Remember Chuck Painter -- the former plastics salesman who was in the spotlight a year ago when he asked President Obama a question through a LinkedIn town hall meeting? Now Painter is working to get Obama out of the White House. It's fitting that over the weekend -- in the "lull" between the major political conventions -- that Painter would be back in the news headlines. He was featured prominently in a CBS Evening News report yesterday, "Campaigns rely heavily on volunteer ground game." Here are some of the highlights related to Painter:
Chuck Painter, 46, is a registered independent serving as a Romney volunteer in Cornelius, North Carolina. In 2009, Painter lost his job as a salesman for a plastics company -- a job he had for 20 years. "I had my house repossessed through foreclosure. I couldn't afford to make the payments. I was homeless during my birthday in May because I was in between, did not have a place to stay, could not afford anything," Painter said. Four years ago, candidate Obama won 54 percent of North Carolina voters who said they were concerned about the economy. On Election Day, unemployment was inching toward 8 percent. Now, in the state of North Carolina, it's 9.6 percent. "It is very hard to talk about because I really haven't shared it with a lot of people because it's embarrassing. I never thought that I would be in this situation," Painter said. A key part of the Romney campaign strategy in North Carolina is tapping into voter dissatisfaction with the economic recovery, re-energizing the conservative base and winning a majority of independents like Painter.? "I do hold (President Obama) responsible. I don't think I would have lost my career and so many others would be struggling if they would had made different decisions and if our country was a better state," Painter said.It surprised me a little that there was no mention of Painter's connection to Obama, which I wrote about last year, "LinkedIn user shares spotlight with Obama." I also featured Painter's exchange with Obama in the Plastics Blog a year ago, "Obama's chat with a plastics salesman." I guess this means we won't be seeing Painter at the Democratic National Convention this week!