Thursday, September 04, 2003
Black, White and Déjà Vu

Fighting back against critics who claimed he had accomplished nothing since taking office, Willard Mitt recently eliminated the state Office of Affirmative Action. (source: Boston Globe, 8/28/2003)

Then, fighting back against critics who claimed Willard had accomplished nothing positive since taking office, an aide to Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman said the elimination of the Office of Affirmative Action would be a plus for minorities across the Commonwealth. “We think we have a better system that will encourage more minorities to apply for jobs in state government, and make state government an entity that will be more diverse and will better reflect the Commonwealth." (source: Boston Globe, 8/28/2003)

We think we’ve heard this one before.

Back when Willard was the Winter Games chef, SLOC – the Salt Lake Organizing Committee – claimed it would be a model hirer (hirer?) of minority employees. Romney was named SLOC’s chef in 1999. SLOC’s stated employment goal was to make its workforce as diverse as the workforce of the state of Utah. (source: Associated Press, 7/6/2001)

So it was with some degree of pride that Chef Romney took to the podium to announce that, as of July 2001, SLOC had hired 1,040 persons, of which 93 were either Hispanic, Asian-American, black or native American. This meant that 8.9 percent of SLOC’s workforce was composed of minority employees! (source: Associated Press, 7/6/2001)

Unfortunately, 14 percent of the Utah workforce was composed of minority employees. (source: Associated Press, 7/6/2001)

Don’t you hate it when critics compare performance to performance-goals?

In Romney’s defense, he did not eliminate the Utah Office of Affirmative Action.


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