AFRICANGLOBE – Wealthy GOP donor Foster Friess, fresh off announcing a conversion from Rick Santorum’s corner to Mitt Romney’s, drew a little unwanted attentionWednesday when he used gun imagery to weigh in on the shifting state of the 2012 race.
“There are a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said during an interview on Fox. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bulletproof.”
He quickly went on to admit that he “probably shouldn’t have said that.”
It’s not the first time Friess has created controversy during a media appearance.
In February, then a top surrogate for Santorum, Friess spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about what he described as the triviality of the contraception debate.
“This contraceptive thing, my gosh it’s such [sic] inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly,” he said.
He later apologized for the failed “joke.”
As a Santorum supporter, Friess donated around $1.6 million to the pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund, a super PAC that spent about $7.5 million in support of the candidate.
But in the wake of Santorum’sdeparture from the race, Friessannounced that he’d be turning his efforts toward presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“I’m obviously going to be of help in whatever way I can,” Friess told reporters earlier this week.
According to reports Romney’s campaign had reached out to him for support, but it’s unclear whether he’s been any help so far.
Earlier on Wednesday, he spoke on Fox and made a questionable statement about Romney.
“I think he’s had reversals in his positions,” Friess said, after calling the former Massachusetts governor “decent.” “Now, it’s going to be very hard for him not to sick with those positions.”