Tagg Romney took to Twitter to object to a one-line reference on “Mad Men” on Sunday, in which political operative and Betty Draper’s husband Henry Francis calls George Romney a “clown.”
The younger Romney wrote, “Seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa? @aburnspolitico: ‘Well, tell [him] not going to Michigan. Because Romney’s a clown’
“George Romney was as good a man I’ve ever known. Inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom. We need more like him”
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner is from the Hollywood left, as was apparent with his appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The episode is set in 1966, and Francis, an aide to then-New York Mayor John Lindsay, takes a call in which he refuses to have his boss appear with Romney. “Romney’s a clown and I don’t want him standing next to him,” he says.
George Romney was governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. At the time when the “Mad Men” episode was set, he was a rising star from the GOP’s liberal-moderate wing, but so too was Lindsay, having just taken office. Yet at the time, Romney had distanced himself from the GOP’s conservative wing, having refused to campaign with presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964.
The idea that Romney and Lindsay would be rivals in the party’s liberal wing (now all but extinct) is not so far fetched. But certainly the reference, coming in the midst of an election year in which his son is the GOP front runner, is somewhat gratuitous.