A blog I follow over on blogger posted an interesting article today about Romney and his debate coach and what it might indicate about Romney as a leader. As some of you may have noticed, he recently fired Brett O’Donnell after having hired him before the Florida debates. Mr. O’Donnell was given a lot of credit for helping Romney turn around his debate style and have his best performances to date, and his campaign lashed out calling his role in the performances “vastly overblown” as he was fired. This, coupled with recent articles pointing out that Romney is taking credit for all jobs created at Staples despite Bain only being 10% of the initial seed money and most of the growth having occurred long after Romney left Bain, and the recent CNN article where former aides described how he turned one elevator in the capitol into his private elevator he refused to share with his staff and had a habit of taking credit for all the committees’ work raises the valid question of “Is Romney a Credit Hog?”.
I realize that most politicians overstate their own importance and ego is no small role in campaigning, but it does concern me that one of the front runner candidates for the Republican nomination appears to not be able to share any spotlight or credit with the staff that helps drive his campaign. I’m sure Mr. Romney is not alone in these characteristics, but it isn’t going to help him overcome his “likability deficit” or increasing negative perception numbers in the weeks and months to come if more issues like this keep coming up.