(Updated March 13 @ 12:12 pm MDT)
The man who recorded Mitt Romney’s infamous “47%” comments was inspired to do so because of Bill Clinton, according to a story on Huffington Post. The filmmaker was a bartender working at a Clinton fundraiser and remembered that after his speech, Clinton made his way back to the kitchen to personally thank the staff, waiters, busboys, bartenders, etc. Hoping the same thing would happen at the Romney dinner, the bartender took his camera. The rest is history.
The bartender said he never planned to distribute the video. But after Romney spoke, the man said he felt he had no choice.
“I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn’t sleep after I watched it,” he said. “I felt like I had a duty to expose it.”
The man whose video torpedoed Romney’s candidacy will appear on The Ed Show tomorrow night on MSNBC (6 pm MDT), according to HuffPo. He did the nation a huge favor. Let’s hope going public will not expose him to undue recrimination (or worse) from conservatives who understandably might bear him serious ill will. He may discover that continued anonymity was a better choice.
Update: USA Today reports:
The man is described by Huffington Post as living “paycheck to paycheck” and without health insurance, savings or a car.
That explains a lot. The man needs money.