Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Can Romney Come Clean on Cloning?

Willard Mitt yesterday announced that he supported tax-cuts for companies creating manufacturing jobs in biotechnology. (source: Boston Globe, 9/16/2003) (Raytheon and Honeywell, please come home, all is forgiven!)

Team Reform’s PR wing (aka the State Republican Party) joined the party with Strongman Darrell “I am not a hack” Crate claiming that Romney’s policies would enable eight Massachusetts companies to add 700 jobs in the Commonwealth over the next few years. Therion Biologics president and CEO Mark Leuchtenberger was then led out to pronounce Romney’s presence at a press conference "testament to his ongoing support of the Commonwealth’s biotechnology industry." (source: The Bay State Republican, 9/15/2003)

Beauty. Eight companies bring 700 jobs to Massachusetts, but the featured quote goes to Therion, which will be creating but 25 jobs. (source: The Bay State Republican, 9/15/2003) We wonder if Leuchtenberger’s maxing out to Romney Inc last September had anything to do with his product placement. (source: OCPF)

We also wonder why, amidst all the heady talk of tax cuts and business incentives, Romney refuses to do the one thing that the biotech industry says it needs to actually stimulate job creation: allow cloning research. (source: Boston Herald, 7/12/2003)

Last year, the Fraud Candidate ducked the cloning issue, using his now loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman as a human shield to maunder that Romney hadn’t “looked at [cloning] closely enough. It's a very complicated subject and we want to know it more thoroughly.” (source: Boston Globe, 6/14/2002)

Time’s up, Goober. You’ve had over a year to make a decision. Do you support cloning or not?

And try not to be clouded by the fact that your political consultant, Mike Murphy, led the move against cloning by producing the “Stop Human Cloning” ad campaign that ran across America last spring. (source: cloninginformation.org)

Try to do the right thing, Willard. For the biotech industry, not Murphy, Pintak, Gautier Hudome.


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