Thursday, August 07, 2003
Romney Lied About Eliminating UMass Prez Office

Months after claiming he was targeting the UMass president's office for policy, and not political reasons, Willard Mitt Romney yesterday admitted acting on pure politics. Now that Bulger has tendered his resignation, Romney said he would no longer attempt to eliminate the UMass president’s office. (source: Boston Globe, 8/7/2003)

The Fraud Governor's statements fly in the face of statements that he and other members of Team Reform have made for months.

"This was not a political calculation or a personal one," (fraud) Gov. (Willard) Mitt Romney said. "The same decision would have been made regardless of the occupant." (source: Boston Herald, 2/27/2003)

The governor denied that his proposal was personal, saying the money-saving logic of his plan is so compelling that he would have pursued it regardless of who held the president's post. (source: Boston Globe, 2/28/2003)

"We'll do everything out in the open. We don't make decisions based on people or personalities," (Romney's loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman) said. (source: Boston Herald, 2/24/2003)

Romney pointedly said the move against the president's office was not personal. Nessen said Bulger's future with the new UMass rested with the new local boards of trustees. "I'm not looking to get rid of him. I'm suggesting that the office, no matter who sat there, becomes redundant," Nessen said. (source: Boston Herald, 2/27/2003)

"It's not a political calculation nor a personal one," (Willard Mitt) Romney said. "The same decision would have been reached regardless of the occupant." (source: Boston Herald, 2/27/2003)

"The key issue . . . is getting assets to campuses instead of a centralized office," said Peter Nessen, Romney's education adviser. (source: Boston Globe, 3/16/2003)

"President Bulger has been a great leader for UMass," Tocco said. "In my personal view, there could be a very important role that president Bulger could play in a new system." Two Romney administration officials said later that Tocco was speaking for himself and that Nessen and Romney still envision a new education system that does not have a UMass president's office. (source: Boston Globe, 3/21/2003)

"I believe the elimination of a central president's office, particularly one that's on Beacon Hill, represents a substantial cost savings, millions of dollars in cost savings," Romney said. "It also gives the institutions themselves a new breath of life in a sense of being able to move forward with greater energy and mission." (source: Boston Herald, 4/8/2003)

"We think we can create a better university system for the students of Massachusetts by eliminating the $14 million UMass president's office," (an aide to Romney's loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman) said. (source: Boston Herald, 4/23/2003)

Romney took pains yesterday to point out that he doesn't consider the confrontation with Bulger to be personal, saying his proposal has the best long-term interests of the UMass system in mind. "If it were a matter of him personally, I'd be dealing with the board" to remove him, the (fraud) governor said. "It's a matter of the office of the president of UMass, which I believe is an unnecessary and wasteful organization structure." (source: Boston Globe, 5/2/203)

"This (separate vote) is the most clear and stark way to have this issue considered," Romney said. "Legislators have the choice of continuing the office of the UMass president. And whether (it costs) $6 million as President Bulger suggests, or $14 million as our Office of Administration and Finance calculates, in either case it's millions of dollars for an office at 1 Beacon St., money that could go for student aid." (source: Boston Herald, 5/8/2003)

But after Bulger resigned, Romney said "I'm not looking for an elimination of the UMass president's office, as I was in the past." (source: Boston Globe, 8/7/2003)


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