Mitt Romney must have really liked his campaign event using coal miners as a backdrop after their employer, Murray Energy, made attendance
mandatory and unpaid
, though they lost paid work time to attend. Romney liked it so much, in fact, that his new ad
attacking President Barack Obama for supposedly being anti-coal uses images of Romney standing in front of those miners as they lose pay to be forced to listen to him.
The substance of the ad is ridiculous, of course. Obama has hardly been anti-coal—he just hasn't been as much of an enemy of renewable energy as the right would like to see—and the market is what's really hurting coal. But those images of coal miners forced by a mine owner with a dire safety record to give up pay to attend a Romney campaign event inadvertently reveal the true place workers would have in a Romney economy.
10:31 AM PT: And the Ohio media is taking notice. The Columbus Dispatch writes:
Mitt Romney’s campaign is airing two ads in eastern Ohio that include footage of the coal miners who lost pay because he campaigned at their mine. [...]
The Romney campaign confirmed the miners shown in the two ads were the miners from Romney’s campaign stop.