As Twitchy reported last night, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is out with a new ad blasting Mitt Romney for not hugging his “invisible” garbage man. The purpose of the ad is to illustrate that not only does Romney not care about

National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke made the unprecedented move to look to Romney’s own words for insight into the GOP nominee’s attitude toward sanitation workers. Shocking, we know. Cooke found a passage in Romney’s book, “No Apology,” in which Romney describes taking on the jobs of various constituents during his gubernatorial campaign. One of those jobs was collecting trash. And, as it turns out, not only does Mitt Romney not hate garbage men, but he has a tremendous amount of respect for them:

One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.

Too bad the AFSCME was too busy doing “research” to do any actual research.

As Cooke points out, although Romney did not make a career out of garbage collection, the time he did spend working that job is enough to make Swiss cheese out of the AFSCME’s ad:

And Twitterers rightfully gave the union jokers the business:


The folks who failed to dig up any real dirt on Romney must be the same ones who read “Dreams from My Father.”