Mike Rowe in the onion farmer episode of “Dirty Jobs,” which airs on Discovery.
People say politics is a dirty job, but lucky for Mitt Romney, he’s bringing in an expert who is used to rolling up his sleeves.
Mike Rowe, the host of The Discovery Channel TV show “Dirty Jobs,” is joining Romney in Ohio Tuesday after offering Romney his vote in return for reading a letter about skilled labor jobs in the United States.
At the beginning of September, Rowe penned an open letter to the Republican presidential candidate, sharing his experiences as the host of “Dirty Jobs” and his concerns about jobs in the United States.
When the economy crumbled in 2008, Rowe wrote that CNBC, Fox News and CNN invited him to weigh in on topics such as outsourcing, manufacturing, infrastructure, currency valuations and free trade. In each case, he said, he shared his theory that the “problems” were really symptoms of a fundamental change in the way Americans view hard work and skilled labor.
“Pig farmers, electricians, plumbers, bridge painters, jam makers, blacksmiths, brewers, coal miners, carpenters, crab fisherman, oil drillers . . . they all tell me the same thing over and over, again and again — our country has become emotionally disconnected from an essential part of our workforce,” Rowe wrote. “We are no longer impressed with cheap electricity, paved roads and indoor plumbing. We take our infrastructure for granted, and the people who build it.”