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Romney + Adultery Billboard: Funny? Inappropriate? Both?

Very social networking site uses Romney's image to knock his tax practices and encourage people to have affairs.

Mitt Romney is a cheater—at least on his taxes—according to online, extramarital personals website AshleyMadison.com.

The very social networking site posted that opinion on a billboard in South Boston this week, and the message lasted for less than a day.

The billboard featured an image of Gov. Romney putting his finger in front of his lips in the universal sign for "Shhh..." juxtaposed with the message: "if cheating on your taxes is ok, so is... AshleyMadison.com."

The ad ended with the company's tagline of "Life is short. Have an affair," and it ended its tenure along the roadside in less than 24 hours.

While Romney's tax practices have come under criticism for the use of Caribbean and Swiss bank accounts, there is no evidence the tactics aren't perfectly legal.

An AshleyMadison representative told Boston media that the billboard company pulled the ad because it had generated many complaints.

What about you? Would you complain about this ad? Is it funny? Offensive? Fair play? Tell us in the comments.

mike September 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
your eloquent command of the language speaks volumes of your character.. in a similar fashion your named personal attack displays the immense courage you have from behind a keyboard. i'm sure you make republicans everywhere proud. excellent use of the comment section, you pillar of the neighborhood.
Rick Smith September 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Funny you say that. I seem to remember when he was Governor he took us from the RED and put us into the BLACK. Something nobody has been able to do since. Additionally, he enacted Masscare when this all transpired. My our memories are short, or very selective, or both!
Rick Smith September 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Lets put it this way, anyone (Obama) that can be this reckless doesn't need a second chance.  That's like giving him another bullet for the gun because he missed the first time!
Rick Smith September 17, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What we are witnessing is nothing more than you Sara, being a billboard critic running amok.  Your intensional baiting is not unbiased reporting.  I liken it to undercover campaigning.
Jay K. September 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Everyone is biased. The question is whether or not you're aware of it. The more you disclose and acknowledge your bias, the better you can manage it. The fact that Ms. Jacobi is openly expressing a small aspect of her bias is healthy for the Patch. Now you can take it into consideration when you read other pieces by her, and hopefully it helps her maintains a professional eye on her work when she reports. There's nothing here to get pissed off about. Also Ajax, what are you talking about? No non-right-leaning people complain about Fox news being biased, because a) there is no debate that the organization is biased (it would be like complaining that the Republican Party caters to conservatives) and b) non-right-leaning people do not watch that channel.
Sara Jacobi September 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Rick, I don't see how asking people what they think about a local controversy is at all like "undercover campaigning." I thought the real issue here would be "freedom of speech/censorship" versus what is "factually accurate" since the billboard clearly implies false information, as I noted in my first comment. Does the advertiser have the right to say what she wants, or does she have a responsibility to present the truth? Additionally, I will add "billboard critic running amok" to my list of most interesting personal attacks I've received so far in my career. So thanks!
Steve September 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Hi Sara, I think your cool and beautiful. Lets walk the lake and have a few laughs about these jokers. We can have an ice cream at Cravings afterward.
Joseph September 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It's unfortunate you failed to understand my point you freaking moron troll. Please take a breath the next time you spew your senseless stupidity. AmeriKa - HA!! You still wearing a mask while protesting against hardworking individuals? Such a phony. Stop being a follower and go make a name for yourself, will ya? Hey Masked - Funny stuff right there, and so true. The sign changed and appears to be smaller. Didn't even consider it being a Local lot. Still hate seeing it when I enter Charlestown, but as this loser Fleecing of AmeriKa failed to realize, it has nothing to do with the sign or an actual permit.
BenLaGuer September 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The fact that this billboard made you question whether Romney has cheated on his taxes OR his marriage make me question your intelligence.
Jay K. September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Seriously. What a sleazy operation.
Sara Jacobi September 17, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Good one, Ben. But let's be nice here and refrain from personal insults. Thanks.
Ajax September 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Left-leaning people complain nonstop about how biased fox news is and at times seem to have an unhealthy preoccupation with this matter. All the while they give a free pass to MSNBC and other blatantly left-leaning sources. Its frustrating.
Timothy Crawford September 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Lying, Cheating that's all you...oh wait that is Led Zep! It is sad when one can not run on their own merit! Wouldn't it be great if Mass. got all the electoral votes instead of 12...Georgia will trump that!
Bob Samson September 18, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Will all MA politicians guilty of lying, cheating, adultery, or any inappropriate behavior report to the LINEUP ASAP.
Jay K. September 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I'll have to take your word for it that you hear a lot of left-leaning people complain about Fox News' bias, Ajax. But I know a lot of left leaning people, because I'm one of them. In my circles, Fox News is as irrelevant as Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. But so is MSNBC and CNN. I haven't seen a single thread of useful information come from any of these sources in years - complete waste of time.
