Ann Romney's $990 T-shirt is indicative of a tone-deaf campaign
Does Ann Romney wear her $990 designer shirt while driving one of her two Cadillacs?
The very wealthy Mitt and Ann Romney have often been painted as out of touch with average Americans. Ann’s pricey shirt will not help her husband change those perceptions, no matter how many Laundromat photo ops are on the campaign’s daily itinerary.
On Tuesday Ann wore a colorful silk T-shirt with a large bird print by Reed Krakoff during an interview with her and her husband on CBS’s “This Morning.” Fashion blogs quickly tracked down the “The Reed Audubon Silk Shirt” and noted the whopping price tag.
A representative of the fashion house told ABC News that the shirt is off-the-rack and it had not been a gift to Ann Romney from Krakoff.
“We had nothing to do with it,” the Krakoff rep said. “She must have bought it from Saks or Bergdorf’s. We definitely didn’t send it to her.”
The rep added: “It's 100 percent a Reed Krakoff shirt, but we 100 percent didn't send it to her. We don't get involved politically.”
Ann Romney’s wardrobe choice could haunt the campaign indefinitely. If it were a solid color, the designer tee might have been forgotten after awhile. But the yellow bird print is unique enough to become emblematic of wealth that most Americans could only wish to have.
President Obama’s allies have downplayed Ann Romney’s wardrobe choice. Bill Burton, former deputy press secretary under Obama, said, “I’m of the view that Ann Romney should be off-limits,” Burton said. “…I remember in 2007 and 2008 when people would go after Mrs. Obama. I was enraged about it. Because you never know if they even signed up for this willingly. They may just be supportive and along for the ride.”
The Obama campaign may be playing nice, but that doesn’t mean the American people will. Will the $990 T-shirt remind people of past presidential faux pas, such as John McCain’s confusion in 2008 about how many houses he owned?