Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that “extremely credible source” has revealed to him that Mitt Romney has a pet elephant.
“I cannot disclose the source, but he – or she – is extremely credible,” Reid said.
The elephant, according to Reid, was shipped in to Boston from the planet Neptune last March and his been living with Romney at an undisclosed location ever since.
Reid, who earlier this week charged that a separate “extremely credible source” had alleged Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years, said the tax and the elephant allegations were completely separate matters.
“The is an outrage!” sputtered Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in an outburst during Morning Hour on the House floor. “I mean, a pet gazelle, maybe. But an elephant? It’s just too much.”
Reid denied he was making up outrageous, unsubstantiated charges just to get the Romneys to disclose their veterinarian records. Some Democrats believe the records will show that the Romneys, in addition to putting their dog on the roof of their car, also put their cats up there and drove them from one end of Utah to the other.
Reid said he has it on good word from a second source, whom he describes as “credible, but not extremely credible,” that large crates of peanuts were seen being transported into the Romney home in the Boston suburbs.
“I’m not saying the elephant is there,” Reid commented while doing a handstand for reporters during a briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday. “They could be making peanut butter. But it’s very suspicious.”
The allegation has already created an uproar among animal rights groups, who are charging Romney with animal cruelty.
“You don’t give an elephant peanuts,” exclaimed a furious Megan McClagen of Save the Animals. “Doesn’t he know that? There are no peanuts in Africa. Elephants should be fed . . . well . . . whatever elephants eat, that’s what they should be fed.”
Reid said he first heard about the elephant “a couple of weeks ago” and then “spent hours” confirming the news by repeatedly getting back to his source and saying “Are you sure? Are you sure?”
Despite the delay in releasing the information, Reid says he is confident Romney still owns the elephant.
“These allegations are still fresh,” Reid said. “I put them in the refrigerator right after I brought them home.”
Asked by one skeptical reporter if the charges weren’t a little ridiculous, Reid, who keeps a tomato in his pocket for good luck, said he would never do anything ridiculous.
“I’m the Senate Majority Leader,” Reid declared. “If I say something, it’s a very serious matter. Not a ridiculous matter”
Asked if it wouldn’t be difficult to hide a pet elephant, Reid asserted, “Not these days, what with technology what it is.”
The Romney campaign was battened down in Boston trying to figure out how to deal with the latest charges being made by Democrats.
Campaign officials declined to speak on the record, but one Romney adviser who asked not to be named expressed frustration that the charge may stick.
“I mean, how do you prove that you don’t have an elephant?” he grumbled. “Do you like, take someone around Boston and say, ‘Look, he’s not over here,’ and then, “Look, he’s not over there’ . . . I mean, what the Hell do we do?”
“This is another example of Romney’s elitist mentality,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “He thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. Well, President Obama wants to cut taxes for the middle class to ensure that everyone can import an elephant from Neptune if they so choose.”
Reid says he himself was on Neptune as recently as May and noticed an elephant was missing from the planet.
“I’m not saying Romney took the elephant,” Reid said. “It could have been the Venusians. But like I said, I have an extremely credible source.”