Romney Garbageman Stars in New Pro-Obama Commercial

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Richard Hayes, a City of San Diego sanitation worker, is the unlikely star of new campaign commercial paid for by a labor group supporting President Obama.

The reason? His route includes Mitt Romney's $12 million La Jolla mansion.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the ad is a response to the Republican presidential nominee's controversial 47 percent comments.

"My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney's trash," he says in the 60-second spot. "We're kind of like the invisible people, you know."

"He doesn't realize, you know, that the service we provide, you know, if it wasn't for us, you know, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash."

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

AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote in a blog post that Mitt Romney's "47 percent" video revealed his contempt for tens of millions of Americans.

"Romney seems only to be relaxed and at ease when he is surrounded by other millionaires and people willing to pay $50,000 to share a meal with him."

"It is only those wealthy donors who get to know what is really on his mind."

"They spend more money than most Americans make in a year to ask Mitt Romney questions and listen to his reckless banter about Americans like Richard Hayes."

"No one forced Romney to trash these Americans. He was simply stating, to a privileged audience behind closed doors, what he really believes."

"He never expected that his remarks would be heard by the wider public."

The Romney camp said it was unimpressed with the ad.

"It's not surprising that a liberal special interest group is trying to distract from President Obama's failed agenda with dishonest political attacks," spokesman Ryan Williams said.

"President Obama has consistently sided with union bosses over middle class workers by supporting big government policies that have killed jobs."

"As president, Mitt Romney will promote pro-growth policies that will get our country back on track and create economic opportunity for every American."

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