That’s the American-Statesman’s humor columnist (Still a thing? Really?) John Kelso. According to Romenesko:
I didn’t pull this stunt because I’m a big fan of Big Bird. Nope, this one is Mitt Romney’s fault. If the Mittster hadn’t said during one of the presidential debates that he loves Big Bird, not likes but loves, I might have rented a Daffy Duck or a Tweety Bird suit instead. I prefer those two birds to Big Bird.
But when Romney said he would cut off funding to PBS, Big Bird’s boss, I decided to go to bat for the yellow guy.
Mark this under “Things I’m glad I didn’t do, but am happy someone else did.”