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.