Worcester September 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Why do teabaggers hate captialism? A capitalist company puts up a billboard to advertise its services, to generate some buzz, with the innuendo that Romney cheats on at least his taxes. A day later, it's mission accomplished - reporters and the public perked up. A capitalist news site does a piece on the billboard, noting the controversy and stating that there is no evidence of the truth of the innuendo. Result - teabaggers go nuts that anyone would imply that there is any criticism of a candidate they mostly just tolerate, and that the news site would even acknowledge the temporary existence of the billboard without frothing. In a better country, Romney and his cronies would be in prison for bankrupting companies, stealing their assets and their employees' pensions. That some other companies profit from his reputation for sleaziness is just business. The billboard <b>is/was</b> funny.
Joseph September 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Bankrupting companies? You obviously have no idea how private equity firms work. Here's a hint: Company is in financial trouble, they seek help from outside investors. Sometimes the inflow of capital helps, other times it doesn't. How is that illegal? You morons that think companies like Bain are bad are just too stupid to realize how they work. G'day
Worcester September 18, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Joseph, we know all too well how they work, which is why I implied it should be illegal. But my main point was that not all capitalists grovel to teabaggers, like you, and your ideas on proper subservience to the rich..
Joseph September 18, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Worcester, do you? Are you sure? If you believe they should be illegal, you have no idea how they work. If it weren't for PE and angel investors, a majority of high risk, high tech companies wouldn't be in existence today. Get back to the file room, your time here is done. G'day
jon September 18, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Side Note, Can we talk about how Cute Sara Jacobi is? Absolute Smoke Show. Sara, lets kick it.
Sara Jacobi September 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
*ahem* thanks, but let's keep it on topic! Romney, billboard, liberal media! We've got a new Romney discussion up about the latest controversy. Feel free to weigh in on that one, too! http://southend.patch.com/articles/your-turn-was-romney-right-about-the-47-percent-or-will-this-doom-his-campaign
Peter R September 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Capitalism always creates an impoverished category of citizens. It skews wealth from the majority towards a much smaller wealthier group that has control of the economic forces when a "hands off" government policy allows them to run amok with their greed. This is what happened from 2001-2008 and the wealth continued to transfer as the housing market collapsed and foreclosures proceeded. Obama has done very well compared with the history of the Great Depression. It took 12 years for employment to return to the 1930 level after 25 million lost their jobs under Herbert Hoover's Republican Administration. Obama stopped the economic free fall but it takes time to climb back up. An obstructionist Republican Party has put a stop to Obama's intervention and instead chooses to point its figure hoping that many Americans will forget that they are the ones that caused the recession in the first place with their policies. Now they've sold out to wealthy special interests and hope the American People will buy into their message of self-serving greed while our election system is unfairly skewed by money coming in from billionaires that stand to benefit at the expense of everyone else if the Republicans can successfully restart their actions to usurp the wealth of the middle class. This time they will destroy the "safety net" of government programs to accomplish the full circle of their agenda. Wake up America! You stand to lose big if you aren't rich.
jon September 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
ohhhhh, playing hard to get I see. Good thing im persistant.
Kate J September 18, 2012 at 08:10 PM
OBAMA 2012!!!
Worcester September 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Ah yes, the 1% utopia, where stealing pensions is just as valid as investing in new inventions, but safer. Angels are not the same as demons, not that either exist.
Just a person! September 19, 2012 at 01:39 AM
What's the difference! They are all the same.
Peter R September 19, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Yes, Obama 2012. At least he tries to represent ALL the people. The differences in the 2012 election are stark and the most dangerous I've seen in my lifetime. "We The People" stand to lose a great deal if we make the wrong choice. The Iraq War has already cost us a refreshed, repaired and renewed national infrastructure. There is a need for serious flood control projects for several rivers and a need to cache fresh water to prevent flooding and provide irrigation for the nation's agriculture when the weather does not provide it. We badly need regional and national level public transportation with locally expanded walking and bicycling in towns and cities to both exercise our population and reduce our dependency on petroleum. Mitt is not a bad guy but the man that is there now is capable of doing a better job. Besides, the conflict in Afghanistan is still going on and there are several international issues getting attention from the current administration. It would be unwise to change boats in mid-stream while so much work is in progress.
Peter R September 19, 2012 at 07:15 AM
The billboard, by the way, I thought was quite humorous as did several adults I know that also saw it. In no way did I think it was a slander against Mitt. There are those who take offense with bawdy humor but that is the way human beings are wired and I don't question the profound intellect that made us that way. Mitt probably laughed at it.
Joe Little September 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
This billboard ad is a blatant attempt to be inflammatory and solicit news stories (which you granted) ... and it honestly makes you question whether Romney has cheated on his marriage? No logic involved in that comment whatsoever. I'm not a Romney fan, but please try to think through things a little before you post given people associate your comments with The Patch and reporters in general.
Chris Caesar September 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I automatically don't trust anyone that uses the term "lamestream".

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