The political wires buzzed a bit yesterday about this little incident:
While schmoozing local residents at a diner in Dover, New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, a senior citizen refused to shake hands with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and said he would never vote for a Mormon.
“I am one person who will not vote for a Mormon,” the man, identified by the Associated Press as Al Michaud, said to Romney as he approached Michaud’s table.
“Oh, is that right?” Romney said. “Can I shake your hand anyway?”
“No,” Michaud said, refusing to meet eyes with the Republican presidential candidate.
Romney then said okay, chuckled, and walked away from Michaud’s table.
Afterwards, Michaud identified himself to reporters as “a liberal” who planned to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, should she win the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. The real “Mormon problem” is on the left, and it’s the same problem they have with evangelicals: they don’t like our values.
UPDATE: Obviously when I woke up this morning, I needed to keep scrolling down. Just a few posts below sits a longer and more thoughtful piece on this very incident from Steve. Oh well, I’ll leave this up since I always like to throw in a good “I told you so.”