Did Mitt Romney Take Kosher Food Away from Holocaust Survivors?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It appears Newt Gingrich is reaching into the bottom of the barrel in a desperate, last-ditch effort to win votes in Tuesday's Florida primary.

In an effort geared clearly to the state's older, Jewish population, Gingrich is claiming that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney took kosher food out of the mouths of Holocaust survivors.

The Washington Post reports that a robo-call informs voters that Romney “vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes -- Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher."

Commentary magazine reports that in 2002 budget cuts forced a few Massachusetts nursing homes to close down their kosher kitchens. Lawmakers proposed a bill that would provide $600,000 to either keep the kitchens open or bus in kosher food.

Now, Commentary points out that the nursing homes made the decision to close the kitchens to save money on their own, in part because so few of the seniors actually kept kosher; it was not an order that came from the government.

Romney vetoed the bill. However the veto was later overridden so the kitchens stayed open anyway.

"It's sad to see Speaker Gingrich lashing out in a desperate attempt to try and save his floundering campaign," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

Here is the call: