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Top Dems distance themselves from Hilary Rosen. DNC: she doesn't work for us

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.

The Republican National Committee says that's basically a distinction without a difference. Republicans note Rosen's a top Democratic insider. She was an adviser to the president during the ObamaCare debates. She visited the White House 35 times (27 times more than Gen. David Petraeus) between March 24, 2010 and Dec. 7, 2011.

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."

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Andy

More cheap election year politics. The amount of cynical divide-and-conquer posturing has been much higher than normal this cycle. I doubt anyone will remember this tempest in a teapot when its all said and done.

My-Thoughts


For those people out there that don't consider it "work" for those who decide to stay at home with their children a "real job" I have this to say...I've had it BOTH ways, and I can attest to the fact that each child is a FULLTIME job. It was actually a RELIEF (almost a vacation of sorts) to go back to work outside of the home.

SHAME ON YOU Hillary Rosen for your comments regarding Ann Romney! Given that you yourself were never a waitress that had to worry about making ends meet, I doubt very seriously you have anymore to say than Ann Romney. Give me a break! And for any of those of you, on the left that want to chime in that Ann had paid help, so what! It certainly wasn't a case of one nanny per child, and damb if she didn't show some grace fighting off both MS and breast cancer while "holding down" a marriage and raising the bulk of her family.

The fact that Dems are "distancing themselves" from your comments is EXACTLY as it should be!!!

Teresa

The attacks on Rosen are unfair. What she said was correct. Romney's wife has never been in business. She doesn't have a clue. She made a decision to stay home and away from the workforce and that's fine for her, but stop pretending like she's some entrepreneur. She's a housewife.

You Republicans always wine about us on the left being the "PC" crowd, well guess what. What she said is true. The truth hurts!

west coast guy

Who in the world is Hilary Rosen?

Susan Lowe

I'm very disappointed that Democratic leaders are dumping on Hilary Rosen. Her comment was inartful but it was the truth. Romney brought his wife into the economic policy discussion and opened her up to legitimate criticism. Ann Romney has, in fact, never worried about the mortgage or used coupons to stretch the food budget. She's never worried about having to miss work because of a sick child. Romney's assertion that she has any idea what concerns most American women is offensive. Rosen probably should have bracketed her comment with the PC expression of admiration for stay-at-home moms but she was telling the absolute truth and Obama's subordinates should not be feeding her to the Repbulican wolves.

Joseph zadrazil

This comment is for Mrs Ann Romney. I could start off by saying which party I am affiliated with but as I ponder my choices in life it just doesn't seem right . The things that are most important to me now that have not been an issue in the past might be the same for millions of others. Now Mrs Romney I want to make it clear these are only my thoughts. When I considered party lines In the beginning I did so with the influence of the person that was closest to me. I grew up believing that life over all is important. That birth is not a choice that should be made after the fact. That no man should be able to skate by on someone else's coat tail. That respect and love is more important then anything found below the earths surface. I.E gold, silver ,oil, or diamonds. That honesty will out last a lie A million to one on any given day. One over turned lie will crush all the respect in the world. So what am I trying to convey here? I can't read the future but I agree with you Mrs Romney that your choice to become A mother is beyond words the most important (JOB) in the world. It lays the foundation of choice. Done with care it can make all the difference. The influence a mother has can make the difference between a good and a bad world. I applaud you.... A little background might explain my thoughts. I was born and raised a Christian under Catholic belief of a father who never gave up or gave in. Who was a WWII vet and who learned that escaping death and coming home to the responsibility of his family was more important than any other encounter he might face in life. In the face of death he stood fast to stand up for his values .I was Born of a loving mother who was also a very giving person after putting aside all fault of illness that was beyond her control or anyone else's of this earth as a matter of fact was able to make things right. So I ask of you Mrs Romney , as a mother, wife and the most influential person anyone can have in life to ( Make It right).. Make it right.. Thanks for your time. Signed by not just a democrat or a republican but as a well raised subject in society and above all an American. Thanks to a Mother . The recipient of the most important job in life.

NANCY

Hilary LOOKS GREAT with two size 11 FEET IN HER MOUTH!

Debbie Downer

Yet another gaff from the Wasserman Schultz gang. When will the president get a clue and fire her from the DNC!! She will single handedly lose the presidential election for dems this year.

ONE WHO KNOWS

THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL PLOY FROM OBAMA'S MINIONS. THEY ALL KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, IT JUST BACKFIRED ON THEM. ThEY THINK WE ARE ALL STUPID AND DON'T SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING. GIVE ME A BREAK!!! WE CAN NO LONGER BE MANIPULATED BY PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE SMARTER THAN WE ARE. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DO NOT HAVE A CLUE TO WHAT THEY ARE DOING. wHICH IS NOTHING TO SALVAGE OUR COUNTRY FROM WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO IT.

WE SEEK THE TRUTH AND WE HAVE ALL DAY TO FIND IT.

DON'T MESS WITH INTELLIGENT AND WELL SCHOOLED SENIORS AND MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE AND STUDENTS. wE UNDERSTAND SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU THINK WE DO. HOPE MEANS CHANGE FOR ALL OF US tHE VOTING BOOTH IS WHERE WE HAVE TO STOP WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR BELOVED AMERICA,REGARDLESS OF PARTY.

A FORMER EDUCATOR WHO TAUGHT THE UNDERACHIECVING GIFTED AND THE PROFOUNDLY GIFTED. OBAMA FITS INTO NEITHER OF THESE!!!!

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