By Jonathan Easley - 05/09/12 12:22 PM EDT
The controversy over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s remark that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life” has largely subsided, but a new ad from a super-PAC backing Mitt Romney hopes to revive the issue in time for Mother’s Day.
Restore Our Future released a video on Wednesday titled “Happy Mother’s Day from Barack Obama’s Team.”
The ad then plays a clip of Rosen’s infamous remark, as well as a sound bite from comedian Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to an Obama-backing super-PAC, saying “Ann Romney has never gotten her a-- out of the house.”
At the time, the remarks caused a firestorm, and Republicans believed they had found an opening to make inroads with female voters, who support Obama by a wide margin over Romney.
The storyline has since dissipated, following Rosen’s apology, yet the gender gap for Romney remains.
A USA Today-Gallup poll of likely voters in 12 key battleground states released Monday found Obama leading Romney 52 percent to 40 among female voters, with Romney ahead among men, 50 to 42 percent.