Democrats test negative portrayal of Romney as hostage to GOP’s far right wing

Some of President Barack Obama’s supporters are testing a new campaign-trail portrayal of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a weak-willed politician held hostage by extremists.

The “hostage Mitt” portrayal was pitched May 23 by Joe Solmonese, the outgoing president of the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for increased legal rights for gays.

“I’m never really completely clear about his convictions, but I know he is very much open to the people around him, and would be obligated, I think, to the people he felt put him there,” Solmonese said in press conference arranged by the Obama campaign.

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