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Fred Malek
When Mitt Romney strapped his dog to the roof of his family's car to go on vacation, he clearly wasn't thinking. And that decision has come to a haunt this election year as many Americans see this action as animal cruelty. It has been less than a boon to the Romney campaign. So it begs the question: How dimwitted does Mitt Romney have to be to associate with a guy who is guilty of extreme animal cruelty? Because that's exactly what Mitt Romney did on Monday by throwing a birthday fundraising party for his wife Ann at the home of Fred Malek, a Romney supporter who once took part in skinning and barbecuing a poor dog on a rotating spit in a city park in Illinois in 1959. To make matters worse, Malek was also the advisor hired by former Republican President Nixon to purge the Jews from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to Dogs Against Romney:
"When asked about the incident in 2006, Malek offered this explanation: He said he went to Peoria in the summer of '59 to visit friends at Bradley University. They got "drunk out of their minds" and he "didn't know why" one of the other men had killed the dog, that he was "not a participant" and that he was in "no position to stop it."
Of course Malek would tell the story this way. It doesn't matter that Malek was arrested with his friends for the incident, it just matters what he can make everybody believe now. But this is a visual Romney should have avoided at all costs. But he didn't. This incident is just throwing more fire on an issue that already makes Romney look like a dog hater. Romney is not only cruel to dogs now, he is also friends with people who are cruel to dogs as well. It shows a complete lack of compassion and character. It is also stupidity. These things disqualify Romney from political office. You cannot trust a man with the lives of millions of human beings if that man is cruel to his dog and is friends with a guy who was even crueler to another dog. It's just not a good idea.