With his hopes set on winning over voters in the key battleground state of Ohio, Mitt Romney attended a rally at an Ohio coal mine earlier this month. Photos and video from the event show Romney flanked by a crowd of seemingly supportive Regular Joe Coal Miners. As it turns out, though, these workers now allege their coal mine boss forced them to attend the rally instead of attending work — oh, and then he docked their pay checks for the absence.
A few of the workers complained about the incident to their local WWVA radio station, and talk show host David Blomquist discussed the issue on-air Monday with Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore. You guys, this whole thing is totally being blown out of proportion, says Moore. Sure, managers “communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.” [Daily Dolt Ed. Note: Wait…what? It was “mandatory” but they weren’t forced to attend?]
Moore said he really didn’t see anything wrong with forcing his employees to forego pay to attend a mandatory Mitt Romney rally. “We are talking about an event that was in the best interest of anyone that’s related to the coal industry in this area or the entire country,” Moore said in a radio interview on Monday. Yeah, c’mon guys, take one for the team. (What’s that, you ask? Why yes, as a matter of fact, Murray Energy has contributed massive sums of cash to Republican candidates. Records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show that Murray Energy has contributed more than $900,000 to Republicans in the last two years.)
At the rally, Romney accused President Obama of “waging war on coal” and hindering job creation at a time when Americans are struggling. As Fox News reported at the time, Romney blasted Obama on the issue :
“He [Obama] talks about how wonderful it is and how we’re adding jobs in the coal industry and producing more coal,” Romney said while flanked by dozens of coal miners in this key battleground state. “How in the world can you go out there and just tell people things that aren’t true?”
The presumptive GOP nominee went on to imply the president would do anything to get re-elected, including telling Ohio voters what they wanted to hear. “He’s got to win eastern Ohio and he’s got to get the votes of the people in these communities all around us here,” Romney told the crowd. “And you’re not going to let that happen.”
Meanwhile, behind Romney onstage, all the mine workers smiled and cheered loudly, while wondering when the hell this stupid event was going to be over because I swear to God if I have to miss Glee tonight because of blah-blah-blah coal industry blah-blah-blah economy, I am going to seriously lose it.