Mitt Romney has gone in all kinds of directions when asked about his position on health care, but we weren’t aware that he was campaigning so hard against Lyme Disease. Apparently, that’s his campaign’s tactic for winning over concerned moms in suburban Virginia, where deer and other wildlife contribute to the spread of Lyme. The news only picked up on it this week, and Mother Jones (of course) shared the above photo of one of his campaign mailers advertising the issue this morning. But even if this isn’t a last-ditch effort, it just seems Romney has bigger fish to fry (like coming up with a consistent story about where he stands on health care) than ticks.
Romney sent a public letter to Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, calling for his support in creating a “Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee.” As Mother Jones pointed out, he basically ignored the fact that health organizations are already in dispute over how to best treat and screen for Lyme Disease (and Wolf has already publicly sided in the debate). He’s also actively denied a need to do anything about climate change–something scientists expect will dramatically increase the occurrence of Lyme Disease.
Which is all to say that–just like his plan to send all uninsured Americans to the Emergency Room for medical care–he basically hasn’t thought through this campaign platform at all.
We’re trying really hard not to just turn Blisstree into a Romney-bashing party this season, but he’s making it hard.
Photo: Mother Jones/Twitter