'Dirty Jobs' host Mike Rowe to appear Wednesday with Mitt Romney at Bedford Heights event
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Politics can be a muddy business. Enter "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe.
The Discovery Channel personality and Ford Motor Co. pitchman will offer his support Wednesday to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a public event in Bedford Heights.
Romney's campaign announced the Rowe endorsement late Monday when confirming Romney's Cleveland-area itinerary for the final day of a two-day bus tour through battleground Ohio.
Rowe made headlines this month for an open letter he wrote to Romney, seeking a "national conversation" on skilled labor and "about what we value in the workforce." Rowe opened the letter by pledging to vote for Romney if he read the whole thing. A campaign aide later Tweeted a photo of Romney reading the letter.
(Rowe closed the letter by saying he wrote to President Barack Obama four years ago but received no response.)
Christopher Maloney, Romney's Ohio spokesman, said Monday evening that Rowe and Romney will meet before the 12:15 event Wednesday at American Spring Wire in Bedford Heights. Rowe is scheduled to introduce the former Massachusetts governor.
The campaign is billing it as a "micro-manufacturing roundtable." Free tickets are available here.
The Bedford Heights stop is sandwiched between a morning rally near Columbus, where Romney will appear with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and an evening rally in Toledo. He will kick off his bus tour Tuesday with running mate Paul Ryan in Dayton.
I can't think of a dirtier job than stumping for Mitt Romney, so this is working out very well for Mike Rowe.
That's surprising. Mike Rowe seems like the everyman type. In 2000, he had a cable show in San Francisco. Then he hit it big years later with Dirty Jobs.
I'm actually surprised by this.
Dead to me too, R2. DEAD.
And how exactly does he think that Mitt Romney will benefit labor and laborers?? Mitt Romney is an ENEMY of labor. What a stupid fucking asshole Mike Rowe is.
He must think he's super important to expect the POTUS to read a letter from him. I'm sure Obama has nothing better to do than read letters from D-Listers.
So Rowe's picked the guy who closes factories, exports jobs and wants to kill unions? Sounds like a paid endorsement deal.
r10, if it was 4 years ago, the letter was to candidate Obama.
Honestly, I don't think this is an endorsement. It's more like a roundtable discussion on labor issues. I think the Romney Campaign is spinning it as an endorsement but I'm not getting that from the article.
It's a weird condition. Read the whole letter and I'll vote for you. When you support a candidate, there should be a condition to go along with it.
Another "top" celebrity for Romney!
Rowe's next show, - "Dirty" Jobs. Rowe comes in as union buster and fires as many workers as possible in a half-hour slot!
Here's Mike Rowe, bitching on camera because a male fan wrote that he has a crush on him.
I thought I read on DL that he's gay? Yeah, I know, DLers say that about every famous guy, but I was left with the impression that it was true in his case.
The smug assholery wipes away the "hotness".
TBH i had seen him but didn't know his name. The youtube link here makes him look like a total douchebag.
Alright bitches, time to out this cunt.
Mike Rowe is a chain-smoking wanna-be, who basically made a living as a narrator (that's where the cigs come in handy), until he produced his own vehicle, that "Dirty Jobs" show.
Even Chuck Norris has had more of a career than Rowe.
Please don't touch me Mike. Goodness. Forgive me, won't you? You see Rowe, I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at the dirt!
R15... what a fucking tool.
He's dead to me.
Is he filming an episode of Dirty Jobs?
Well Mike Rowe, our lust affair was fun while it lasted.
Hit the showers, daddy, and clean up your act.
when he first started doing those commercials, DL swore up and down he was gay. no longer true?
Both Datalounge and I believe Mike Rowe should use the back door, and, although different, our reasons involve something dirty.
Clearly Mike is NOT gay after all.
Is he going to muck out the stall of Ann's horse while he's with the Romneys?
r25, watch the video at r15 and then tell us what YOU think the answer to your question is.
I kinda liked Mike Rowe, but that video at r15 wiped it out in 90 seconds.
Mike, you may be more handsome and butch than I, but only one of us was a Home Shopping Network host.
Yeah, I used to think he was hot too but the Romney connection and the clip at R15 have thoroughly vacuumed it out.
He looks and sounds like that Ernest (Hey Vern) character in that clip anyway.
Rowe-whine-a is frontin'
That clip has been around forever but this Romney thing has wiped out most of his gay fans, I am pretty sure. In one fell swoop.
I just want to know why people were swearing on their grandmother's grave that he was gay. Obviously, he isn't and never has been.
First I saw of the video. But it alone would have been enough to wipe out any appreciation I had for the guy. Add in the Romney thing? He's beyond dead to me.
Well that is sure a boner killer. No Ford. no Dirty Jobs.
He no longer exists for me.
Haha what a turn around from DL.
Mike Rowe is a pompous douchebag--just like Romney.
