Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records.
Comment by Jim Campbell
To be sure running for President of the United States requires a warped ego, and a proclivity for doing some dirty deeds. One must wonder why any of these people are taken seriously and who among them can be believed?
It would seem that Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has managed to dodge the arrows and grenades being flung by the opposition.
As Herman Cain has dropped out, look for her to begin gaining traction, as she does, don’t be surprised to learn that each of her children were sired by members of the Minnesota Vikings. Film at eleven!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m Jim Campbell and I approve this message.
Washington Post/Boston Globe
By Mark Hosenball
The effort to purge the records was made a few months before Romney launched an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He is again competing for the party’s nomination, this time to challenge President Obama.
As governor, Romney worked with a Democratic-led legislature to close a budget shortfall and signed a health-care overhaul that required nearly all residents to buy insurance.
The state’s health-care law became a model for Obama’s health-care program. As a presidential candidate, however, Romney has criticized Obama’s plan.
Massachusetts officials say they have no basis to believe that Romney’s staff violated state laws. They acknowledge, however, that the law has not been updated to deal with issues related to digital records.
Romney’s spokesmen emphasize that he followed the law and precedent. But Theresa Dolan, former director of administration for the governor’s office, told Reuters that Romney’s efforts to control or wipe out the records were unprecedented.
Dolan said that in her 23 years as an aide to successive governors “no one had ever inquired about, or expressed the desire” to purchase their computer hard drives before Romney’s tenure.
The cleanup of records by Romney’s staff included spending $205,000 for a three-year lease on new computers for the governor’s office, according to official documents and state officials.
In signing the lease, Romney aides broke an earlier three-year lease that provided the same number of computers for about half the cost — $108,000, according to documents.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney’s campaign, referred questions on the issue to state officials.
The removal of digital records by Romney’s staff, first reported by the Boston Globe, has sparked a wave of requests for paper records from his governorship.