Protestors organized by South Carolina Forward Progress bore signs reading “Dogs against Romney,” standing next to a stuffed pooch strapped upon a cage that rested on the top of an SUV.
The gesture was a sarcastic poke at Romney for his infamous 1983 family vacation. With his family filling the station wagon for their road trip to Ontario, Romney strapped his pet dog in a cage atop the vehicle for the 12-hour drive.
After the Boston Globe mentioned the incident in a 2007 article that otherwise praised him, other national media weren’t so merciful, spiking angry responses from PETA and the Massachusetts SPCA, which pointed out Romney’s inconsideration actually violated state law.
Many of the persons arriving to hear the presidential candidate speak took the signs with wit, SC Forward Progress says, only getting one angry response, which just so happened to come from Romney’s team.
Campaign staff tried to scare away them away, participating protestors say. “I was approached by one who told me I was on private property and that I’d be arrested if I didn’t leave,” said one SC Forward Progress volunteer.
“When I told (the Romney campaign representative) that the park is public property, he told me ‘now it’s private property.’ I pointed out all the local police standing around, inviting him to speak with them, but the guy just stormed off.”
SC Forward Progress’ latest venture didn’t just get noticed by attendees at the campaign event, which also included Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. John McCain. It also captured the attention of reporters from Politico, ABC News and The New York Times. Other national media, including The Hill and The Huffington Post, ran the story, too.
The ABC reporter and Think Progress also tweeted photos of the small demonstration.
In August, SC Forward Progress mocked Rick Perry’s campaign, and right across the street from where he made the announcement. The ‘Confederates for Perry,’ poked at the Texas governor’s veiled threat of seceding the state from the union, which Perry had made at a 2009 Tea Party function. Texas media covered the demonstration.
An October video by SC Forward Progress that made fun of a Herman Cain ad got picked up by national media, and even outdid national comedians’ takes on the ad in a ranking by another nationwide news journal.
(Incidentally, today’s demonstration had no affiliation with a “Dogs Against Romney” organization, which the participants didn’t know of prior to the event.)