Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Freedom's Just Another Word For 'Shut Up, You're Suspended'

Quick, who said, “I would certainly promote the right of free speech in appropriate, permitted settings to espouse positions and views I consider wrong. That's part of our American system and, likewise, my political philosophy.” (source: Boston Globe, 8/11/2002)

The quote is from then-Fraud Candidate Willard Mitt.

Next question: who said, Romney “understands that not everyone will agree with him on every issue, and he's willing to engage in an open and honest dialogue.” (source: Boston Globe, 12/6/2003)

How many guessed the stout, Reese Witherspoon-wannabe dye-job aide to Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman? You were correct!

Last question: who said, “it's more than inappropriate for a staff person to make a comment. (H)e was not authorized to speak on behalf of the department." (source: Associated Press, 12/5/2003)

That would be Justin Latini, a Department of Corrections spokesman, announcing a suspension of Robert W. Brouillette, the business agent for the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union, for describing the death of an inmate.

So much for Team Reform standing up for freedom of speech.

Which is ironic insofar as Romney owes his office to the First Amendment. Remember the poll that Christy Mihos first commissioned (as "a private client") that ended up getting Romney in the race? Mihos purchased the poll to get back at former Gov. Jane Swift (R-Flag Bearer) for, in his view, violating his First Amendment rights. (source: New Bedford Standard Times, 5/13/2002)

So why is Team Reform now turning its collective back on free speech?

Just after taking office, Romney made a big show of firing redundant press aides that had been marbled throughout state government. Yet when the dust settled, it became clear that many of the supposedly fired agency spokespersons had actually just been moved to different positions. (source: Boston Herald, 6/19/2003)

We figure the Fraud Governor is now trying to reserve some work for his press vassels so they have more to do than simply work on his Christmas Card list.


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