Thursday, September 30, 2004
Neilsen Rating

There's bad news, and then there's Friday news.

Bad news is released anytime so you can later dismiss it with an airy, 'we've addressed that' and try to move on.

Friday news, however, is let loose in the hopes of hitting a Saturday newspaper (which no one reads but blind dogs and drunk cats), and becoming 'yesterday's news' by Sunday.

Bad news is when your Legal Counsel, whom you praised for leaving a job with life tenure to join your administration, prematurely quits your administration to ... seek a job with life tenure.

Friday news is when your replacement Legal Counsel is a failed Congressional candidate ... from out of state.

Which explains why Willard Mitt released the appointment of his new legal counsel, Mark Nielsen, on a Friday. But doesn't explain why Romney's flack who was formerly known as the stout, Reese Witherspoon-wannabe dye-job aide to Romney’s $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman misspelled Nielsen's name in the press release. (Note the release's file name: "govPR.jsp?gov_pr=gov_pr_040924_mark_nielson.xml")

Nielsen ran for Congress on the anti-Clinton platform of character and trust. source: Boston Globe, 10/8/1998)

And lost. (source: Worcester T&G, 11/8/2000)

Looks like the voters didn't trust his character.

Should Willard Mitt?

Nielsen's first day as Romney's $130,000-a-year deputy legal counsel was September 13.

According to the Rat Line Nielsen appeared to not have been a member of the Massachusetts Bar as late as September 22.

Perhaps the paperwork was wending its way through the system. Or the computer files weren't updated.


So when did Nielsen apply to the Massachusetts Bar?

Was the Fraud Governor's newest Consigliere certified to practice law in Massachusetts when he started to practice law in the State House?

Is Nielsen certified to practice law in Massachusetts now?

Who are Mark Neilsen's friends, and what does he owe them?

And why is Romney out-sourcing his legal counsel from Connecticut? Couldn't Team Reform scrape up any home-grown, locally owned and operated Republican talent?

Dan Winslow bailed on Team Reform after two short years. Will Mark Nielsen last longer than Winslow?

Will Willard Mitt last longer than Mark Nielson?

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