Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can be dismissive of federal workers. But some comments he made at a campaign stop Monday in San Diego—in which he disparaged the “thousands upon thousands of bureaucrats that work in Washington” for looking for “places they can interfere”— hit a nerve with at least one public employee union.
“Not only do we have to pay for them,but they have to do something every day, so they look at things they can do, places they can interfere,” the former Massachusetts governor said. Then he took on the Food and Drug Administration for stalling approvals of drugs and medical devices compared with the pace of approvals in Europe.
The head of the National Federation of Federal Employees blasted Romney’s comments as “deeply offensive and completely out of touch with reality.”
“The next time Governor Romney flies into a city, drives to his campaign stop, and leaves safely,” President William R. Dougan said in a statement, “he should thank the air traffic controllers who made his flight smooth, the grant processors who directed the funds to pave that highway, and the 24-hour secret service detail that protected his right to speak his mind.”
NFFE represents about 110,000 federal workers.