Thursday, April 07, 2005
Romney Mien

While waiting for the Silver Line we realized that an anagram for "Silver Line" is "N-i-l I-s R-e-v-e-l." Which made no sense. But got us thinking about other anagrams.

So we re-arranged "Red Line" and got "E-l N-e-r-d."

Then we re-arranged "Curt Schilling" and got something that looked like "Long-Winded, Ketchup-Smearing Grand-Stander Who Doesn't Know When To Keep His Mouth Shut" but the paper blew away.

Then we re-arranged "No-Show Angelo Buonopane" and got "M-a-r-t-i-n H-a-n-a-k-a." Give or take six or seven consonants.

And that's when it hit us. No-Show Angelo Buonopane IS Martin Hanaka.

What's that you ask? Who is Martin Hanaka?

Martin Hanaka was the CEO of Staples back when Willard Mitt was a member of the Staples board of directors. Hanaka purportedly quit amid charges he was having an affair with a female underling, was reportedly arrested for allegedly assaulting said underling and was said to have paid upwards of $10,000 to the underling in hush money. (source: Boston Herald, 10/18/2002) Yes, we like the word 'underling.'

Less than a year later, Romney, who then also sat on the Sports Authority board of directors, purportedly helped seat Hanaka as CEO of that company. (source: Boston Herald, 10/18/2002)

When asked to explain Willard Mitt's sponsorship of Hanaka, Romney's now $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman said, "Like anybody else (Martin Hanaka) deserved a second chance." (source: Boston Herald, 10/18/2002)

So what does Martin Hanaka have to do with Angelo Buonopane?

Romney helped hire Hanaka. As he hired Buonopane. The question is ... why?

In 2002, just one month before he was sworn in as Fraud Governor, 'sources' said that Angelo Buonopane would be the only hold-over appointee retained by Team Reform. (source: Boston Herald, 12/6/2002)

Back in the 1960s, Buonopane went to prison for armed robbery and drug-related offenses. In the 1970s, Buonopane was arrested after a fight on the Tobin Bridge. In the 1980s, Buonopane was indicted for allegedly shaking down a cement contractor, securing cash and a $1,050 lithograph in exchange for promises of labor peace. In the 1990s, Buonopane was arrested for violating a restraining order taken out by his wife. (source: Boston Globe, 9/14/1996)

Willard Mitt ended up making Buonopane as his $108,000-a-year director of the state Department of Labor, a job that had "no obvious duties" and was administratively coded for unlimited vacation allotment. (source: Boston Globe, 4/5/2005)

In No-Show Angelo's defense, Buonopane had a $108,000-a-year job that has "no obvious duties" and was administratively coded for an unlimited vacation allotment!

And in Willard Mitt's defense, he is the Fraud Governor.

However, several questions remain.

Was Angelo Buonopane hired in December 2002 because he was a model state employee, or because Romney was thanking him for political favors rendered?

Or did Romney think that Buonopane "like anybody else" deserved a second chance?

Why does Willard Mitt hire men like Martin Hanaka and Angelo Buonopane for positions of leadership?

And what does this say about Romney's leadership?

Too bad former Department of (MDC job) Conservation and Recreation's Commissioner Katherine Abbott wasn't like everybody else. Or a guy with a shady past. Maybe she'd have been given a second chance, too. Give or take six or seven consonants.


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