Rowe's show is dirty and gross and appeals to straight men, yet he expects to go onto his website after a hard day of filming and read adoring fan mail from females. He's a conceited asshole.
I've always thought he was a douche, and saw that video awhile back. I've also always thought he looked like Ernest, too. Never saw the appeal.
Argh! He should've stayed out of it. Now I can't watch his show anymore.
(And yeah: Romney being a supporter of skilled crafts and labor? Not bloody likely).
He's a tool. The repugs can have him. He acts so smug in those truck commercials. No big loss.
Why would a celebrity come out in support of Romney NOW? Isn't that like hopping on board the Titanic after it had begun taking on water?
that saddens me greatly
This is DL, r33. That's all you need to know.
I never thought the guy was even close to being hot and always thought of him as a major douchebag.
Some of you queens have some mighty low standards for hotness if this paunchy, middle aged schlub rocked your world.
I still think he's gay-or a closet freak. 50 years old,never married,wannanbe opera singer and never linked to any female and apparently Repug. Smells like a self hating closet case to me!
'Dirty Jobs' star Mike Rowe talks work with Mitt Romney in Ohio
By Kate O'Hare | September 26, 2012 1:47 AM ET
Mike meets Mitt on Wednesday (Sept. 26) in the Buckeye State to talk about how to get America back to work.
Mike Rowe is host of Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" and the new "How Booze Built America," airing Wednesdays, but he has a spin-off career as creator of mikeroweWORKS.com, a Website and a movement dedicated to functioning as a PR campaign for traditional, hands-on jobs.
"I really believe," Rowe tells Zap2it, "part of the reason that three million shovel-ready jobs entirely imploded is the fact that [President Barack Obama] was trying to sell that notion to a country that doesn't want to pick up a shovel."
Back in early September, Rowe, as he did for the newly elected Obama in 2009, wrote an open letter to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the state of work in America, stating, "If you read the whole thing, I'll vote for you in November."
While Rowe says he "will make no public endorsement, one way or the other," it does appear that the former Massachusetts governor did indeed read the letter, as seen in this photo tweeted out on Sept. 6 by his traveling press secretary, Rick Gorka, with the note "Gov catching up on news after debate prep, incl. an interesting letter about skilled labor from @MikeRoweWorks"
Two days later, Rowe tweeted, "Holy crap! He read it ..."
"I heard from him within 12 hours," says Rowe. "He called back and invited me to Ohio to sit on a roundtable with a bunch of CEOs to have a conversation about all of it."
Of course, after this exchange, attacks on American embassies in Libya and elsewhere overtook the news cycle, along with the Romney and Obama campaigns. Rowe wondered if the event was still on.
"They called last night," says Rowe, speaking on Sept. 25, right after landing in Cleveland, Ohio, "and they said, 'No, game on. Can you get there?' I said, 'Yeah, as long as I'm still invited.' They said, 'Oh, you are our invited guest.' So I hopped on a plane, and here I am."
Billed as a "Manufacturing Event with Mitt Romney in Bedford Heights (OH)," the free event takes place at American Spring Wire. According to Rowe, the CEO will take the invited guests on a tour of the factory, followed by a conversation in front of the crowd. No word at press time whether any portion of the event will be televised nationally, but Rowe does plan to post at least some video on his site.
"There are going to be a lot of cameras there," he says, "but I'm working right now to see if I can get somebody there to chronicle the event for mikeroweWORKS people."
Rowe traveled at his own expense. Also, despite reports saying that the appearance with Romney equals support for the Republican's campaign, Rowe says, "That is indeed spin. No, it's not an endorsement.
"In fact, I'm going to be as clear as I can -- this is the same message that I've been out there with for the last four years, same message I went to various states with.
"It's the same message that got the whole 'Go Build...' campaign off the ground in Alabama."
And, Rowe's willing to take his act on the road with Romney's rival.
"Look, if the president calls and says, 'Hey, I'm having a jobs summit,' I'll be there, if he wants to talk about a PR campaign for work. I'm not beyond taking advantage of a presidential election.
"I've not heard from the White House. No, but standing by!"
What a moron.
throw your support to the guy who wants to destroy unions and export the factories where you do most of your 'dirty work'.
I wonder how much he's getting paid.
Does Rowe even get the hypocrisy of supporting someone who is an affront to what he highlights?
I am happy to say that I never liked this guy and cannot bear to watch anything with him in it. He ALWAYS came across as a major douchebag asshole even when he first appeared on TV.
I prefer Don Wildman - he would get down and dirty on "Cities of the Underworld" and "Off Limits". And of course "Filthiest Cities."
He also is a hell of a lot hotter (and seemingly, more intelligent) than that shlub, Mike Rowe.
An opera singer who lives in San Francisco with a mysterious GF no one has ever seen.
Okay SF, DLers, if any of you have ever slept with this slime, it's time to out him!
[quote]Some of you queens have some mighty low standards for hotness if this paunchy, middle aged schlub rocked your world.
