Tue Jul 24, 2012, 10:46 AM
tpsbmam (3,883 posts)
After Romney pledged transparent Olympics, key documents were destroyed
Source: Boston Globe (Boston.com)
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney promised “complete transparency” when he took charge of the scandal-plagued Salt Lake City Olympics, a pledge that included access to his own correspondence and plans for an extensive public archive of documents related to the Games.
But some who worked with Romney describe a close-to-the-vest chief executive unwilling to share so much as a budget with a state board responsible for spending oversight. Archivists now say most key records about the Games’ internal workings were destroyed under the supervision of a staffer shortly after the flame was extinguished at Olympic Cauldron Park, after Romney had returned to Massachusetts.
“Transparency? There was none with when he was there,” said Kenneth Bullock, a committee member who represented the Utah League of Cities and Towns. “Their transparency became a black hole. It was nonexistent.”
According to Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul, “Mitt Romney resigned from SLOC in early 2002 to run for governor of Massachusetts and was not involved in the decision-making regarding the final disposition of records.”
Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/07/24/after_romney_pledged_transparent_olympics_key_documents_were_destroyed/
Pattern, anyone? Bueller, Bueller? Lack of transparency, records destruction at the end of the games, total denial of any responsibility for the records destruction....it was the staff. Um.....where have I heard all of that before.....down to every single bloody detail!?!
(Note: the article title changed after I first read it and copied the title earlier. It's now: Romney’s ’02 Olympics short on transparency:
Despite pledge, records destroyed; I stuck with the original because I thought it was a better title.)
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Tue Jul 24, 2012, 01:06 PM
Igel (17,557 posts)
How he viewed himself in 1/2010, so a year and a half ago:
"Ken's future at the ULCT is inextricably tied to the future of Mitt Romney; insiders all agree that if handsome Mitt becomes president at some point in the future (probably about the time the Constitution is hanging by a thread), Ken will likely become the last resident at Guantanamo. Ken has a wife and two tall sons. Contact Ken for: the inside scoop on Utah politics, passion about the Making Life Better Campaign, dirt on Mitt Romney, and PAC 10 basketball analysis."
It's still the text.
Some of what he said was appropriate, probably a bunch was accurate. But he resented even having "a hedge fund guy" brought in because, well, Romney wasn't necessary. Everything was good when he took over and there was no way, even before 9/11, that the Olympics wouldn't do well. A monkey could have run it (making one wonder why, exactly, anybody on the SLOC didn't think the monkey running it wasn't doing a great job). As for charges of corruption, yeah, everybody knew you had to be dirty dealing with the Olympics, so why make a point of making people look bad? He shouldn't make people look bad. Everybody deserves credit for good, nobody deserves credit for bad. Eh.