Catholics United calls on presidential candidate to recruit more respectable campaign surrogates.
Washington DC - Today, Mitt Romney received the endorsement of DJ Bettencourt, the New Hampshire State House majority leader. In April, Bettencourt made national headlines when he made grossly offensive comments about Manchester’s bishop, John McCormack. Writing on his personal Facebook account, Bettencourt called Bishop McCormack a “pedophile pimp” after Bishop McCormack publicly opposed cuts to anti-poverty programs and public sector unions. Bettencourt has yet to publicly apologize. According to press reports, Bettencourt will play a prominent role in Romney's New Hampshire campaign efforts.
“Romney’s acceptance of Bettencourt’s endorsement is problematic for a number of reasons. Bettencourt didn’t simply make grossly offensive statements about a Catholic bishop," said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. "He attacked the character of a religious leader for choosing to stand with the poor and working class. By accepting this endorsement, Mitt Romney raises concerns amongst Catholic voters that he approves of Bettencourt's corrosive and disrespectful campaign tactics.”
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