Hilary Rosen, who regularly appears on various CNN programs giving a Democratic perspective, is under fire for saying this week that the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had 'never worked a day in her life.'
She said Wednesday (11 April) that Romney was unqualified to speak about the kinds of economic issues facing women in America because his knowledge of women's issues comes from his wife, Ann Romney, the mother of their five sons, who had never had to struggle financially.
Her comments not only angered Republicans but also a rebuke from President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.
Some of the critics attacked Rosen personally with The Catholic League tweeting: 'Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.'
Early Thursday, Rosen was not backing down. She tweeted that she admired Ann Romney but added that her 'husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy.'
But as the backlash continued to mount, she finally said she was sorry: 'I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.'
But that apology didn't satisfy some. Blogger GayPatriot tweeted: 'Hilary Rosen will never sincerely apologize. Radical left-wing lesbians are just too stubborn to admit when they are wrong.'
Ann Romney addressed Rosen's remarks in an interview with Fox News: 'Look, I know what it’s like to struggle,' she said. 'Maybe I haven’t struggled as much financially as some people have. I can tell you and promise you that I have struggled in my life. Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling, and that’s why we’re running.'
Rosen is an LGBT activist and political strategist who was once head of the Recording Industry Association of America during the period of the music industry that coincided with the rise of internet technology.