Is ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe really endorsing Mitt Romney? Maybe not.

“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe is scheduled to appear with Mitt Romney at a Wednesday campaign event in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Rowe impressed conservatives earlier this month with his open letter to Romney about the value of hard work and the nation’s skills gap.

The Twitterverse is bursting with the news that Rowe will endorse the GOP candidate at the “manufacturing round table.”

Previously, Rowe indicated that he “will make no public endorsement, one way or the other.” But reported:

The Discovery Channel personality and Ford Motor Co. pitchman will offer his support Wednesday to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a public event in Bedford Heights.

Romney’s campaign announced the Rowe endorsement late Monday when confirming Romney’s Cleveland-area itinerary for the final day of a two-day bus tour through battleground Ohio.

Is Rowe really ready to pick up the shovel for Romney’s campaign? One Twitter user points to remarks made by Rowe on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” program this morning.

Then again, when Rowe wrote his open letter to Romney he promised, “If you read the whole thing, I’ll vote for you in November.”

Official endorsement or not, conservatives are thrilled to have Rowe join the national conversation about jobs. We’ll find out this afternoon whether Rowe is ready to take the plunge.



  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    obama would have read the letter but mike didnt start it with “im making a fundraising event for you”

    • J.N. Ashby

      They’re also partial to the greeting “Dear Friend.” Can’t forget that part. guhhhhh

  • lowlevelstaffer

    I understand the significance of remaining neutral in preserving one’s own livelihood…but in desperate times, for the good of country…dirty hands can be required…waiting to see if Rowe puts his mouth where his money is…we shall see…

  • William J. Miller

    Even remaining neutral would be impressive for a relatively famous resident of San Francisco. It is good Mr. Rowe is contributing to an issue that effects many everyday individuals, and is willing to consider the conservative point of view.

  • TonyMontana3

    Obama 2012

    • William J. Miller

      Just remember that Election Day is November 7.

    • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

      May he rest in peace.

      • Rosewould

        Or Crook County

  • rinodino

    Again I find it funny you righties get all giddy like a school girl when a Celeb endores you, but on the other hand when a celeb endores a liberal, “you say SHUT UP celeb, shut up and dance, your opinion doesn’t matter!!!”….. lol, you right wingers are a funny crew I swear…….

    • Kent Vig

      Actually we get tired of celebs getting in our face calling us idiots if we don’t support their views or when we allow celebs to testify before congress about an issue because they played one in a movie

    • ZoriahShepard

      I find the difference being that Mr. Rowe is trying to affect change when the very Left side of celebdom would rather call conservatives names and make ugly race baiting jokes. But this goes around your head like all the other points because as long as a conservative writes it, it’s irrelevant. But still I try!

    • Chris

      I don’t allow my vote to be swayed by celebs. If they want to speak up and endorse someone, fine, that just means my voting “dollars” will support them or not. As all Americans, they have the right to endorse who they want. I don’t agree when they use their supposed “power” to push causes that are harmful to America. Their celebrity gives them no more a voice in matters of importance, than mine. It’s just that they have a means to blast theirs, and I don’t. Just as the libs try to keep corps from having a say so in the election, I would suggest celebs be held to that same standard.

    • lowlevelstaffer

      Mitt started out by saying Rowe wasn’t there as any kind of endorsement, rather to take part in conversations about jobs with those that actually hire people…you know…those evil business owners and such. …you probably don’t want to hear this…but there is a candidate out there that is willing to listen to whomever might have ideas about putting people back to work…and not just helping them keep their job.

  • insolublog

    Rowe want’s to restore the work ethic and skills based education. Obama wants half of America forced into a dirty job, to support the other half.

  • Guest

    Mike’s working an angle to do a live Dirty Jobs special at the White House on Jan 20 cleaning the shower drain trap in the 1st Family’s residence.

  • kecko

    One thing for certain, I’m sure Willard will not be talking to an empty chair.

  • Clayton B

    Looking forward to the DirtyJobs episode in January, where Rowe goes in and ‘cleans’ up the White House.

    • Rosewould

      Got that right. I wouldn’t want to handle the Cutter, Axlerod, Carney, Jarret without Hazmat suit.

  • Moue La Moue (D)

    It saddens me that once upon a time young men WANTED to learn how to be an actual carpenter, electrician, metal worker. You know, an actual trade’s craftsman! They USED to be respected trades, but now all anyone talks about is what four year degree they’ll get when they leave high school. And SOME kids who are graduating have no idea what they’ll major in, because they weren’t exactly the best book-learning students in school.

    When did it become so FOUL and WRONG to be a MAN who could WORK with the TWO HANDS, the Good God/Goddess/Logical Being/Insert Other Divinity Here you were given????

    I think a guy who can work on a car, fix a leaky pipe and use a scroll saw incredibly sexy. But apparently … that just means I’m an idiot when it comes to Women of the Left.

    • Susan

      Amen. One of my sons is a welder and while he pursued this vocation I was angst ridden. I wanted him to go get that business degree and work in an office. That was not for him. He did all sorts of construction jobs while getting his journeyman certification. He has been working ever since. I cannot say the same for many of his friends who had more lofty aspirations.

  • CelebrityThink

    I think it is interesting the stark contract between Mike Rowe appearing for Romney in Ohio and when Natalie Portman campaigned in Ohio back on Sept 19. Totally 2 different messages and messengers.

  • James Wallace

    Mike Rowe’s blue collar job training initiative seems to me a lot closer to what President Obama has in mind than anything Mitt Romney thinks. Rowe made a tactical error appearing with Romney, who’s raising money in Hong Kong today even as he bashes (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) China. Did he promise Rowe tool sets Made in China?

    • stuckinIL4now

      So then why did Obutthead ignore him? He got a similar letter from Rowe four years ago but I guess the Bamster was more interested in cremating jobs than creating them and ignored him. So who bleepin’ cares if Obama has a similar plan–what good’s a plan you don’t intend to use? Then again, you snooze you lose and Obama’s been snoozin’ in the WH for four years now.

  • weRbroke

    I for one have to thank Mike Rowe for at least making a serious effort to bring recognition to the need for SKILLED LABOR in the US. We have lost our manufacturing edge because no body wants to get “dirty” anymore. My family generation after generation has been employed in DIRTY JOBS, for a business, as an employee, and for our own existance. Those jobs put food on the table and a roof over our heads. We have continually been ridiculed and marginalized by INTELLECTUALS that think DIRTY JOBS is beneath them, and they can just HIRE someone to do it for them.

    Newsflash folks, due to the mass exodus of peeps running to DESK JOCKEY jobs, there are less people to do those DIRTY JOBS. sometimes I wonder if the underlying reason that Democrats cling to immigrants is they see a willing and cheap labor market to exploit for DIRTY JOBS. Just lately, the Ag Dept has grants for women and minorities to get into farming. what they don’t tell those people that the dirty jobs they will be doing will get harder when the EPA starts taking away their tractors. The Labor Dept doesnt’ want kids to do dirty jobs either…they made it illegal for farmers to hire teens to do jobs that if they had their own kids, they would be doing.

  • Lisa S.

    “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe was in Ohio today on the wrong stage with the wrong candidate. Tweet so we can share right now on #edshow! Tweeted by Ed Schultz ‏@edshow.