Why Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign is OverPosted: December 6, 2011
Destroying documents, wiping hard-drives, buying new computers and having your aides (11 of them) purchase their hard-drives, is exactly what Mitt Romney appears to have done before leaving a 4 year Massachusetts governorship in 2007, as reported in Reuters today. And, it was done just before he entered the 2008 presidential race. Worst of all, he used state funds (taxpayer) money over $100,000 and increased the state computer costs some $97,000 to do so. Ouch.
And, if he or his staff did this, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is over.
In fact, “Romney’s efforts to control and wipe out records from his governorship were unprecedented”, according to Theresa Dolan, who served for 23 years as the Director of Administration for the Governors office. Yes, Massachusetts officials, at this point, claim, “they have no basis to believe that Romney’s staff violated any state laws or policies in removing his administrations records” and claim the state law is “vague and has not been updated with issues related to digital records and other modern technology”. Really, I don’t think the public will care whether the destroyed record was a paper document or an email, documents were still destroyed.
Nor, will the public care about lawyers squabbling over whether the documents were a public record. Destroying documents, whether or not, they are deemed public records is never a wise move. Ask any defendant. Even if Romney’s claim that the records are exempt from disclosure is found legally true, it still gives the appearance of hiding the truth. Never a vote-getter.
In California, pursuant to the Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), the People have a “fundamental and necessary right” to access information concerning the conduct of the people’s business and to monitor their government. How is that done when documents are erased or destroyed? And, how can voters properly evaluate a candidate’s performance as an elected official when records have been destroyed? Maybe, it’s time Massachusetts re-visit their State Records Law.
Romney has no chance of rehabilitation.
Simply my opinion, what say you?