Mitt Romney's Garbage Man Featured in Latest Political Ad

Richard Hayes' sanitation route includes the candidate's $12 million California home.

Posted: 10/02/2012 02:36 PM EDT
Richard Hayes

Mitt Romney's campaign run hit a major road bump last month when a videotape of the GOP presidential candidate talking about his feelings about President Barack Obama's supporters was released. The "47 percent," he says, "will vote for the president no matter what" and are depending on the government to take care of them through health care, food and housing. 

Now, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has created a series of videos featuring the workers who provide public services to the Republican presidential candidate. Richard Hayes, a City of San Diego sanitation worker who picks up the trash at Romney's oceanfront villa in La Jolla, Calif., is one of the three interviewees

"My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney's trash. We're kind of like the invisible people. He doesn't realize that the service we provide — if it wasn't for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash," Hayes says in the video.

"Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, that takes a toll on your body. When I'm 55, 60 years old I know my body's gonna be breaking down. Mitt Romney doesn't care about that," Hayes continues.

Other spots in the video series include interviews with San Diego city employees Temo Fuentes, who fixes fire trucks that service Romney's neighborhood, and Joan Raymond, another sanitation worker.

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