Actually, there are plenty of "paunchy, middle aged" guys that I find sexy—just not this guy.
Dead to me.
[quote]I just want to know why people were swearing on their grandmother's grave that he was gay. Obviously, he isn't and never has been.
You might want to look up the concept of "wishful thinking". On a related note, you should be made aware, in some fashion, that everything you read on the internet is not true.
Since you seem unbelievably dense, perhaps a patient and well-meaning friend, or someone with experience in special education, could help you understand these difficult to comprehend knowledge with some flash cards or maybe a role-playing exercise.
Just another whore. Don't act so surprised.
R54, the guy you're going after simply said that people were swearing up and down that he was gay. I remember all that: he lives in SF, he sings opera, he doesn't have a wife or gf. THEREFORE, he MUST be gay.
Rather than go after someone who is simply stating a fact, maybe you should be mocking all those silly teenage-girls-in-men's-bodies queens who were just so SURE this guy was gay.
[quote]Rowe traveled at his own expense. Also, despite reports saying that the appearance with Romney equals support for the Republican's campaign, Rowe says, "That is indeed spin. No, it's not an endorsement."
Can any of you idiots read?
NOT an endorsement. What is unclear about this?
His appearance is an endorsement whether or not he wants to claim it as such. You can't have it both ways.
What everyone else said: Rowe is dead to me.
R57, please explain this statement Rowe made:
[quote].Rowe opened the letter by pledging to vote for Romney if he read the whole thing. A campaign aide later Tweeted a photo of Romney reading the letter.
[quote]wrote an open letter to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the state of work in America, stating, "If you read the whole thing, I'll vote for you in November."
Romney read the letter. Sure as fuck sounds like an endorsement to me. That and the fact that he showed up with Mittens is enough for me. Like others he is dead to me.
Anyone know if he's still doing Ford commercials? If do definitely time to stop buying them.
I distinctly remember that he identified as conservative Republican during the last election. I have hated him ever since. So I have to wonder if he claims he gave obama the same chance to "read his letter."
Talk about narcissistic and self-important. And talk about not understanding the importance of political involvement. He makes it sound like a fucking reality show contest. "Show me a picture of you reading this and you get my vote!"
Apparently POTUS did not deign to publicly read the letter of a cable TV host so now he's pissed and threw his support behind Romney. I doubt the President even knows who Mike Rowe he is and could care less.
Rowe is always championing the average working man. How does he compare this "corporation are people too"?
He's too fugly to be gay.
You think Rowe spent time talking to the UAW workers in Detroit? You know, the ones who still have their 'dirty jobs'? The ones that would have disappeared if Mitt had let the auto industry go down? Which is what he said he would have done? Huh, Mike? Did you?
Didn't think so.
R-45 is right - the girlfriend has never, ever been seen or identified in all these years. That just isn't possible. The guy is playing straight - for whatever reason - but I am sure he's gay as a goose!
he's dead for me, too.
Can't this guy afford to get a new cap? He looked positively juvenile wearing that same cheesy cap he has been wearing for years and years.
Rmoney was beaming at him exactly the way he beams at Ann when she is speaking. Creepy.
Rowe has gotten flabby too. In the early years of his dirty jobs gig he was hot- now he's just another idiot voting against the best interest of those he appeals to. Doubt the Koch bros watch his show.
Don Wildman is a decent guy. I briefly waited tables with him in my 20s and he was a cool, nice guy.
What does ANY union member have to gain by supporting ANY Republican!? Bizarre!
Charlie is right. Rowe now has major moobs! He thinks he looks hot in those truck commercials? He's deluded. I always thought he was a big closet case, too. Now, after this, he has tipped over into douchebag territory. And I don't think he's comin' back.
[quote]The girlfriend has never, ever been seen or identified in all these years.
Just like Corky St. Clair!
Does Mike Rowe produce his own programs or does he just star in them?
Here with another DEAD TO ME comment. If he thought that by promoting his show by appearing with Mitt was going to line his pockets - well, fuck HIM!
He's already doing these stupid truck commercials trying to appeal to this uber tough guy mystique, meanwhile the man sings opera.
Real men sing opera donchaknow?
Fuck him - I used to think he was cool - now I know better. And I hope his handlers see this as it WILL appear on his Google Alerts.
I sure hope Ford drops him as a liability.
I know I won't purchase or patronize any place he shills for now.
He can go fuck himself.
At one point, he was truly a smoking hot daddy. But eventually he became insuffarably smug and full-of-himself...and the hotness evaporated.
Now it's gone for good. Never to return.
Mike didn't vote for that prick Romney!!!
UGH! He is DEAD to me, despite being sexier than any other guy!
thanks for reviving this thread, I just brought it up on the other thread about Rowe.
Why do people vote in the first place? The electoral college can overwrite the popular vote thus leaving votes pointless in the end.
What a dumb fucker. Why does he have to be like that? Another 'dead to me' vote.