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How Romney Got Short-Sheeted, Pranked Back by Pretending Maid Was Fired

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, former Governor Mitt Romney reportedly had a reputation as a prankster among his staff.

At a Washington Post Live event on Saturday, Romney adviser Peter Flaherty told the Post’s Dan Balz that the biggest misperception about Mitt Romney “is that he’s stiff,” prompting Balz to ask, “What’s the most fun you’ve ever had with the governor? What’s the most fun moment?”

Fehrnstrom recounted the time a Massachusetts state trooper short-sheeted Romney’s hotel bed, and the governor responded by convincing the trooper a maid had been fired as a result.

“I remember one trip he took as governor, one of the troopers who was assigned to his protective detail short-sheeted his bed. Now that in itself should tell you something about governor Romney, that a state trooper who’s assigned to protect him would be emboldened enough to short-sheet his bed, but he did,” Fehrnstrom said.

“The governor, in order to turn the tables on the trooper, sat down and composed a letter as if it had been written by the hotel manager, addressed to himself as the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, apologized for the bad housekeeping and the shortsheeting of his bed and informed him that we have taken action to fire the chambermaid responsible.

“The governor showed that to the trooper that had short-sheeted the bed, and of course his face went white, he was aghast, that something like that had happened. So I think that gives you an example” of the governor’s lighter side, Fehrnstrom said.

Why don’t we see more of Romney the prankster? Balz asked.

“Well, we’ll send him over to your house — he’ll short-sheet your bed if that makes you feel better,” Fehrnstrom replied.

Later at the event, an audience member suggested to Fehrnstrom that the story wouldn’t have been so funny to the maid.

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Mitt Romney Responds to Etch-A-Sketch Gaffe

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(ARTUBUS, Md.) -- Mitt Romney responded for the first time to comments made by his senior adviser that compared his campaign to an Etch-A-Sketch, defending his strength as a candidate and saying that the issues he’ll be running on in the general election will be “exactly the same” as those he’s discussed during the primary.

“I can tell you this, when the campaign moves to becoming a general election campaign, the nature of the campaign itself in terms of staff, funding, the states we’d go to will be different than today, obviously,” said Romney. “It’s a much larger campaign, fundraising numbers are very different, we now work with the Republican National Committee instead of apart from any committee of that nature. So organizationally a general election campaign takes on a different profile.”

“The issues I’m running on will be exactly the same,” said Romney. “I’m running as a conservative Republican, I was a conservative Republican governor, I’ll be running as a conservative republican nominee, excuse me, at that point hopefully, nominee for president. The policies and positions are the same.”

Romney was responding to a question about remarks made by one of his senior advisers, Eric Fehrnstrom, Wednesday morning during an appearance on CNN. Fehrnstrom had told CNN’s John Fugelsang, “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.”

“You can kind of shake it up and restart all of it over again. But I will say, if you look at the exit polling data in Illinois, you’ll see that Mitt Romney is broadly acceptable to most of the factions in the party. You have to do that in order to become the nominee,” he said.

Ferhnstrom’s remarks have been seized on by both the Democrats and Romney’s GOP rivals, Sen. Rick Santorum’s spokeswoman Alice Stewart even appearing outside of Romney’s town hall event with the Etch-A-Sketch toy in hand.

Romney initially appeared to be unwilling to discuss the controversy when asked about it by reporters after his town hall, growing irritated when the question was shouted over voters waiting in line to shake his hand.

“I’m not doing a press conference right now OK?” Romney said, turning to address the reporters.

Then, shortly after Romney had finished greeting supporters, a Romney aide announced that he would be holding a quick “Q & A” session with reporters.

After answering the question about the Etch-A-Sketch, Romney walked away from the microphone, despite reporters who continued to ask questions.

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