Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Romney Shocker: Rich Man Stays at Decent Hotels!

Here are the shocking revelations about where Mitt Romney slept in January while campaigning, according to the fine people at Think Progress, who themselves sleep in biodegradable hovels. Uh, the Empire Hotel doesn't even make the list of the best hotels (or most expensive hotels!) in New York. And there's basically nowhere else to stay in Palm Beach except the Breakers. Even I've stayed at the Omni Parker House in Boston! This is one of those topics on which the media is not equipped to advise us. All hotels look expensive to the LIBERAL MEDIA.

The campaign also spent $60 on a Best Western in Arizona, by the way. And a bunch of rooms at a Courtyard Marriott in Bethesda! The Embassy Suites in Memphis and Des Moines! (Also: $9.52 at a Burger King in Miami. And $11 at a Chipotle in Denver!) And, way more interesting: why is the campaign spending so much with Go Daddy (looks like thousands of dollars), and racking up so much expense in "bank fees" to American Express? Looks like someone's letting the poor people handle the banking too.

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barnhouse (#1,326)

It really is kind of shocking that a would-be-president 'n' gazillionaire can't stay at whatever hotel he wants, because it will look bad, as if we didn't know that the minute he stops campaigning it is back to the Peninsula.

jfruh (#713)

@barnhouse I guess you *could* make the argument that he's spending his campaign contributors' money, not his own vast personal fortune, and so campaign contributors might be miffed that they're staying in nice hotels rather than churning out more attack ads. Though I don't know enough about campaign finance to know this is how it really works?

Meanwhile, in one of Newt's campaign disclosures from a while back, it was revealed that he is actually paying himself a salary out of campaign coffers, which I'm kind of shocked didn't get more media play.

barnhouse (#1,326)

@jfruh Well a lot of rich guys just pay their own way, I think, because they want to be comfy, and so don't bother with whatever arrangements they get through work. But Mittens can't afford to be seen doing that, now.

deepomega (#1,720)

@barnhouse Yes – as though this is Mitt finally revealing that he is a rich motherfucker. The only way I'd be scandalized by his hotel selections is if he was, like, buying them. Like Bruce Wayne in Dark Knight.

American Express is my hooker name.

jfruh (#713)

My go-to Chipotle meal is $7.25 (it is sad that I eat there often enough that I have this memorized); therefore, I assume that Rich Former Governor Moneybags eats solid gold burritos, just to taunt the Poors.

deepomega (#1,720)

@jfruh That extra three and three quarters gets you a burrito with a happy ending.

Yes, but was he the guy with the guy in the bear suit at the Overlook Hotel?

Pop Socket (#187)

There are only two hotels in Palm Beach which is a very small town of about 10,000. Across the intercoastal in West Palm are dozens of hotels of all levels of quality. It's like saying you have to stay at the Chateau Marmont because there are no cheaper places in Hollywood.

Pop Socket (#187)

In his defense, Hotel George is a bit of a dump when the former Willard is right down the road.

zidaane (#373)

Those rooms are drenched in more than natural light.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@zidaane DO NOT turn that black light on.

sarkar (#242,086)

We often keep hearing stories of politicians indulging in spending public money irresponsibly. It is strange that people who have the responsibility of running a nation could act so irresponsibly and indulge in shameless activities.

Raju (#242,279)

I don’t see anything shocking in this. It is true that he is a rich man and invested millions in caribbean travel industry but one need to understand the fact that he was on election campaign and it was his other staffs who managed his stay during the campaign.

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