Mitt Romney Tells "Humorous" Story About His Dad Shutting Down Factory

| by Michael Allen

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently called in to a 'telephone town hall' in Wisconsin where he gave his support to Gov. Scott Walker (who is facing a recall) and Rep. Paul Ryan. Romney went on to tell a "humorous" story about his dad, Geroge Romney, shutting down a factory.

The Journal Sentinel reports:

“’One of most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” said Romney. “And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.’

Romney said he recalled a parade in which the school band marching with his father’s campaign only knew the Wisconsin fight song, not the Michigan song.

‘So every time they would start playing ‘On, Wisconsin, On, Wisconsin,’ my dad’s political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin,’ said Romney, laughing.”