A robocall has been circulating throughout Florida charging former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with forcing Holocaust survivors in a nursing home to eat non-kosher meals. (Transcript as follows):
As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes — Holocaust survivors, who for the first time were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.
Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the campaign paid for the robocall. He declined to comment further.
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul blasted the tactic and questioned Gingrich’s own ethical baggage.
“It’s sad to see Speaker Gingrich lashing out in a desperate attempt to try and save his floundering campaign,” Saul told The Daily Caller.
“Speaker Gingrich will say anything to distract voters from the fact that he suffered an unprecedented ethics reprimand, was forced to pay a $300,000 penalty, and resigned in disgrace at the hands of his own party. His record is one of failed and unreliable leadership and simply one Americans can’t risk.”
Commentary magazine’s Alana Goodman noted Monday that although Romney did indeed veto legislation providing kosher meals, ultimately that veto was overridden and facilities were able to keep their kosher kitchens open.