Mitt Romney, Beat Cop

“The Liberal Media” just can’t seem to focus on this Mittens-impersonates-a-cop story. Karoli channels Conason:

If Mitt Romney had a penchant in his youth for masquerading as a state police officer — and there is reason to believe he did – then he seems to have attracted staffers with that same peculiar fantasy over the years. During the summer of 2007, months before the general public paid much attention to the Republican presidential candidates, Romney’s 2008 campaign stumbled into a scandal that led to the resignation of a top staffer accused of impersonating a state trooper, and allegations of similar misconduct by at least two others.

A former gubernatorial aide to Romney at the Massachusetts state house who served as his “body man” in the early stages of the 2008 primary campaign, Jay Garrity provoked several reporters with thuggish behavior that led to investigations of his conduct in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich accused Garrity of waving his car over and ordering him to “veer off” from a campaign motorcade, claiming that he had “run” the license plate of Leibovich’s car.

What the fuck is wrong with these people?

Romney’s Creepy Fake Cop Act Extends to Staffers [Crooks & Liars]

Gee, there was another guy from Michigan who liked flashing red lights at cars for shits and giggles.

Bloggie, I find Mittens’ escapades more disturbing than his staffers’ – por ejemplo:

Phillip Maxwell, a prep school buddy, told the New Republic in 2008 that Romney had pulled over students from a girls school next door to Cranbrook while wearing a police uniform as a prank. Other former classmates described Mitt as a “happy-go-lucky guy known less for his achievements and more for his pranks.”

In The Real Romney, a biography published by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman this year,another former friend recalled how Romney had “put a siren on top of his car and chased two of his friends who were driving around with their dates.” The two friends were in on the scheme, but the girls were not. There was beer in the car trunk, according to a prearranged plan. Mitt told his two counterparts to get out of their vehicle and into his car. Then they drove off, leaving the girls behind.“

It was a terrible thing to do,” said one of his accomplices, a Cranbrook classmate named Graham McDonald.

To some observers, Romney’s alleged masquerading as a cop to intimidate innocent drivers shows a character defect that is also revealed by other bullying incidents during his youth.

This incident is creepy, but it also points to an authoritarian and anti-woman streak in Romney. Let’s not forget that Romney’s religion forbids any alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. To set up two women with beer in the car, pretend to be a cop, and leave them there with it? That’s not a joke. That’s a disgusting, authoritarian, nasty statement about what Romney thinks of women who don’t comport with his idea of what women should be.

What the fuck is wrong with these people?

They’re fascists. Duh…

@SanFranLefty: the romney article made me think of “BTK”. Dennis Rader loved strutting around in a uniform and he tortured animals. There are degrees of sociopathic behavior?

@SanFranLefty: All of it is sad – guy in my high school class was a faux cop, and got punished for it. Is the exam for local police that hard?

@blogenfreude: Well and of course George Zimmerman is now the poster child for wannabe cops gone bad.

If it’s anything like the military exam, no.

Problem is that I’ve read that many police forces don’t want smart cops.

@blogenfreude: It’s not the exam, it’s the screening. If you open up that you have faux cop fantasies, some departments will deduct that from an otherwise clean record.

The logic would be that you want to be a cop to have a gun and badge, not serve the public trust. (Yes, some PDs are actually like this. They get piles of applications from cop wannabees and cop impersonators.)

I’ll wager there’s a cop uniform and a set of cuffs hanging in ole’ Mittens’ bedroom closet right now, just waiting for when the wife whispers in his ear, “Arrest me again, big guy.”

@matador1015: dude that played fake cop in high school was less convincing because the car he chose to clap the Kojak cherry on was an AMC Pacer. Wagon. WITH faux wood. Sad.

@SanFranLefty: Hey Lefty, the Rangers beat the Gnats today. Was there conflict chez SFL?

@blogenfreude: Yup. They can afford the Kojak cherry, but not a proper cop car. Hell, even the Blues Brothers had a police auction car; why buy anything else?

@blogenfreude: We used to refer to the AMC Pacer as “The Mothership.”

I endured as much of the horror that is the Tonys as I could (can someone please tell NPH to STFU: he is not Robert Preston) till I saw my dearly beloved colleague ‘win’ (I absolutely fucking despise the contest sport metaphor: it makes me want to punch pugs) for supporting actrine in a musicale farrago. Given that les etoilles of said farrago are so hopelessly fucking awful I think they might have upgraded her from demi-lunette to lunette-enorme. But no. They seem to like the little untalented fat man. Anyhoo. I was pleased. Carry on.

@Tommmcatt May Just Have Some MJ In His System As Well, So What?: One is oiling one’s assless chaps.

@Benedick: Hey, Ixnay on the reportage — the show starts in 3 min here on the Left Coast.

I’ve spent the last 30 minutes trying to convince my wife to come with me on a business trip to Hong Kong in December. So far, no dice.

@Benedick: I’m afraid you’ll have to use subtitles in your posts, for those of us who don’t speak Theatre.

@Dodgerblue: Best supporting musical acctrette. I would consider ditching all responsibility to accompany you to Hong Kong. I would do that for you. You’re welcome.

@matador1015: My postings are best left unread.

@Dodgerblue: No conflict for me, Giants all the way. The Rangers still have the taint of Shrub to them. Why doesn’t Mrs. Dodger want to go to HK?

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