Jason Alexander, who popularized the character “George Costanza,” from Seinfeld is responding to Mitt Romney’s reference to the character during a GOP debate in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday.
As Romney began talking, audience members started to clap. Romney said, “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.”
Alexander tweeted about the situation: “Thrilled Gov, Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”
The actor has in the past donated money to democratic causes, like the senator campaign for “Saturday Night Live,” alum Al Franken. However, there is no suggestion that Alexander is upset by Romney’s comment.
Romney referred to Alexander’s character previously at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Dec. of 2011 saying, “Remember the George Costanza line? When they’re laughing and applauding, you sit down.”
The irony of the comments is that the Republican presidential contender has mistakenly attributed the quote to Costanza, when it was actually said by Jerry Seinfeld.
In the episode, Romney is referring to: Constanza tells Seinfeld, “I lost them. I can usually come up with one good comment during the meeting but by the end it’s buried under a pile of gaffs and bad puns.”
Seinfeld replies with “Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”
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