Republicans are jumping all over Democrat Hilary Rosen for saying last night on CNN that Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, has never worked. Conservatives say that amounts to an attack on stay-at-home-moms.
**Update: Rosen apologized.
Obama's campaign and advisers quickly distanced themselves from Rosen. President Obama's campaign manager said she should apologize. No way, says Rosen.
Now the Democratic National Committee is as well, saying that she doesn't work for them -- despite a Wall Street Journal report saying last month that she was a DNC advisor to Chairwoman and Broward Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
"She's not an adviser to the DNC - the DNC's contract for media services is exclusively with Anita Dunn," said spokesman Brad Woodhouse via email. Asked about the journal article, Woodhouse said "I don't have any idea what the wsj's source for that is - our contract is exclusively with Anita Dunn."
Rosen works at Dunn's firm.
Rosen is doubling down on her comments.
"Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women's rights and advancement as a way to score political points," she wrote today.
It all started last night when she said this: "What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.' Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life."
Mrs. Romney, tweeting for the first time from her @AnnDRomney account said "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." She now has about 15,000 followers in less than 24 hours.
Rosen responded via Twitter "I am raising children too. But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don't u?" No response. Icey.
But Rosen's political allies jumped in. And they bashed Rosen.
Obama campaign adviser Jim Messina distanced himself from Rosen via Twitter: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Obama adviser David Axelrod soon Tweeted "Also disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive."