Step one - The Obama campaign claims no knowledge of Joe Soptic's story while refusing to denounce a shockingly offensive and false political ad produced by their former colleague's pro-Obama SuperPAC:
Asked about the Priorities spot on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Robert Gibbs said he doesn’t “know the specifics” while Stephanie Cutter said on CNN: “I don’t know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance.” And Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that “we don't' have any knowledge of the story of the family.”
Step two - The coordinated lie goes down in flames:
But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot. Both the campaign and the Priorities USA Action said there was no coordination about Soptic’s appearances. In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call. On the May 14 Obama campaign call, Soptic detailed his wife's illness and death.
Here is the audio of Mr. Soptic recounting the horrible details of his wife's death -- which occurred five years after he lost his job at GST and seven years after Mitt Romney left Bain Capital. (He fails to mention that his wife had her own insurance before she left her job, a detail that was also omitted from the -- totally uncoordinated! -- SuperPAC ad). Note the voice at the very end end of the clip:
That was Stephanie Cutter in May, thanking Joe for "sharing his experiences" on a conference call she was running. Yes, the very same Stephanie Cutter who claimed on national television earlier today that she does not "know the facts about when Mr. Soptic’s wife got sick or the facts about his health insurance." Oh, and the May conference call was orchestrated, organized and executed by the very campaign that now tells voters that they "don't have any knowledge of the story of the [Soptic] family." These people are liars. Even though they've been caught red-handed, totally lying their asses off about this controversy, don't expect any contrition or remorse. In addition to being -- what's the term again? -- oh yes, dirty liars, they're also unscrupulous, win-at-all-costs ideologues. As they disgrace themselves, they continue to expose their boss to be the utterly shameless fraud that he is.
UPDATE - A follow-up from the "shameless fraud" file: This whole slander was brought about by Obama's SuperPAC. Obama called SuperPACs "a threat to our democracy" in 2010, before reversing himself and setting one up for himself. It is now doing his filthy slime-job bidding as his campaign lies about being totally innocent bystanders.
UPDATE II - And another. Guess who was running Bain Capital when Mr. Soptic was laid off? A major Obama fundraiser.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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