Thursday, March 15, 2012

URGENT CRATE-GATE UPDATE: Did Mitt Romney Lie About Fate of Seamus?

We all know the sad story of Seamus, the Romney family Irish Setter who was strapped to the top of the Romney station wagon for at least one 12-hour trip to Canada – and who at least once pooped himself in fear and, after being given an “emotion-free” hosing down by Mitt Romney, was placed once more atop the car for more terrifying hours on the highway.

The Romney family has said previously that Seamus was given away to Romney’s sister after this fateful trip, and lived out the last of his days on a lovely farm. 

But now new questions emerge.

According to Hunter Walker, writing for the Politicker NY, a blog of the New York Observer, Mitt Romney “may not have told the whole truth about the scandalous tale.”

According to a “trusted Politicker tipster,” Walker says, “two of Romney’s sons had an off-the-record conversation with reporters” in which they revealed that Seamus actually “ran away when they reached their destination” in Canada.

As of this writing, says Walker, “the Romney campaign has not responded to multiple requests for comment on this story.”

What is the truth about Seamus' fate? Did he live out his days on a bucolic farm, as Romney has said? Or was he abandoned somewhere in Canada, alone, to fend for himself?


Update: Here's more from The Atlantic Wire: "Crate-Gate" Plot Twist

Rusty


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24 comments:

CanadianforSeamus said...

knowing what we know about Romney - the later is more likely.
Let's hope he got refugee status and became a Canadian citizen in a good home!! :-)

Anonymous said...

This is just so wrong, on many levels. First and foremost, the dog should have never been put in that situation. Second, if Romney's claim that the dog lived the rest of his life with the sister turns out to be false, that would indicate that Romney is deceptive. I am a Republican, and always have been. I am aware that politicians as a group are often deceptive, however, when it comes to being deceptive about the well-being of a family member (and I believe our pets are family), I find that disturbing. I cannot support this man's bid to be this country's leader - even if he does win the nomination, and I'm hoping he doesn't. At this point in time, Newt gets my vote.

bikeolounger said...

for generations, the euphemism, "The Veterinarian knows a farmer who will take in our old dog" was used when a dog was euthanized, as a way to make it less painful for the children who grew up with said dog as a "sibling."

Given my inherent distrust of the Mittster, well, sentient beings can connect the necessary dots.

conservative sentient being said...

There will be a lot more sentient beings running away to Canada if this bozo ever becomes president.

Border Collie said...

Mr. Romney is not the kind of man that any dog should ever have to meet!

Anonymous said...

Sure, the old "he went to live on a farm" story. I think my parents told us that old line to keep us from realizing our pet had passed away. Poor Seamus, but at least he was smart enough to run away from that sadistic family. I hope he found a nice compassionate Canadian owner who let him "ride inside".

agrippamom said...

It disturbs me that he would even have given Seamus to his sister, as if the dog were responsible for getting sick after Romney's abuse. However, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he actually ran away. I hope he didn't die out there, but found a loving family.

I've always wondered why there has never been any mention of how he made the trip back home.

Whatever happened, Mitt, you are a despicable, disgusting excuse for a human being. We don't need someone like you as President: there are too many like you in the world already.

Anonymous said...

Mitt is the Michael Vick of politics!

Anonymous said...

I've always thought that if you want to know a person's true character, observe how he or she treats old people, children, waitresses, and dogs. Bad treatment of a dog does not illicit trust for this doglover.

Sparky's Mom said...

I have always wondered why none of the accounts of "crate gate" never mention what Romney did with Seamus for the 12-hour ride back. If he did not bring Seamus inside the car after he defecated in fear, why would anyone think Romney let him inside the car for the 12-hour ride back, which would mean Seamus was on that roof for 24 hours--unless he wisely ran away. Doesn't that explain why no one talks about Seamus's ride home from Canada in the crate?

Anonymous said...

David Letterman had a bit last night about Romney's dog. It wasn't that funny or even subtle but at least the story will get more widely known.

Edwina

JLD said...

Mitt Romney & his wife are artifical and false not only in their story of Seamus and their treatment of Seamus but in "knowing" how the american people live and what they need' Mitt never did a "day's work in his life nor lived week to week for a paycheck"..Let's hope the voting people of America realize the way they treated SEAMUS is ABUSE and once an ABUSER, always an Abuser.

Anonymous said...

The way Mitt laughed off the incident in a recent interview on FOX, I am pretty certain that the dog ran away and was just abandoned by the family. He doesn't care about the welfare of others, whether animal or human. Do we really want this kind of person as our next president? I think NOT!

annettej said...

I'm beginning to think poor Seamus died after his car trauma and it was covered up by Mitt and his wife by telling the kids the dog was going to live with their aunt.

Anonymous said...

It's cruelty flat out, I jin in hoping that Seamus ran away and found a loving family. He was a beautiful dog, I'm sure someone would have fallen in love with him. I was always very disturbed also, that he was put back on the roof wet from being hosed off. Up there is horrible enough . . . but WET???

Bobbi Holmes said...

Some people defend Romney, saying the incident occurred 30 years ago. But I don't get that, considering how Romney responded in the Fox interview - laughing the incident off and insisting the dog enjoyed the trip. This shows a serious character flaw, IMO. We don't need a president so lacking in common sense and empathy.

Joyce Lansky said...

I could never give my dogs away to anyone, and I certainly couldn't have carried on had they run away so far from home. They're my babies. Was there not any love for Seamus? I guess not if he stuck him on the roof. The dog is better off without Mitt RomNO.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

This "man" is a pig and that's an insult to pigs.

Anonymous said...

That whole story of what happened to Seamus "after" just sounds totally, 100% fake and made up. I bet you the dog died after the stress and trauma of that hideous transport--dogs can't withstand that kind of mistreatment. Maybe he never even made it to Canada and they just dumped him on the road somewhere en route. It breaks my heart to think about what kind of human can do that to an animal just blows my mind. This is animal cruelty pure and simple--he just got away with it. What a huge, huge jerk. I hope he gets some payback in this lifetime.

Anonymous said...

This is the profile of a heartless, cold blooded bastard who has already voiced his lack of empathy for the millions suffering in this economy, just as he felt no compassion for his family dog.

What a sociopath, narcissist. To think he'd use this story as an example of his being a guy who can solve problems in a pinch using 'quirky' solutions!

Is it taught in the book of Mormon somewhere that animals don't have feelings or souls?

This is considered abuse and cruelty in most states. Elect him? I say convict him!
Scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone actually see Seamus after this episode? If Romney euthanized the poor animal after the trip (angry about his defecating on the car? or wanting to avoid a repeat? or both), then that is something the voters should know. Folks who work in or with animal rescue know many people euthanize an animal for their own convenience, in this case a perfectly healthy animal who had been a problem to his owner.

Brian said...

I'm SO glad you're keeping this issue front and center. It reveals so much about his character. I always thought of him as a heartless robot anyway, but this proves it beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sherry said...

Oh yeah, the old "he's living happily on a farm" story that people tell their kids after the dog has been run over, dumped at the animal shelter, or just plain dumped.

Anonymous said...

I ride inside if you know what I mean ;)