Richard Hayes, trash collector at Mitt Romney's La Jolla mansion, featured in AFSCME ad over his remark that 47 percent of Americans want government handouts.

Mitt Romney's La Jolla garbage man Richard Hayes

Meet Richard Hayes, Mitt Romney’s garbage man at La Jolla mansion.

Even Mitt Romney’s garbage man, Richard Hayes, is taking offense to his 47 percent insult. Yeah, Richard Hayes is the dude who picks up trash at Romney’s ocean-front mansion in La Jolla, Calif. Labor union AFSCME is out with a new spot, featuring Hayes saying how hard he works in his job everyday and that “we’re kind of the invisible people:”

My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide — if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

Residents do come out and shake our hands. Sometimes they give us hugs and thank us for the job we’re doing, hand us water and Gatorades. Tell us we’re doing a good job and keep up the good work. Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I’m 55, 60 years old, I know my body’s gonna be break down [sic]. Mitt Romney doesn’t care about that.

Well, Richard Hayes is being used to stick it to Mitt Romney and I suspect their might be a racial element to this, but it’s a powerful statement nonetheless. Romney’s 47 percent comment will play a big role in the decision many make to go with Obama instead on November 6.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • StockBoyLA

    Good ad. Growing up my Mom always said hi to the cleaners, mailmen, etc. And so today I do the same. When I walk into work I always smile and say, “Good Morning”to the security staff. When I leave at the end of the (or during the day if I run into them) I say hi to the cleaning people. When I park in a lot I say hi to the parking attendants. I say hi to my mailman, though he’s about as friendly as a rabid dog and doesn’t even acknowledge me. But I’m still friendly to him.

    I think if you don’t say hi to people and if you’re not pleasant to people then you come across as treating them as less than full humans. Saying hi to the people who help you and give you services keeps you connected. Ignoring people creates a distance.


    Wow! What a complete and epic fail of an ad. Perhaps the left should have done just a small amount of research to see just what Romney thinks about trash collectors. In Romney’s book he describes how he as Governor he would spend a day doing the jobs of other people to better understand the work and effort of our humble public servants. The following is his actual words (page 251):

    “One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.”

    More lying attacks from the left on Romney’s character since they can’t talk about any of the successess of the current President.

  • dduck

    UCS, we hear so much garbage, that I refuse to litter these attacks with further crap remarks, thanks for that quote it shows the silliness of most attack ads, from both sides.

  • zephyr

    Oh please, next thing I’m going to hear about is how Mitt used to hang out with Studs Terkel. This president wannabee has made it amply clear what he thinks of America’s working class and it ain’t much.

  • Rambie

    UCS, seems ‘ol Mitt forgot about that respect, or does he think his neighborhood garbage collector isn’t part of the 47%?

    Yes, the ad is a lame logical fallacy, but so are most political ads.

  • slamfu

    This ad is really going to hurt Romney with his median income minority union voter demographic.

  • EEllis

    or does he think his neighborhood garbage collector isn’t part of the 47%?

    Of course he isn’t part of the 47%. This guy is union and likely to be working for a government entity. It’s a hard, unpleasant job and they get payed accordingly.