The Real Game-Changer: The Man That Changed The 2012 Election Is Now Known…His Name Is Scott Prouty!
The video is now infamous in the realm of politics. A person recorded the 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney at a secret fundraiser that forever changed the route of the 2012 election. At this fundraiser, Romney made the now infamous comments about the 47% of voters who voted for President Obama, comments that Romney would later come to regret.
Democrats have wanted to thank the person who recorded the video for swaying the election their way, as if the election wasn’t already in their favor due to idiotic GOP comments.
On this day in 2013, the identity of this person is now known. The video recorder is a man, and his name is Scott Prouty.
This is his story…
Hat tips to Reuters, Mother Jones, and New York Magazine for their articles that I posted in this post.
Prouty was simply a bartender with a video camera at the right place at the right time.
Prouty went public with his story on Wednesday after months of speculation as to who might have been the source of the video that dealt a body blow to Romney’s campaign.
Last May at a Florida fundraiser, Romney said 47 percent of voters were dependent on government and “will vote for the president no matter what.”
When Prouty handed the tape over to Mother Jones and the magazine published it in September, Romney was put on the defensive for weeks and never really recovered, losing to President Barack Obama on November 6.
"I didn’t go in there with a grudge against Romney. I was more interested as a voter," Prouty told MSNBC.
Mother Jones also confirmed that Prouty was the person who taped the video.
He described himself as a “regular guy, middle class, hard-working guy” and was tending bar at the event which donors had paid thousands of dollars to attend.
Prouty said he was initially motivated to release the tape by a different comment that Romney had made in which he expressed interest in having his private equity firm buy a Chinese factory that employed 20,000 people who earned little money.
The news media seized on the 47 percent section of the speech. Prouty said he felt it changed the course of the election.
"I think it defined him at a critical point, defined him for exactly who he was," said Prouty.
He said he had no contact with the Obama presidential campaign over the tape.
"I voted for President Obama, but I’m actually (a) registered independent," he said.
Mother Jones’ David Corn verified that Scott Prouty was indeed the videographer behind the 47% video, and he chose specific clips of the video that put Romney in compromising conditions:
The fellow on the other end of the phone call pronounced his name with hesitation. For nearly a fortnight, he and I had been building a long-distance rapport via private tweets, emails, and phone conversations as we discussed how best to make public the secret video he had shot of Mitt Romney talking at a private, $50,000-per-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Now I was almost ready to break the story at Mother Jones. I had verified the video, confirming when and where it had been shot, and my colleagues and I had selected eight clips—including Romney’s now-infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans he characterized as “victims” unwilling to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives”—to embed in twoarticles. We had blurred these clips, at the source’s request, to make it difficult to tell where Romney had uttered these revealing comments, while clearly showing that it was Romney speaking. The goal was to afford the source a modicum of protection.
The source was justifiably worried about repercussions. Once the video was posted, he might lose his job. He might face criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit. Months earlier, he had anonymously posted a snippet from the video, in which Romney nonchalantly described the work-camp-like living conditions at a Chinese factory he had visited. The source, offended by these comments, had hoped that the short clip would catch fire in the political-media world. But it hadn’t, partly because its context and origins were unknown. The source’s desire to remain in the shadows had hindered his ability to bring the story to the public.
Then James Carter IV, a freelance researcher (and, though I didn’t know it then, the grandson of Jimmy Carter) who had been sending me public documents regarding Romney’s prior business investments, had, at my request, tracked the anonymous poster down. I subsequently persuaded him to send me the full video of the fundraiser and to allow me to release portions of it, under the strict condition that I’d do whatever was possible to keep his identity hidden. He did not want to become the story. He hoped the public would focus only on Romney’s words. And through all this, he had not told me who he was, though he disclosed that he had worked at the fundraiser and insisted that he was no political partisan and had filmed Romney more out of curiosity than as part of a plan to trap the GOP candidate.
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