Skip to comments.Perry Loses Key SC Donor To Romney after Attack on Romney
Posted on 01/12/2012 10:04:15 AM PST by tsowellfan
Presidential candidate Rick Perry's criticism of Mitt Romney's business past has cost him the support of a prominent South Carolina Republican.
Investment fund executive and top GOP donor Barry Wynn told The Associated Press Thursday that he's leaving the Perry fold to endorse Romney. Wynn says he was irritated by Perry's attacks on Romney's time at the helm of the private equity firm Bain Capital.
As Wynn put it, "It's like fingernails on the chalkboard."
Perry struck hard this week at Romney's work at Bain Capital. The firm sometimes turned big profits even as companies it invested in went under and people lost their jobs.
By Thursday, Perry had backed away from that line of attack after days of calling Romney a "vulture capitalist."
Newt & Perry’s attacks on capitalism were disgraceful.
I supported Perry more than any other candidate. But I really wonder about his political instincts. He’s all over the place. This was his final stand, and yet he starts out by sounding like some occupy hippie.
I doubt if Perry is worried about it. I’m beginning to think that he’ll be president......in 2016
These were DeMint loyalists...
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - A group of loyalists to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint - including a top fundraiser for Rick Perry - will publicly endorse Mitt Romney’s presidential bid on Thursday, a source confirmed to CNN.
Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Barry Wynn, Columbia businessman and fundraiser Peter Brown, and Columbia attorney Kevin Hall will announce their support for Romney Thursday.
“Newt & Perrys attacks on capitalism were disgraceful.”
There is not attack on capitalism.
Your statement is a total Straw Man argument, or lack thereof.
I used to think it was Romney who was slimy, but now I’m beginning to think it’s Bain.
“...sounding like some occupy hippie.”
That’s what all the Romneybots are saying.
President of what? Texas A&M?
I thought he would run a populist but disciplined campaign and do very well ... instead, he's gone out of his way to insult the conservative electorate.
“...Former South Carolina GOP Chairman Barry Wynn,”
Got a bio on this Romney supporter?
Capitalism is a means to an end, it can be a force for good, or it can be a force for bad, depending on the motives.
With Perry’s poll number he was probably looking for a reason to jump. Jump straight to the elite gravy train.
I can hear things for myself. And I am a fan of Perry.
Instead of reinforcing their message or explaining why Romney is wrong (Romney comparing himself to DUh-bama gave left an opening), Newt and Perry both shot themelves in the foot when they backed off attack mode...
Perry backs off ‘vulture’ attack on Romney and Bain
Gingrich Seemingly Backs Away from Bain
He seems like an amiable guy with a good heart, and I feel bad for him the way things have turned out in his campaign.
But I think he’d be much better doing the right thing now and saving face, learning from the lessons of this run, and who knows?... there’s always the future.
You have a point, but then why are Newt’s numbers going up?
“...instead, he’s gone out of his way to insult the conservative electorate.”
You’ve been watching too much FoxNews or listening to too much Limbaugh or something.
How is it insulting the conservative electorate to call BS on a corporate raider touting how his stripping other companies “ceates jobs”?
the best I could find.. still, some very interesting connections..
All filty rich millionare “investment” azzholes love Romney. They all do the exact same thing he does. They destroy others lives so they can make themselves richer. They do not build up companies and try to help out failing companies. The fire every person that works there and hire new people. They are the lowest of the low. Filthy rich baztards who have gotten filthy rich by destroying others. I have no use at all for this type of “capitalism”. It is called VULTURE capitalism, and that is exactly what it is.
They are all a bunch of VULTURES, as low as snake in the grass.
Yeah, Gingrich shot himself in the foot so bad, he is Surging to the Top in SC in a statistical Dead Heat.
Why is it ok to hit Perry on Gardisil or immigration, to hit Newt on global warming or Fanny Mae but not Romney. What a setup. I;m so sick of the constant spin for their candidate.
Like Sarah said, it’s ok to question Romney on this stuff, he’s the one touting his experience.
“...Newt and Perry both shot themelves in the foot when they backed off attack mode...”
I will go to your links and see for myself before I swallow the news media gloatingly reporting they’ve “backed off” this line of attack.
Every radio talk show shill attacked mercilessly when Gingrich and Perry hit Romney on Romney’s BS claim that he was a private sector job greator through his corporate raider activities. All this tells me is they were hitting Romney where he is most vulnerable. All Gingrich and Perry did was try to explain they were not attacking the capitalist system itself and the Romney shills would say they had backed off their attacks on Romney.
It’s time for Anita to smell the coffee and realize that there’s no way she will be first lady and let Rick throw in the towel.
This has become painful to watch.
“There is not attack on capitalism.
Your statement is a total Straw Man argument, or lack thereof.”
Just wait for when Obama and the MSM goes after him for the same stuff, I bet these guys think their denunciations will hold the same clout.
Yup. It was like Perry morphed back into the Democrat he used to be.
“Go Bain Vulture Capital!”
The local radio station played Newt’s comments several times yesterday - Newt telling a reporter his attacks were a “mistake”. He should have reinforced that he was taken out of context or that he was misunderstood...he should have explained himself, but instead comes off as weak and a knee-jerk reactionary.
No worries. There are more damning statements by Romney that are going to hurt him even more.
Bingo. That's what unprincipled opportunists do.
