Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, joined our Romney Economics bus tour in Madison to talk to his fellow Wisconsinites about Romney's plan to cut firefighter jobs across the country—and his record of slashing essential safety equipment for firefighters in Massachusetts.
"First responders were among the many victims of Romney Economics in Massachusetts. Romney has made it absolutely crystal clear—he doesn’t care about our jobs. And apparently, he doesn’t care about our safety either.
"In Massachusetts, Romney vetoed millions of dollars for fire-safety equipment. And it wasn’t funding in all-encompassing bill that Romney vetoed. He specifically targeted this safety equipment by vetoing it with a line-item veto.
"As governor, Mitt Romney cut funding for our coats, pants, boots—equipment that is essential to do the job and that protects firefighters when they run into a burning building.
"Firefighters simply cannot do their jobs without that lifesaving equipment—it’s like asking you to swim with your arms tied behind your back.
"Mitt Romney made it clear that equipment our first responders needed to keep themselves and our communities safe was not a priority to him.