'Mad Men' mentions a Romney, family reacts

April 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM ET

Henry Francis (Christopher Stanley) and Betty Draper (January Jones) on AMC's "Mad Men."

Updated April 3: Mitt Romney's son Tagg continued his rail against AMC's "Mad Men" on Twitter Monday after a character in the period drama slammed Tagg's grandfather as a "clown," tweeting "dad is fair game. grandpa isn't." 

Conservative commentators also rushed to the defense of late Michigan governor George Romney Monday. 

Freddy Gray of the U.K. Spectator called the line a "dig at Mitt" and suggested the show runners are likely Democratic supporters. John Nolte from called the moment "jarring": "Seems odd that such an outstanding show would throw a spell-breaking sucker punch at George Romney (and by extension our probable nominee) into the mix," he wrote.

AMC spokeswoman Marnie Black defended the throwback remark in the Los Angeles Times. The character who called Romney a "clown" works for New York City's mayor John Lindsay, and “Lindsay and Romney were known political rivals,” she said.

Original post from April 2: Careful "Mad Men" watchers noted a Romney shout-out on the show Sunday night.

But as the scene was set in 1966, the reference was not to Mitt, but to George Romney, the GOP candidate's late dad.

"Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan. Because Romney's a clown and I don't want him standing next to him," Betty's husband, politician Henry Francis, said on the phone. On the show, Francis works for New York City mayor John Lindsay, and was referring to George Romney, the then-governor of Michigan. 

Monday morning Mitt's son Tagg shot back. "Seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa?" he tweeted, in response to Politico's Alex Burns, who re-tweeted the site's story:  

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