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By Michael Kaminsky, Global Animal

In 1983 the Romney family: Mitt, wife Anne, and their five sons, set off on a 12-hour road trip from Boston to Ontario. Also along for the journey was the family dog, Seamus, an Irish Setter. With no room in the car for Seamus, Mitt tied the dog and his kennel to the top of the family van. From there is where the story gets a bit messy.

At one point during the car ride the children noticed a brown liquid streaking down the car’s windows. Turns out Seamus, probably terrified, got diarrhea. Romney, often faulted for his robotic, please-the-masses approach, lived up to his reputation as he pulled over to a rest stop. While there, Mitt wouldn’t allow his children to leave the vehicle as he hosed down Seamus and the car. Not a good look, Mitt—even with that hair.

It’s stories like this that cause American voters to veer away from Romney’s often robotic nature. If this is how he handles a dog soiling itself, is this how he’ll handle other decisions affecting living creatures? Romney’s emotionless approach often leaves those in his care suffering the consequences, whether they be Seamus the dog or workers laid off by Bain Capitol. This story still resonates as Romney’s way of looking at the world thirty years later.

There’s no debating that what Romney did was wrong, but it’s nowhere near as bad as silencing sexually harassed female co-workers (Herman Cain), or being the addiction trifecta of booze, pills, and adultery that is Newt Gingrich. Many argue Romney to be the best of the comically assembled batch of crazies the news networks refer to as the Republican presidential candidate pool.

As animal lovers we will forever be outraged by Romney’s poor decision making, but does this part of his past reflect who he is today, and is this event a relevant insight into the way he’ll solve future problems?

Global Animals, do you think the story of the Romney’s poor Irish Setter will affect how you’ll vote come your state’s primary, or in the 2012 election? Do the actions of Mitt Romney 30-years ago still reflect the man running for president today?

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  1. Oh my gosh! Yes, it’s terrible and disgusting but that was 30 years ago!! Can we move on?? JFK had multiple affairs in his marraige. Does that mean he ran the country terrribly? Cause I’d say cheating on your wife is a pretty big character flaw! I would vote for Romney’s dog if it meant Obama was voted out of office. I”m unfriending this website. Clearly has a political agenda because I’ve seen multiple posts bashing conservative candidates. Too bad cause I’ve shared a lot of stuff from here. Obviously conservatives are not welcome though.