Scott Prouty has stepped forward as the man who recorded 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 47 percent speech at a private fundraiser that may have cost him the election. Ed Schultz welcomed Prouty to The Ed Show on Wednesday night and interviewed the man who remained anonymous until now. Here's what you need to know about Scott Prouty.
1. Scott Prouty Recorded Mitt Romney's 47% Comments with His Canon Camera
Scott Prouty is the man that recorded the speech given by Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser that ultimately hurt his chances in the presidential race for saying that 47 percent of American's are dependent on the government, believe they are victims and that they feel they are entitled. Here's an excerpt of the speech:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said. "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."
2. He is a 38-Year-Old Bartender in Florida
Prouty is a 38-year-old bartender that works for the catering company that served Romney's fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. He felt that the people that couldn't afford to attend the pricey fundraiser deserved “to find out what the candidate actually thinks.”
3. The Videographer Was Leaning Towards Not Releasing the Video
Prouty told Ed Schultz that he was initially leaning towards not releasing the video that would doom Romney's campaign. Finally, after not being able to sleep one night, the videographer looked at himself in the mirror and called himself a "coward."
"I said, I'm going to do it," Prouty said. "I don't think he has any clue what a regular American goes through on a daily basis. That guy has no idea. I couldn't sleep after I watched it. I felt like I had a duty to expose it."
4. He Didn't Want Publicity for the Recording
The bartender released the video anonymously to avoid his own publicity. He wanted the focus to be on Romney only. Prouty also worried about what releasing the video would mean for his employment at the catering company. On some nights, he would bring in over $1,000 and didn't want to risk the gig.
5. Prouty Pushed for the Video to Go Viral
After releasing the video, Prouty made it his mission for the video to go viral so that America could hear Romney's speech for themselves.
"I decided I was going to make a 24-hour a day push to make sure it went as far and wide as it possibly, possibly could go," Prouty said. "It's been a long journey for sure. A lot of people think I just sent it to the news media on a disc or something and then forgot about it. I had been pounding it."