The man whose actions may have cost Mitt Romney the presidential election came forward last night in an interview on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.
Broward catering company bartender Scott Prouty identified himself as the one who secretly taped Romney’s speech at a fundraiser at the Boca Raton mansion of hedge fund investor Marc Leder.
The video showed Romney speak to well-heeled guests about how 47 percent of Americans would never vote for him because they want government handouts from President Barack Obama‘s administration.
The footage was credited, or blamed, for a sudden dip in Romney’s popularity in the waning moments of the campaign.
“I was behind this whole thing,” Prouty told host Ed Schultz.
Hollywood resident Prouty described himself as the child of blue collar Boston parents. He said he wanted folks who couldn’t afford the $50,000 it cost to be at Leder’s $4 million-house to find out what occurs at such fundraisers.
Prouty, a registered independent who votes for Democrats, said he originally brought the camera to have photos taken with the candidate like he did with former President Bill Clinton at another event.
Instead, he captured what Romney himself admitted was a blow to his campaign.
Prouty realized early on that his tape was dynamite and wrestled for days with the idea to release the footage. He worried about his job, making payments on his apartment, his lack of health coverage, getting trashed by Romney’s campaign and getting sued by Leder for wiretapping.
Eventually, Prouty said he’d consider it cowardly not to release the tape and made it available anonymously to Mother Jones.
“I went down that path and never looked back,” Prouty said.
What took him so long to come forward? He just said he didn’t want to distract from Romney’s message during the campaign!
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