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Whether Dog or Horse, Mitt and Ann Romney are Equally Uncaring

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In my October 17, 2011, commentary “about the abuse Mitt Romney inflicted years ago on an Irish setter named Seamus,” I described the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as “a vapid and desperate egomaniac” whose “narcissism would be better described as callous inhumanity.” It has now come to my attention that the arrogant materialist’s wife is equally soulless when it comes to the well-being of other species.

Ann Romney — who insultingly told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that “the dog loved it,” not even bothering to refer to Seamus by name — was no more concerned when, “in 2003, a newly purchased horse, Marco Polo, was flown from Germany to Boston, where his container tipped on the runway,” according to a story in the Los Angeles Times, which explains that “the horse tore a hind ligament and spent a year recuperating. But the accident might have been much worse, Romney revealed in her deposition. ‘Somebody in the container almost got killed we found out later. It was terrible.'”

It’s another example of the Romneys transporting an animal in a container and showing no concern for his health and well-being.

And then there’s the lawsuit Catherine Norris filed in 2010 against Ann Romney and her friends and business partners.

A BuzzFeed article by Rosie Gray tells us that “Romney and her trainers sold (a) horse, Super Hit, in 2008 for $125,000. And Super Hit had what a prominent veterinarian described as a staggering quantity of drugs in its system at the time of its examination before being sold, according to a toxicology report that’s part of the lawsuit over the horse’s condition.”

Dr. Stephen Soule, VMD, testified that “in my 38 years of practice, I have never come across a drug screen such as this where the horse has been administered so many different medications at the same time. … The fact that Super Hit was loaded with multiple doses of anti-inflammatory drugs is highly suspicious (and suggests) that (the) defendants were covering-up or masking any lameness issues Super Hit was having prior to the pre-purchase examination.”

(A copy of Dr. Soule’s testimony accompanies Ms. Gray’s BuzzFeed article.)

The “defendants” to which Dr. Soule referred included Jan and Amy Ebeling and Ann Romney. (Ms. Gray pointed out in her BuzzFeed piece that “the case with Romney was settled last September and she is no longer involved in the lawsuit.”)

Robin Abcarian’s above-mentioned Los Angeles Times story explains that “for nearly 10 years, Romney has trained and ridden with Jan and Amy Ebeling, who own the Acres, an immaculate, Mediterranean-style ranch in Moorpark, about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Romney is a partner with the Ebelings in the Acres, and she and Amy Ebeling own Rob Rom Enterprises LLC, a foreign corporation registered in Delaware that buys and trains dressage horses.”

The New York Times reported in June that “Jan Ebeling, Mrs. Romney’s longtime riding tutor, and his horse Rafalca, co-owned by Mrs. Romney, earned a berth on the United States Olympic dressage team.”

Something tells me that the Romneys’ trip to London will be much more comfortable than Rafalca’s.


  1. clinton Adams wrote:

    Excellent article, David. We all need to do what we can, to make sure that the Morons don’t overtake the country. Have you seen “The Book of Mormon”? It’s one of the biggest fucking riots I’ve ever seen.

    Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  2. David Brensilver wrote:


    I have not yet seen The Book of Mormon. It’s something I really need to do. Another dear friend whose opinion I value described the musical very much like you did.


    Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

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