Romney Son: “Growing Up, We Never Had A Nanny Or A ‘Mommy’s Helper’”
12:00 pm, April 15th | by Laura Donovan
Many stepped out with pitchforks and stones when political consultant Hilary Rosen said last week that Ann Romney “has actually never worked a day in her life,” but one of Ann’s five sons, Ben reacted with poise in a new Facebook note about the now-viral (and tired) scandal, which he said did not give his mother the credit she deserved for managing her boys alone.
“Growing up, we never had a nanny or a ‘mommy’s helper.’ Never went to daycare,” the fourth Romney son wrote. “I was just one out of five, but always felt like I was the most important thing in her life. For my Mom to raise us 5 boys, the way she did, was, in my mind, the most demanding – and hopefully rewarding – work she could have done.”
Ben, who has a 3-year-old daughter of his own now, added that his mother had a strong presence in his childhood and supported him in all his endeavors:
“When I left for school in the morning (after she had made me breakfast), she was there. When I came home at the end of the day, she was there. She drove me to HOURS of my sports lessons and competitions (baseball, tennis, basketball, etc), and was my #1 fan in the stands. She encouraged my musical interests, and cheered me on at my piano recitals and high school band concerts. I could go on and on.”
Ben of course was not the first of the Romney kids to bound to Mama Ann’s defense in the aftermath of this mess. Josh Romney tweeted about his mom’s hard work soon after Rosen made the swipe on television, “@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman [sic] I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.”
The Rosen/Ann war is old news now and may never have been that difficult for Ann to endure, but it’s always cute to see young folks stand up for their parents. Better than the alternative that is all too pervasive in the media.