Mitt Romney’s campaign asked a production company with an unfortunate name to cover up its logo while handling a Romney event in Grand Junction, Colo., according to the local press.
The company, Snob Productions, has handled lighting and sound for various political candidates, including President Obama in 2008. But Romney’s campaign was apparently concerned the name would feed into Democratic attacks on the candidate’s wealth in an embarrassing way, according to the Daily Sentinel.
[G]ov. Mitt Romney’s town hall event Tuesday was the first time a candidate’s campaign had asked owner David Wall to shield his company’s logo from public view.
As a result, logos on the company’s trucks were masked and company workers wore something other than their company-issued T-shirts.
Both bear the company’s logo, a drawing of a woman with her nose turned up over a black ink blot. That is positioned just below the company name, Snob, written in bold red letters.
“I wouldn’t say it was because they didn’t like the name, it had more to do with proper media coverage staying focused on the right place,” said Wall, who formed the company at 2511 Filmore Ave. in 2000. “We’re easy to work with. We don’t mind. I understand these political events.”
While Wall wasn’t directly told why the company was asked to cover its name, he suspected it might have been either because the campaign doesn’t want to appear to be endorsing any company or because of criticism Romney has received for being wealthy, having numerous homes and riding dressage horses.
Wall said he was asked to move his truck away from the cameras for a 2008 Obama event, but not to cover the logo.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.