Friday, September 19, 2003
Lease to Own; MA (Fraud) Gov: $1,000 - Cheap!

Quick, where were you nine years, four months and one day ago? If you were like us, you were probably reading how Burnin’ Bill Vernon and his cronies over at the Republican State Committee were found guilty of selling access to then-Gov. Weld's administration. (source: Boston Globe, 5/18/1994)

Vernon and other Republican ne’er-do-wells had created the Commonwealth Business Council, a shakedown scheme that ended up costing them $50,000 in fines, and their reputations as law-abiding citizens.

Not that anyone cared. Weld chugged along, and Vernon became a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, and a Romney/Healey Inc campaign prop. (source: Boston Globe, 9/21/2002)

In fact, Vernon's model worked so well, that Team Reform appears to have trotted it out again.

Over the past two days, Willard Mitt has been hobnobbing with and promising sweet nothings to businessmen who paid the Republican Governors Association a vig of between $1,000 and $10,000. Among the corporations seeking favor were Raytheon, Verizon, Fleet Bank, Sovereign Bank, John Hancock, Mass Mutual, Parsons Brinckerhof, the Mass Biotech Council, and EMC. (source: Boston Globe, 9/19/2003)

Gee, do any of these companies have business before the Commonwealth? They wouldn't be seeking a quo to go along with their quid, would they?

On the other hand, we do recall that the Fraud Governor once promised to be the state’s top salesman. (source: Boston Herald, 5/15/2002)

Silly us, we thought Romney meant he'd be selling the state's promise, not promising to sell the State.


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