That is Mitt Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom. See, Mitt Romney made a surprise stop at Solyndra headquarters today. Oh, yes, he did.
Romney is visiting Solyndra HQ? #nice
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 31, 2012
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2012
In a very smart move, Team Mitt kept it a secret for added oomph.
Why the secrecy? Romney adviser says they believe word got out Solyndra and Obama admin "would do everything in their power, to stop us"
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) May 31, 2012
More from ABC News:
“The reason for keeping it quiet is because we knew if word got out that Solyndra would do everything in their power and the Obama administration would do everything in their power to stop us from having this news conference,” an aide said in a briefing en route. “But taxpayers made a substantial investment in Solyndra, there are serious questions about what happened at Solyndra, why that investment was selected, what happened to that money.”
Solyndra is the failed California-based solar technology company that received more than $500 million in federal stimulus money before it went bankrupt last year. It has since become a mantle of Romney’s argument that Obama doesn’t know how to run the economy.
Because, you know, he doesn’t know how to run an economy. And Solyndra shows crony capitalism at its worst. The Obama administration gave them over $500 billion for “green” projects; $535 billion of taxpayer money. They went bankrupt. Too big to fail?
— MsCookie (@colettecookie) May 31, 2012
— Joe Kasper (@JoeKasper8) May 31, 2012
Twitter was buzzing with the news and provided more live photos from the presser.
Well played! CNN: Romney makes surprise visit to Solyndra – http://t.co/nxYoRbQU
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) May 31, 2012
To keep Solyndra stop secret, reporters told they "needed to travel in a campaign bus to an undisclosed location." http://t.co/jyGfsXIh
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) May 31, 2012
— Chris Moody (@moody) May 31, 2012
Romney's surprise news conference at Solyndra pic.twitter.com/CSn9i87k
— Eric Fehrnstrom (@EricFehrn) May 31, 2012
As Twitchy reported earlier, David Axelrod was thrown totally off his lying game at another event and this surprise presser by Romney is sure to have rattled him more.
Axelrod flustered by Romney's protesters at "secret" event, while Romney holds presser outside of Solyndra http://t.co/YeDz9dUp
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) May 31, 2012
Conservatives on Twitter were tickled pink (but not pinko!) by this turn of events. Mitt Romney is showing some fighting spirit and conservatives are saying it’s about time.
*Video* Mitt Romney calls Solyndra 'Obama's Taj Mahal' http://t.co/YMsW06Pg
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 31, 2012
— Right Wing NutJob (@buszero) May 31, 2012
Romney at Solyndra… <<< Oh no he di'int! Hahaaaa! #obamaFAIL
— Debra Lynn (@ConservaDeb) May 31, 2012
When I heard Romney pulled a surprise Solyndra presser http://t.co/2II9qCv1
— AlexaShrugged (@AlexaShrugged) May 31, 2012
Can you imagine John McCain having the stones to do a Solyndra avail? No. You can not. Props. http://t.co/dTstOPx3
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 31, 2012
— d (@resagntjustd) May 31, 2012
Romney comes out swinging and rightly so. Good job. http://t.co/lEATJqlo
— Whatcom Republicans (@WhatcomGOP) May 31, 2012
Good move, Mitt Romney. More like this, please. Remember, no more Mr. Nice Guy.