The man who secretly filmed Romney's infamous 47% video during a campaign fundraiser last September has finally agreed to reveal himself tomorrow night on MSNBC. The Huffington Post interviewed the man several times over the past few months and, while they won't reveal his name until after MSNBC's big interview, they have released some information about the filmmaker, including his job and how he was indirectly inspired by Bill Clinton.
Prior to his political fame, the filmmaker worked as a bartender for a high-end catering company. Before that company was hired for the Romney event, it catered a dinner at which Bill Clinton spoke. The bartender/Romney-ruiner told the Huffington Post that after the speech, Clinton went to the kitchen to thank the staff, posing for photographs and signing autographs.
So when the bartender heard about the Romney event, he decided to bring his camera with him, just in case the candidate met with the staff like Clinton did. But because he's Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate didn't greet or thank any of the staff working the event, and rushed out shortly after his speech, though not before bartender secretly filmed it, noting that Romney told the dinner guests it was off the record but not the staff working the event.
But even then, the bartender didn't have plans to distribute the video, at least not until he heard Romney's offensive comments. After that, he told the Huffington Post, he had no choice but to leak the video.
"I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn't sleep after I watched it," he said. "I felt like I had a duty to expose it."
So, in addition to Jimmy Carter's grandson, Mitt Romney can thank his own awfulness and Bill Clinton's graciousness for the video that helped doom his campaign.
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