“Capitalism is a means to an end, it can be a force for good, or it can be a force for bad, depending on the motives.”
From Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations”:
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”
They were unAmerican attacks.
Romney had a library of Congress quantity of flip-flops that he could be scorched before they attacked the economic freedom that his brilliant, profitable and private work at Bain fully utilized to make a more efficient economy. If you want to change the president of a water company - don’t smash all the pipes in the street, go after the man. Newt is a small man, and Perry looks foolish.
I think Newt and Perry hurt this nation, and fueled the Democratic disinformation machine that is dragging this country to socialism. They deserve to lose.
“...Newt telling a reporter his attacks were a mistake.”
Hate to hear that. Gingrich had to say something after the withering counterattack by the “conservative” talk show hosts. I gingrich going forward with the half-hour documentary expose of Romney? Isn’t there supposed to more in that regarding Romney record of getting rich as a corporate raider?
I guess all of the conservatives pretending like they arent supporting Romney (while going all out for him on this) better fortify themselves for all of the shilling they will have to do keep that act up if he wins.
Can you imagine 6 months of whining from Rush to the people on FR over how the press and Obama are just attacking poor widdle Willard?
Adam Smith wrote another book called, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”
“How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.”
BUT why should American taxpayers have to be forced to pay for Willards business incompetence and greed?
Workers were denied the severance pay and health insurance theyd been promised, and their pension benefits were cut..
Whats more, a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT insurance agency had to PONY UP $44 MILLION TO BAIL OUT the companys underfunded pension plan.
Nevertheless, Bain profited on the deal, receiving $12 million on its $8 million initial investment and at least $4.5 million in consulting fees.
The Wall Street Journal analysis this week was devastating for Willard the Vulture/Lib at Bain..
Adding insult to injury, Bain would hide its profits in tax havens, not even paying the rate it was supposed to on the profits it made laying off workers.
Lets see how the taxpayers feel about bailing out these companies pension funds and receiving no tax money back from Bain. Lets let the people decide what they think of bailing out Romney.
Bottom line again: Why should American taxpayers have to be forced to pay for Willards business incompetence and greed?
...they attacked the economic freedom that his brilliant, profitable and private work at Bain fully utilized to make a more efficient economy.”
“If you want to change the president of a water company - dont smash all the pipes in the street, go after the man.”
“If you want to improve the company, don’t grab all the assets for yourself and move the company to a land with lower wages....” Two can play this game.
Yes, Newt is going forward with ads as well...I’ve heard the ads played yesterday. His PAC has also been flooding the airwaves (they’ve been playing all morning) with the same attack. Newt said it was a mistake, now denies he said that. I think his stance on the subject depends on which way the wind blows.
Newt's rallies have gone back to comparing his policies to Obama, and his conservative record to a mass. moderate’s record.
Perry's attacks and the Super Pac ads are also helping to damage Romney.
Romney claims to be a job creator. It is absolutely necessary to ask him to prove it, and answer questions about any controversial decisions that may have been made.
Were any mistakes made, and did he learn from them. The media and the GOP establishment are not going to vett him, so it is up to his challengers to ask the tough questions. Now the choice of words by some may have been ill advised, but I think that his record needs to be examined before the primaries, to help inoculate him from an October surprise.
The fact that the GOP Establishment has re-framed it as an attack on capitalism, should tell you that this is a big area of weakness. I am also still waiting to hear how well he translated his private sector experience into government action which helped create jobs in Massachusetts.
I did read on another thread, that his state ranked near the bottom during his governorship. I am still hoping to see some convincing stats that he had a stellar record on jobs there.
The same will be said of Newt taking big money from Freddie and Fannie. Now he comes off as a hypocrite.
Don’t let the windmill hit you in the ass on the way out the door Wynn.
You know Perry will not support you BS.
Perry, whom I supported, needs to drop out and give his 5% to Gingrich and Santorum so that they can stop Romney. We can all quibble about who is better-Santorum or Gingrich-but we can also agree they are better than Romney.
Sorry they have hit the nail on the head.
I have been following the bread crumbs this morning and they have hit a really big nerve.
When the hedge fund, enviros, and sundry Wall Street VULTURE CAPITALIST start yelling you KNOW you have hit the right spot.
Does it bother you that Christie is out yelling for Romney when he thought the King of vulture capitalist CARL ICAHN and Beal Bank bought the TRUMP casinos in NJ?
They are not attacking Capitalism, they are attacking the Whore house called Business as usual on the EAST COAST.
Limbaugh has lost his perspective.
He’s 61 today, not that old, but his ability to see the inner working of liberalism and now the Establishment is missing.
Let’s face it, we are probably going to lose to Romney.
But we still have a chance if Gingrich wins SC.
(Despite the numskulls on here that fall for the media line that “Capitalism is being attacked”) If you are saying that on FR, you are either a closet Mittens fans or ignorant.
Limbaugh is amazingly loose and unconcerned about Romney’s run...still focusing on attacks from Gingrich/Perry. Thanks Rush.
“...instead, hes gone out of his way to insult the conservative electorate.”
I dont know about recently but my first view of Perry was at the debate where he said conservatives who didnt want to give illegal immigrants children free instate tuition “heartless” is pretty insulting. between that and “oops” i realized this guy was going nowhere.
Capitalism, if defined properly as an champion of economic liberty, is always a force for good.