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.
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.