Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Cast Away

Who does Willard Mitt like less, the elderly or fishermen? Because despite making fuzzy comments on behalf of both, when the rubber meets the road, Romney seems more likely to drive over these interest groups than to their rescue (see RiaF, 10/15/2003)

The latest case in point: Romney’s Massport Authority has neglected the Fish Pier to such a degree that it is in danger of being shut down - a situation that would greatly harm the local fishing industry. (source: Boston Herald, 12/24/2003)

Could the Fish Pier be yet another victim of this, the worst economic period since the Great Depression (cough)? Nah. While the pier rots, Massport has been spending cash to build a park for the Canadian insurer Manulife's Seaport office tower.

Besides, in past years, Massport actually offered to provide upwards of $400,000 in development aid.

Note the key phrase, 'in past years.' That, of course, was before Willard Mitt (aka, the Fishermen's Friend) took office.

Said one critic, "Massport is just not maintaining the kind of investment they need to make if they want to keep the Fish Pier a going concern." (source: Boston Globe, 12/24/2003)

There have even been printed references to "a secret agenda" that Massport may or may not have to "drive fish industry firms out and redevelop the site” for commercial uses. (source: Boston Herald, 12/24/2003)

So, has the Fraud Governor flown back from vacation so that he can hold a press conference to assure us that he is doing everything to keep fishermen safe from … the Massachusetts Port Authority?

We have no idea. But if you’re over 80 years of age and like to walk around with a fishing rod, we suggest you steer clear of the Fraud Governor, his loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman, Angry Eric Kriss or other members of Team Reform; they’ll have you cleaned and gutted in no time.


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