The man who tattooed Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign logo onto his face now wants it removed — because Romney has “no dignity.”
Eric Hartsburg, 30, initially said he had no regrets about the 5-by-2 inch “R” on the side of his face, which he was paid $15,000 to get. But the Michigan City, Ind. professional wrestler told Politico he’s now changed his mind — and it has to do with Romney’s “gift” remark about losing the election.
“It stands not only for a losing campaign but for a sore loser,” Hartsburg told Politico. “He’s pretty shameful as far as I’m concerned, man. There’s no dignity in blaming somebody else for buying votes and paying off people. I can’t get behind that or stay behind that.”
Romney told top donors during a post-election call that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he gave to minority voters, including free health care and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said.
Hartsburg told Politico he plans to get the tattoo lasered off, a process that could take a year. Tattoo removal chain Dr. TATTOFF has offered to do it for free.
Still, he told the Huffington Post on Thursday he has no qualms about having supporting Romney’s candidacy, despite describing himself as atheist, pro-gay rights and pro-abortion.
“I think Mitt Romney was the obvious choice and he was the best choice to lead the country,” Hartsburg said. “I cant’s say that I agree with everything, but I could agree with the fact that Mitt Romney was going to take the country in a better direction than the president.”
He said he got the tattoo done for entertainment value and “to make politics fun.” He said he’s gotten mixed reactions just walking down the street, saying he’s both been hugged and given the middle finger.
Hartsburg told Politico he’s “probably done with political tattoos” but isn’t ruling them out completely — though said he “might be a little bit more choosy” about getting one in the future.
He said one possibility is if Florida Sen. Marco Rubio runs in 2016, the “R” tattoo could pull double-duty.
“We’ll see in four years what the election brings and what candidates come along,” Hartsburg said. “Everybody keeps telling me to just put a sign in my yard instead of a tattoo on my face.”