UPDATE: Sununu appears to be off the hook for this one. The Telegraph reporter says that he talked to “a member of the foreign policy advisory team.”
Romney surrogate John Sununu found himself in a lot of hot water last week after some particularly ill-advised remarks on a conference call. He thought President Obama should “learn how to be an American,” in a pretty obvious pander to birthers and other fringe characters in his party. He later offered a half-hearted apology.
Now, Romney advisors are at it again, this time anonymously. Check this out, from the Daily Telegraph:
In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one [Romney adviser] suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
Wow. I mean, just wow. And, hilariously, the Telegraph reports that the unnamed advisers
spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mr Romney’s campaign requested that they not criticise the President to foreign media.
So … is John Sununu still on his “Obama is not a real American” kick? Or is this some other Romney tool? And will Romney be cleaning house any time soon, since whoever spoke to the Telegraph has supposedly violated a campaign rule?