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What the media doesn’t get about Romney’s wealth

Upon finishing the article I thought: here’s a candidate who will respect taxpayers’ money and who understands that government is service and not privilege. Romney can’t help that he was born to wealth. Nor should the voters punish him for adding to that wealth throughout his life. Rather we should see how Romney chooses to live despite his wealth. It finally hit me that Mitt Romney is the ultimate common-sense candidate who will restore frugality to Washington’s profligate ways. More importantly, he will do so based on principle and experience.

It’s sad that the media and far too many political analysts see success as a handicap. Certainly, Romney could have saved himself some grief had he not bet Perry. But the fallout from that comment says a lot more about the media than it does about Romney. Maybe the Times reporters intended to present a schizophrenic portrait of a man with great wealth. But for many readers like me, the story had a reverse effect. It pushed me closer towards Romney.

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times bestselling book,The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream.”