Mitt Romney’s Secret Service detail wasted no time fleeing his side after the former GOP Presidential hopeful lost to President Obama. While many Presidential candidates in the past have enjoyed protection for a short period of time after the election ended, Romney lost his 15-car motorcade in less than 12 hours.
According to GQ:
“At some point, early Wednesday morning, when Gov. Mitt Romney and family were tucked into bed, a quiet call went out on the radio channel used by his Secret Service agents: “Javelin, Jockey details, all posts, discontinue.””
On Wednesday Romney was driven to the airport not by a motorcade of highly trained protectors but instead by son Tagg Romney.
The Secret Service does not have any type of guideline in place for how long it must protect a defeated Presidential candidates. In deed it is up to the detail leader to determine how much protection is needed after an election.
John McCain suffered a similar fate in 2008, however there was one difference, McCain insisted on saying goodbye to the men who protected him. In Romney’s case the detail simply packed up in the middle of the night and left.
Before anyone goes and points fingers at an agency that hated Romney, the truth is the Secret Service is made up of a small group of individuals who are overly busy throughout the year. The agency became even more busy in April 2012 when a prostitution scandal led to some demoralization within the agency’s ranks.
Had Mitt Romney won the Presidential election in 2012 he would now be swarmed by agents 24/7, as would members of his immediate family. Instead the Secret Service have disappeared and Mitt Romney is now driving himself to the grocery store.
For the secret service there was some good news when Mitt Romney lost, it meant they wouldn’t have to work 12 hour shifts for eight weeks straight as agents transitioned from the Obama camp to the Romney team.
Mitt Romney didn’t only lose his secret service detail, he has reportedly been losing 847 Facebook friends per hour.