Jim Roddey, reportedly a long-time Pennsylvania GOP official and county chair, is making headlines after implying that a driver is “mentally retarded” for having an Obama bumper sticker on his car.
Speaking at an election night party Tuesday, the man described by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a “Silver Fox [with a] suave demeanor” reportedly said:
“There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed … I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.'”
According to the Post-Gazette’s Tim McNulty, the crowd “hollered and clapped” in response.
Roddey has long been a vocal supporter of Mitt Romney, even before the GOP presidential field was settled, and has joined GOP voices supporting the state’s strict new voter ID rules — at a Romney event last month he joked he had re-done is will so he could be buried in Philadelphia and vote from the grave.
Huffington Post commenters have gone into a frenzy, with nearly 1,000 comments in just a few hours.
“And these people get to vote?” one wrote.
Another added that, after “attacking women and minorities,” it is only “natural” to attack the mentally handicapped.