Romney “right on the button” to dismantle FEMA, says GOP strategist

As Sandy battered the Eastern Seabord, Ron Bonjean decried federal disaster relief VIDEO

Topics: frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, Election 2012, FEMA, GOP, CNN, Republican Party, Natural Disasters, Ron Bonjean, ,

Romney "right on the button" to dismantle FEMA, says GOP strategist Ron Bonjean on CNN (YouTube Still)

While Hurricane Sandy ripped up the East Coast, Mitt Romney’s past comments about dismantling FEMA came back to haunt him. His campaign was quick to stress Monday — as floodwaters rose and millions lost power — that the presidential hopeful would not abolish federal disaster relief, but would simply encourage state-led emergency management.

But GOP strategist Jon Bonjean stuck by Romney’s previous guns during a CNN interview. The Washington mainstay said Romney was “right on the button” when it came to dismantling FEMA. And despite the fact that FEMA teams Monday provided emergency power generators and helped secure key power grids, alongside other emergency relief work, Bonjean seemed oblivious of the agency’s on-the-ground work: “I don’t think anybody cares about that [FEMA] right now. I think people care about whether or not their power’s on, whether or not their basement’s going to be flooded,” he said.

You Might Also Like

Watch the interview clip below [h/t Think Progress]:

 

Natasha Lennard
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 5
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    "Dick Cheney watches television": The four previously unseen 9/11 photos that will make you hate the evil VP all over again

    Dick Cheney watches television

    "Dick Cheney watches television": The four previously unseen 9/11 photos that will make you hate the evil VP all over again

    Dick Cheney watches television

    "Dick Cheney watches television": The four previously unseen 9/11 photos that will make you hate the evil VP all over again

    Dick Cheney watches television

    "Dick Cheney watches television": The four previously unseen 9/11 photos that will make you hate the evil VP all over again

    Dick Cheney watches television

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>