Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) has some advice for Mitt Romney as he campaigns for the presidency: start bragging about your wealth.
During a town hall meeting in Elmhurst this past weekend, Walsh told constituents that because making money is a good thing, Romney’s key to success is to tout his wealth. He advised Romney to start telling voters, “Hey you know what America? I’m a rich guy!” Walsh concluded that Romney should not be humble about his extraordinary wealth if he wants to succeed — “Don’t shy away from that! Rejoice in that!”
WALSH: It’s a good thing in this country, Tammy Duckworth, to make money. That is a good thing. I wish Mitt Romney would be proud of that. I wish Romney walked around every day in this campaign and said, “you know what? I’m real successful. Hey you know what America? I’m a rich guy! In fact, you might call me wealthy. That’s me, Mitt Romney. You know what? I worked my butt off to get this way. And you know what? I want you to be rich like me.” Don’t shy away from that! Rejoice in that!
Though Romney won’t say exactly how large his personal fortune is, he did feel the need to open accounts in countries notorious for tax dodging, including Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. In fact, Romney’s tax returns show that he makes more money in a single day than an average American makes in an entire year.
Even if Romney has largely ignored Walsh’s advice and avoided discussing his own wealth, many of his comments on the campaign trail betray the every-man image he’s trying to convey. He proposed a $10,000 bet on national television with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, said his $374,000 speaking fees was “not very much,” bragged about his “friends who are NASCAR team owners,” and declared that he’s “not concerned about the very poor.”