Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Fraudo Don't Surf

As twilight falls on Team Reform and the helicoptors begin their approach to the loyalists who are huddled atop the golden dome Willard Mitt has quietly begun to hand out gubernatorial party favors.

Among the first in line was Romney's $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman who received an appointment to the Brookline Housing Authority. (source: Boston Globe, 11/22/2006)

Setting aside the irony that Romney appointing an inside hack to a housing authority is like appointing Idi Amin Dada to the Vegitarian Appreciation Society, Willard Mitt's action runs counter to past statements of Beacon Hill insiders, cronyism, and reform.

"This campaign is about cleaning up the mess on Beacon Hill ... eliminating waste and the political patronage of both parties"
Willard Mitt
Boston Herald, 5/8/2002

"My campaign is going to be one about cleaning out patronage."
Willard Mitt
CNN Inside Politics, 9/18/2002

"(Willard Mitt) represents the potential of a fresher, less cynical style of government."
Jeff Jacoby
Boston Globe, 3/13/2003

"The pension system is an antiquated system, with rules created by insiders to benefit insiders."
Romney's $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman
Boston Globe, 9/6/2003

"To receive a pension at a huge multiple of the median income . . . and to do so based upon a few years of high income makes no sense. It's wrong, and we're going to propose that that's changed in a pension reform plan."
Willard Mitt
Boston Globe, 9/6/2003

"People who dedicate themselves to public service should do so without any expectation of a financial reward when that service comes to an end."
Willard Mitt
Boston Herald, 8/8/2003

"When the appointment was made, the (fraud) governor did not know that (his $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman) could accumulate service time toward his pension."
Mark Nielsen, Team Reform Chief of Staff
Boston Globe, 11/22/2006

"Government pensions are meant to provide a modest income to retired workers; they were never meant to be windfalls. The law needs to be changed."
Romney's $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman
Boston Globe, 11/20/2004

"Whoever has the most political influence gets the money."
Romney's $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman
Boston Globe, 11/16/2006


Which leaves just one issue to be decided - will someone petition the Brookline Housing Authority to allow telephone voting from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, or is Romney's $150,000-a-year Loathsome Spokesman about to become a $150,000 x 10 x .015 Loathsome Gentleman Farmer?

There's nothing like the smell of reform in the morning.

(No wait, perhaps everyone should check the bottom of their shoes.)


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