Monday, February 6, 2012
Did Mitt Romney Drive Through a Car Wash with His Dog on the Roof?
The Boston Globe published an article this morning written by Neal Swidey, the reporter who first uncovered the Mitt Romney dog abuse story in 2007. In today's article, Swidey reminisces about the story and why it just won't seem to go away. You can read it here.
But I noticed something troubling in the article. The original story claimed that Mitt Romney strapped his dog to the roof of the car in a crate and drove the family 12-hours to Canada. Along the way, the poor, scared dog (Seamus) had a bad case of diarrhea (some say in fear) that ran down the side of the car. Romney stopped the car at a gas station, the story went, and hosed down the poor beast and car before getting back on the road.
But is that what REALLY happened?
In today's article, Swidey reveals that in the first version of the story he'd heard from a Romney "family friend," Mitt Romney did not hose down the dog but instead "drove the station wagon right through a car wash" with poor Seamus strapped atop!
Knowing he had a remarkable story in his hands, Swidey says, he worked diligently to ensure he had every detail correct. He spoke to Tagg Romney, one of the Romney children who was in the car at the time. "Far from being tone-deaf, Tagg realized as I dug deeper that the story could cause his father grief," Swidey wrote.
And the story changed.
So, Mr. Romney, what is the REAL story?