Dem strategist Hilary Rosen starts #SupportJayCarney hashtag
Democratic lobbyist and consultant Hilary Rosen, whose past rhetoric once caused White House press secretary Jay Carney to deny that she ever visited the White House, started a #SupportJayCarney hashtag on Twitter Tuesday to help Carney through his current difficult period.
“AP is not a victim. Neither are our freedoms. The Press is not immune to responsibility.
#SupportJayCarney,” Rosen tweeted Tuesday afternoon, along with a link to a Huffington Post article about Carney’s reaction to the growing Department of Justice (DOJ) scandal.
The DOJ secretly obtained the phone records of Associated Press journalists who broke a story about a Yemeni Al Qaeda affiliate’s plans to attack a U.S.-bound plane. The news organization learned of and ran the story despite the Obama administration’s protests.
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) May 14, 2013
Despite Rosen’s public support for Carney, the embattled White House press secretary once denied that Rosen ever visited the White House after she said that mother-of-five Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Rosen, as it turned out, reportedly visited the White House 35 times.
“I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen,” Carney said at an April 2012 press conference, in an attempt to further distance the administration from Rosen.
It is unclear whether the Rosen who created the “Support Jay Carney” movement is one of the three Rosens Carney says he knows.
The Republican National Committee swiftly, if not wittily, shot back at Rosen’s hashtag, tweeting, “#SupportJayCarney #Not.”