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The Detroit News Covers Comedian and Mitt Romney Impersonator Jim Gossett at a rally for Good Jobs Now

on Friday, 31 August 2012. Posted in Press

Fake Mitt Romney stars at Detroit pro-Democrat rally

Mitt Romney Impersonator Jim Gossett Appears In Detroit At Good Jobs Now Rally
Detroit — The real Mitt Romney couldn't make it this week. He's roughly 1,000 miles away in Florida preparing to accept Thursday night the GOP presidential nomination. It's probably for the best, since the rally hosted by Good Jobs Now featured plenty of anger toward the economic proposals in the candidate's platform.

A crowd of more than 200 turned up Thursday afternoon at Greening of Detroit Park for a rally/performance that featured impressionist Jim Gossett in the role of an unwelcome Romney.

He entered to the song "Mr. Roboto," and the satire only cranked up from there.

Gossett pounced on everything, from Romney's physical appearance — "I'm what Eddie Munster would look like if he was 65 years old" — to his failure to release all of his tax returns to claims he has shipped jobs overseas.

But to the people on-hand, most pulling for President Barack Obama to win another four-year term in November, the issues Romney has targeted for change are extremely worrisome.

At 50, Detroit's Traci Gibson is facing a host of health-related issues — many of which her Medicaid plan doesn't fully cover. She's hoping to get Medicare coverage to help with her diabetes, but fears Romney's promise to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act will mean she can't get it.

Gibson, who described herself as middle class, said: "His political agenda is not necessarily for families in my situation. He wants to throw the tax burden back onto the middle class. After that, we won't be middle class any more."

For 74-year-old Theresa Smith of Eastpointe, concerns include not only Medicare cuts, but cuts to the federal Pell Grant program, which provides funding to low-income students to receive a secondary education.

Walter Starghill Jr., a bishop with the Face to Face International Outreach Ministry in Inkster, was among those who addressed the crowd of activists. He targeted Romney's stance on keeping the minimum wage in place at $7.25 an hour.

"If you like getting paid that, raise your hand," Starghill said to the crowd, which responded by keeping their arms at their sides.

After the rally, a Romney campaign official said there is much for the middle class to like about the candidate's economic plan.

"There's only one candidate in this race who has promised to raise taxes — Barack Obama," spokeswoman Kelsey Knight said in a written response to questions. "Mitt Romney supports revenue-neutral tax reform that lowers rates across the board — for all taxpayers — and maintains the progressivity of the current code.

"President Obama's failed policies have led to record-level unemployment and 23 million Americans struggling for work. Mitt Romney's Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will mean more jobs, more take-home pay, and a stronger economy."

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