April 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After a Democratic advisor bashed Ann Romney for never having a job, the wife of the GOP presidential frontrunner lost no time defending her choice to raise five boys rather than pursue a career outside the home - a choice one of her own sons jumped to defend as well.
ABC News reports that Mrs. Romney, mother of five and grandmother of 16, made a well-timed debut on Twitter only moments after Democratic National Committee advisor Hilary Rosen bashed Ann Romney’s lifestyle choice. “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” Rosen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Mrs. Romney’s response on Twitter, the first statement on the new account @AnnDRomney, was swift.
“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted, in a message the Romney campaign confirmed as authentic.
In response, Rosen tweeted several messages defending her statements. “I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t,” stated one tweet.
Mrs. Romney wrote in her second tweet, “all moms are entitled to choose their path.”
ABC notes that the Twitter spat arose as Mr. Romney finished a round of campaigning highlighting the Obama administration’s “war on women” through the president’s economic policies.
One of Ann’s sons, Josh Romney, also took to Twitter to let the world know he was proud of his mother and grateful for her choice.
“@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman I know,” Josh, who is the second oldest, tweeted. “Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.”
Meanwhile, both Republicans and the Obama campaign condemned Rosen’s remarks, with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina calling the remarks “wrong” and saying the Democrat should apologize.
Rosen, who has raised twins with her now-estranged lesbian lover Elizabeth Birch, responded to the blowback against her remarks by saying that she has also had children and “it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.” “It’s strategic to attack me rather than talk about the issues,” she said.
Rosen is a former executive director for the Human Rights Campaign, which she led for eight years.
In an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Mrs. Romney expanded on her remarks, saying that, “We have to respect women in all the choices they make,” and that Rosens’ suggestion that Romney does not undrestand women’s needs bothered her.
“Raising children, it’s for me the most important thing we can do ... Mitt said to me more times then you can imagine, Ann, your job is more important than mine.”
Jim Geraghty of National Review notes that, despite the distancing by Obama’s staff, Rosen is very closely linked to the White House, which has logged 35 visits from her. By comparison, the Secretary of Defense has visited 12 times.
A Washington Post reader poll on Thursday found 97% agreeing that Rosen’s criticism was out of line.
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