Mother Jones: You may have seen this photo of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney from earlier this month. Shot by Wheeling Intelligencer photographer Scott McCloskey, it shows Romney appearing at a Beallsville, Ohio rally flanked by a large group of coal miners:
Associated Press/Wheeling Intelligencer
The rally was meant to show that “Coal Country Stands With Mitt,” as the campaign signs touted. But it turns out that the owners of the mine told workers they were required to attend the rally, reports The Plain Dealer…
How’s this for typical Republican doublespeak: “managers ‘communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.’ He said the company did not penalize no-shows.”
“Mandatory” isn’t “forcing” anyone apparently. Also? They didn’t get paid for the day. Republican family values in action!