OMG!… Joe Soptic, the Anti-Romney Cancer Ad Steelworker, Admits Bain Capital Offered Him a Buyout (Video)

On Tuesday the pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA unleashed an awful ad that put blame on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the death of a steel worker’s wife.

Joe Soptic, the former steel worker in the ad, blamed Mitt Romney for the death of his wife even though the steel plant he worked at closed after Romney left Bain. Mitt Romney left Bain 1999 to go work on the Winter Olympics. GST Steel went belly up in 2001. Soptic’s wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Yesterday, CNN spoke to Joe Soptic, and found out that when he lost his GST job, his wife was still working and carried her own health insurance, which she then lost in 2002 or 2003 when an injury forced her to leave the job. She passed away in 2006.

Then there’s this…
Joe Septic, the anti-Romney cancer ad steelworker, admitted in a recent interview that Bain Capital offered him a buyout before the plant closed in 2001.
I’m41 reported:

More… Soptic chose not to insure wife at post-GST job.

But, it’s Romney’s fault his wife died.

UPDATE: To build on what Ace said yesterday
Here’s the Joe Soptic timeline:

** Mitt Romney left Bain in 1999 to work on Olympics.
** GST Steel in Kansas City was shut down in 2001.
** Top Obama bundler Jonathan Lavine was in charge of Bain Capital at the time.
** Soptic was offered a buy-out.
** Soptic took another job but declined to purchase their insurance plan.
** Soptic’s wife had her own health insurance plan through 2003.
** In 2006, Soptic’s wife was diagnosed — diagnosed! — with very late-stage cancer.
** She died 22 days after diagnosis.
** The pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA cuts an ad blaming Romney for her death.

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  • Clafoutis

    His real name is Joe Septic.

  • Stonedome

    Another useful idiot on the road thru Obamaville

  • Gail

    I don’t think I am ever going to forget this video and the previous one either! And….not because Obama never wants me to forget! Good God people get a grip! This is such an abuse of everything we Americans should hold dear. What a sh!t load of crap these democrats are spreading. What kind of LIARS and CHEATERS are the American people going to be up against now and in the future. Seriously, God help us?

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  • Leemoe

    and did he take the offer, or was he union bone-head stupid?

  • bg


    May 14, 2012
    By Robert Costa

    The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Bain Bundler

    [As Katrina reports, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital in 1999 to manage the
    Winter Olympics, two years before GST Steel declared bankruptcy. But
    that hasn’t stopped President Obama from blaming him for the company’s
    2001 collapse. In a new Obama campaign video, ex-steel workers criticize
    Romney for being “out of touch” with the “average working person.” Left
    unmentioned (and blameless) is Jonathan Lavine.

    Lavine, according to the Los Angeles Times, is a top Obama bundler and
    a managing director at Bain Capital. Lavine, who has raised over $100,000
    for the president, was at the firm when GST Steel declared bankruptcy.
    So according to the Obama team’s logic, Romney, who had left Bain, is
    responsible for GST Steel’s demise, but Lavine, who was there, is not?
    Expect to hear more about this connection.]

    more here (#7)..

    July 18, 2012
    by Jim Hoft

    Obama’s Top Bundler Jonathan Lavine Was
    In Charge of Bain During GST Steel Layoffs


    OT: Black Panthers


  • Kansas City

    I agree the ad by Priorities USA was deceptive and disgusting, but I don’t see the significance of Mr. Soptic having been offered a buyout. He apparently turned it down. The plant later closed. What difference does it make that he was offered a buyout that he did not take?

  • bg


    re: #6 August 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm bg

    Democracy Now –
    Amy bin Laden Goodman
    January 10, 2012

    Joe Soptic 6:25 mark


  • katy

    @ Jim Hoft
    Then there’s this…
    Joe Septic, the anti-Romney cancer ad steelworker…

    Septic…Soptic….a fruedian slip, a typo or projection?

    Either way it seems to work….

  • Objective Analysis

    How many want to bet that the MSM or Obama Campaign paid him money and he can’t keep his lies straight?

  • valerie

    #7 August 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    Kansas City commented:

    It means he could have had a severance package.

  • succotash

    @Gail…..well said and I agree..deliver us from evil.

  • bg


    Objective Analysis #10 August 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    that’s a winner of a bet if there ever was one..


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  • Granny

    And then there is this – Joe made TWO ads – one was shown back in May. One is for a SuperPac supporting Obama and one is for Obama. However, they both appear to have been made on the same day . .

    More at HotAir

  • Granny

    #11 August 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    valerie commented:

    #7 August 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    Kansas City commented:

    It means he could have had a severance package.

    It means that he probably DID have a severance package. Offering a buyout when you want to get rid of higher paid union employees for lesser paid ones is nothing new or underhanded. My nephew was offered a buyout by the phone company when they wanted to switch from the old contract terms to terms that were nowhere near as generous.

  • BS-meter


    It is not Romney’s, nor Obama’s, nor anyone else’s responsibility to make decisions for Joe Soptic as they pertain to his financial security. Unless, of course, you think like ‘Julia’ does, that the nanny state must take care of us all.

    It’s called personal responsibility. Our founders instituted a system of government based on the premiss that each individual be left free to attain whatever he was capable of attaining through his own industry and effort.

    Bain offered him a buyout. Was it a roll of the dice? Maybe. Did he choose poorly? I can’t say. But if Joe took his paycheck and went to “Terrible’s Casino” and lost it all, are we supposed to give it back to him? The guy’s an Obama shill.

    I hope he didn’t squander the money they paid him for making this libelous piece of propaganda, but if I had to guess………..

  • Sasja

    #5 August 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm
    Leemoe commented:
    and did he take the offer, or was he union bone-head stupid?

    He was union bone-head stupid.

  • Redwine

    Even more…
    Soptic is truly septic. He alone is responsible for the death of his wife.

    Let’s just put it out there plainly. Joe Soptic is a vicious liar and union thug, and is so despicable that he would use his own dead wife, whose death he is far more responsible for then Mitt Romney, in a completely falsified ad to help his Marxist god Barack Obama.

    her cancer wasn’t caught because she wouldn’t go to the doctor and he didn’t do enough to persuade her to go. It had nothing whatsoever to do with health insurance and he knows it. He knew it just like he knew that Mitt Romney wasn’t the one who closed his company.

    To sum up the time line:

    1999 – Romney leaves Bain to run the 2002 Olympics (paid leave of absence)
    2001 – GST goes bankrupt
    2002 – Joe Soptic laid off (by Jonathan Lavine, an Obama bundler…not Mitt Romney), Soptic’s wife does not lose health insurance
    2002 or 2003 – Joe Soptic’s wife laid off from her own job and loses her own health insurance
    2006 – Soptic’s wife dies of lung cancer previously undiscovered because she refused to go to the doctor

  • Redwine

    This is the filthiest, lowdown smear. It’s libel and worthy of a lawsuit.