ST. PAUL —
In Prouty's native Massachusetts, where he grew up in the working-class community of Braintree and attended Northeastern University, his father, Kenneth Prouty, declared he was "very proud of my son.''
"Everything he said pretty much rings true,'' the senior Prouty said in a brief telephone interview. "Mitt Romney made his bed. It wasn't really Scott doing it; it was Mitt Romney doing it. It kind of showed his true colors.''
He said his son "was kind of sticking up for the American public as far as I'm concerned. The average person who couldn't be there to hear what was going on.''
At the time, Romney's remarks — made at a May 17 fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., at the home of private-equity manager Marc Leder — riveted the political world. Obama backers will vote for the president "no matter what,'' the Republican candidate said in a video that Prouty leaked to Mother Jones magazine's Washington bureau chief David Corn, adding that he does not "worry about those people."
In a recent interview with "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace, the former Massachusetts governor admitted that the comments' damage was severe. "That hurt. There's no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign," Romney said.
But on Thursday, Prouty's unveiling landed with a collective thud for a Republican Party and conservative movement that seems to want to move beyond the man who lost what many considered a winnable election. Former Romney campaign staffers declined to comment, as did others in the Republican Party.
Ironically, it was Romney's recent emergence from his self-seclusion after the election — he is also scheduled to speak Friday at the CPAC convention of conservative activists — that Prouty indicated was what motivated him to finally come forward.