Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for "taking advantage of a tragedy" by holding a "storm relief rallies" which sharply resembled political rallies, reports the Daily Mail.
At Ohio rallies this week, the Romney campaign bought goods from a nearby Wal-Mart and passed them out to attendees, who in turn "donated" them back to Romney in front of the media.
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Redfern told the Washington Post: "I think Governor Romney ought to be focused on things he could do and say on behalf of the victims, rather than going to Ohio. The most important swing state in the country, and taking advantage of a tragedy."
"Look, I’m a partisan. I’ll let others judge this. But I think someone of Governor Romney’s wealth could have just written a check for $10 million to the American Red Cross and then spent today with his family. He chose to do something much different. He chose to politicize this."
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, an Obama supporter, told MSNBC: "I think that this is just another moment where you see the clear striking difference between a president who has a heart for the American people and someone who simply wants to be president of the United States."
"You see the clear striking difference between a president who has a heart for the American people and someone who simply wants to be president of the United States."