Saturday, December 06, 2003
Federal Judge Refutes Olympic Scandal

If a tree doesn't fall in the middle of the forest, does it still make a sound?

A US federal judge recently threw out charges against Tom Welch and Dave Johnson, two Salt Lake Olympic organizers, saying the bribery case against them was "devoid of criminal intent or evil purpose." (source: Boston Globe, 12/6/2003)

He also refuted whether the Olympic "clean up," which was led by Winter Games chef Willard Mitt, was as noble as has often been described, calling attributions of moral values "misplaced."

Romney, who was hired by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) to be a "White Knight" and "clean up" the Games, made headlines criticizing Welch and Johnson, calling them "unethical" and comparing the two to shamed President Richard Nixon. (source: KSL(radio & TV).com) (Willard Mitt's comments continued a long-standing feud between his family and Nixon, who in 1970 called George Romney a 'grandstander.' (source: citypaper.net))

Welch's attorney pronounced Romney's comments self-serving, calling them "mean-spirited, hurtful and wrong. Shame on him for inflicting pain for his interest and shame on him for his phony morality." (source: KSL(radio & TV).com)

A federal judge apparently concurs.

As far as we are concerned, justice has now been served - both in Utah and Massachusetts. After all, Romney used his position as Winter Games chef as a springboard to the Commonwealth's Corner Office. It's only fair that the Fraud Governor be unmasked as the Fraud Knight.

So, now that the court has found that the Salt Lake Olympic scandal was not really a scandal, what becomes of Willard Mitt's self-sculpted reputation as a scandal solver?

We suggest the former Winter Games chef treat the federal court the way he treats the Massachusetts courts: just ignore the gosh-darn buggers and hope they go away.


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