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Mystery man behind ’47 percent’ video revealed

By Jeff Winkler
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 21:42 EDT
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The curtain has been lifted.

The man who secretly filmed then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney telling a private audience that “47 percent” of voters would vote for President Obama “no matter what,” outed himself Wednesday night during an hour-long segment on “The Ed Show.”

Scott Prouty, a bartender who was working Romney’s private meeting with major contributors at a Boca Raton, Fla. fundraiser, told Ed Schultz, “I was behind this whole thing.”

”I didn’t go there with a grudge against Romney,” said Prouty. “… I really had no idea he would say what he said.”

The “47 percent” remark is considered — even by Romney himself — to have been a major blow to the campaign. Prouty said he remained anonymous in the aftermath of the comment  because he didn’t want to distract from the video itself.

“I wanted Mitt Romney’s words, and Mitt Romney’s words only” to be the news story, said Prouty.

According to the Washington Post, Prouty said he expects “to be torn apart by the right-wing media,” now that he’s come forward.

Watch a segment of the interview below:

 
 
 
 
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