I reside in the area near where your paper is published
September 28, 2012 6:32 PM Subscribe
posted by Jagz-Mario (76 comments total)
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When Rex Conte's letter to the editor -- "Why I am Voting for Mitt Romney"
-- was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and then reached top-tier status on Google News, several commenters pointed out that Rex had a similar letter published in the Chicago Sun-Times
. Nothing too abnormal there, but in the Post-Dispatch letter he claimed his residence was "Chesterfield," outside of St. Louis, and in the Sun-Times letter, he claimed that his residence was "Oak Hills," outside of Chicago. So, "where does Rex live?"
curious readers wanted to find out. An editor from the Post-Dispatch called Rex to find out and followed up with a note at the bottom of the letter: "Mr. Conte wrote a similar letter to the Chicago Sun-Times that said he lived in Oak Park, Ill. Comments and emails questioned how he could live in two places and whether he was a real person. I talked on the phone with Mr. Conte, who says he used to live in Chesterfield but not any more. So we've changed his hometown in this letter." So, we now know he doesn't live in Chesterfield any more but the editor doesn't go into whether he still lives in Oak Park now or if he just "used to live there." The Sun-Times hasn't added any notes to Conte's letter in their publication but critics on the web are claiming
that the GOP is "planting fake Letters to Editors."
Conte's white lie wouldn't be so interesting if his letters hadn't so faithfully (and creatively) echoed one of the themes in Mitt Romney's 47% video
, when Romney was talking about how to reach independent voters
: "Those people that we have to get, they want to believe that they did the right thing, but he just wasn't up to the task. They love the phrase that 'he's over his head.'" In keeping with that line of reasoning, Conte presents himself as a corporate HR director (and former Obama supporter) who would give Obama a performace appraisal somewhere between "unsatisfactory to a performance improvement plan (PIP)," and invites other 53 percenters to join him in that assessment.