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This is pretty disgusting. Newt Gingrich’s campaign is robo-calling Floridians telling them that Mitt Romney denied Holocaust survivors kosher food in Massachusetts because he had no “compassion” for them.
It’s a total lie.
Here’s the script:
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.
You can listen to it here:
The call is referring to an incident in 2002 when state and federal subsidies to assisted living centres were cut. Some of these senior-homes considered closing their kosher kitchens and bringing in kosher food through third-party services. Romney vetoed a bill that would have made $600,000 in extra-subsidies available to prevent that from happening. He was trying to cut spending at the time. But it didn’t matter- the Massachusetts legislature over-rode his veto and provided the funding.
Commentary magazine describes it like this:
First of all, it was a choice made by the nursing homes themselves, not the Massachusetts government. Second, it was never actually going to prevent kosher residents from accessing kosher food. And third, Romney’s decision wouldn’t have cut anything – he simply vetoed additional funds, keeping funding at the status quo during a budget crisis year. Which means Gingrich’s comments have little basis in reality.
Overall, it is a pretty disgusting attack that makes it sound like Mitt Romney is re-victimizing Holocaust survivors.
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