“President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign. President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.”
– Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, responding to charges by Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to the effect that Romney was a felon for not reporting his “continued involvement” with Bain Capital after his resignation in 1999 to run the Salt Lake City Olympics. Romney’s “continued involvement,” Bain’s current management explained, had to do with lag time involved in selling off Romney’s stock in the company at an acceptable price.