There are a lot of animals lovers out there and Mitt Romney is not looking too good to them when it comes to their vote for President based on how he treated his dog. Rick Santorum has been pulling what the media is calling the “Seamus card” this week when discussing Romney’s character.
Twice last week top Santorum adviser John Brabender reminded voters that Romney once drove to Canada with the family dog, Seamus, in a crate strapped to the roof of the car. And on Sunday, in response to a question from ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Santorum said the Seamus story is important.
“As far as Seamus the dog, look, all I would say is, the issues of character are important in this election, and we need to look at all of those issues and make a determination as to whether that’s the kind of person you want to be president of the United States,” Santorum said.
I have to admit it bothers me too. We have a family dog and she rides in the car with the rest of the family. I would never strap a dog to the roof of a car and take a family trip, but that’s me, I’m an animal lover. The big problem for Romney is that there are more people out there that feel the way I do and “Crate- Gate” is becoming an issue for the former Massachusetts Governor.
The Romney campaign does not have a sense of humor about the story and has kept quiet about it. The candidate has said that he loves his dogs and that Seamus enjoyed riding on the roof, even though they had to stop because the Irish Setter came down with diarrhea on the trip. At one point, months ago, he stated that they only had a station wagon back then and with 4 or 5 kids in the car, there was no room for Seamus. Wonder if he considered renting a larger vehicle so they could all fit inside? He could afford to rent any size vehicle on earth which may mean he’s a very rich tightwad in addition to an animal abuser.
Jonathan Karl predicted that the Seamus story won’t go away. “All right, well, Seamus the dog — I think we’ll be hearing more about him going forward,” he said. For more on the story, check out [Washingtonpost]