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Presumed GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s seemingly unending string of gaffes and political missteps are leaving aides frazzled, GOP loyalists confounded and reporters gleeful as the candidate stumbles from one verbal disaster to another.
Emotions boiled over in Poland Tuesday when Romney’s traveling press secretary Rick Gorka lost his cool with reporters who shouted questions at the candidate as he walked away from Pillsudski Square.
“Kiss my ass,” Rick Gorka told the press corps. “This is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.” When the questions persisted, Gorka shouted back: “Shove it!”
Gorka later apologized to some reporters, saying his reaction “was inappropriate.”
Sources close to the Romney campaign tell Capitol Hill Blue that Gorka “got his ass handed to him” by Romney himself when word of the outburst reached the candidate.
Inappropriate or not, Gorka’s response showcases the increasing level of frustration in the Romney camp over the Presidential contenders apparent inability to think on his feet and to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
From questioning British security at the Olympics to saying Israel’s economy is superior to the United States because of “cultural advantages” enjoyed by Israelis, Romney’s string is gaffes is growing and so is concern over his readiness for the Presidency.
“Everyone makes a mistake or two,” GOP strategist Rick Angler tell Capitol Hill Blue, “but Romney is on a roll and that is reason for concern.”
Since his gaffe in Britain last week, Romney has avoided the press. Reporters were barred from his fundraiser in Israel.