Confident enough, in fact, to have the red-and-blue Romney-Ryan logo tattooed on a sizable portion of his face.
And while Romney supporters across the country were feeling the sting of defeat by midnight on election day, Hartsburg, 30, is telling the world he doesn’t regret his vote or his new tattoo.
“I am college educated, and I am not an idiot,” Hartsburg told ABC News. “Getting the tattoo was a decision that I made, and I am cool with.”
Hartsburg, a professional wrestler and ardent Republican, got the election season ink after auctioning off some of his precious facial real estate on eBay. In a flurry of offers that quickly out-bid his $5,000 minimum, Hartsburg ended up agreeing to a Romney-Ryan “R” for $15,000.
He reportedly turned down one offer for a higher sum because it was too lewd, and said he “definitely” wouldn’t have agreed to having an Obama logo stamped on his face.
Since Romney’s defeat at the polls, Hartsburg says some people have given him a hard time. Still, he isn’t backing off the decision, and defended his tattoo in a Nov. 13 interview with Jimmy Kimmel:
While he joked that he’s keeping the tattoo because laser removal isn’t covered under Obamacare, he’s made it clear that he doesn’t have sour feelings about the Romney logo.
“It’s a decision that I made,” he told ABC. “I can deal with the criticism. I have thick skin. I don’t regret the tattoo at all. I would do it all over again if I had to.”
He’s auctioning off a section of his forehead…and hoping for a Ryan-Rubio ticket in 2016.