By Rachel Weiner at 09:23 AM ET, 04/16/2012
At a private fundraiser in Florida on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered an unusual glimpse at his policy plans — including the possibility that he might eliminate an agency his father led.
His wife, Ann Romney, also spoke candidly about the flap over stay-at-home moms last week as a campaign boost.
“I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney told the audience. His words were heard by reporters on a sidewalk outside the event. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later.”
Eddie Eitches, president of AFGE Local 476, a union representing about 6,000 HUD employees, said the former Massachusetts governor’s comments show he’s out of touch.
“Most everything he says about the housing industry and the crisis makes no sense,” Eitches said Monday morning when told of Romney’s comments. “We do a lot of things. We engage in fair housing, we stop discrimination, our FHA program provides mortgages for the middle class.”
HUD did not immediately return requests for comment.
Romney sources say he was tossing out ideas, not unveiling policy.