Friday, May 16, 2003
Romney Breaks Promise To Seniors

"Republican gubernatorial (fraud) candidate Mitt Romney yesterday retracted his proposal to eliminate the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, drawing criticism from Democratic rival Shannon P. O'Brien. Romney earlier had proposed a health care reform plan that included consolidating the elder care office with a "hodge-podge" of other state agencies in order to cut costs. Under the new plan, the elder care office would be renamed and have some of its functions changed, but it would retain its Cabinet-level status, Romney said. The candidate changed his mind after criticism from elder advocates." (source: Boston Globe, 8/25/2002)

"Working closely with my Cabinet-level Secretary of Elder Affairs, we will safeguard, improve, and fight for better across the
board services for seniors…" (source: AARP Voters Guide, October 2002)

"I'd like to see a supercharged Office of Elder Affairs, one which goes to work to help the elderly not just deal with a few elderly programs, but with all the programs of state government. This is my view. It's time to bring respect to our senior community." (source: AARP Candidate Forum, Faneuil Hall, 10/23/2002)

The Fraud Governor's reorganization of state government creates a Department of Elder Affairs under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. (source: Governor's office Executive Summary of the plan to reform, restructure and revitalize government, 5/14/2003)


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