Friday, January 12, 2007

Mitt Romney

An eye-opening expose of Mitt Romney, the Mormon Governor of Massachusetts and likely Presidential Candidate in 2008, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan. The man has reversed his position on nearly all those issues in hopes of gathering more conservative support. See more at Wikipedia.

After attending Stanford University for two quarters, Romney served for 30 months as a Mormon missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France.[5] Upon returning from France he transferred to Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian, earning his B.A. summa cum laude in 1971. In 1975, Romney simultaneously earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He graduated cum laude from law school and in the top 5 percent of his business school class...

On February 11, 1999 Romney was hired as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Games.[11] Romney revamped the organization's leadership and policies, reduced budgets and boosted fundraising. He also worked to ensure the safety of the Games following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by coordinating a $300 million security budget.[12] Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up clearing a profit of $100 million. Following the conclusion of the Games, President George Bush praised Romney's management.[13]

Romney contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and donated the $825,000 salary he earned as President and CEO to charity.

The man sounds legit. If Barack Obama wasn't around, I would maybe have voted for him. It's too bad that he has to sacrifice his values to win the Republican primaries -- unless, of course, he never had those values to begin with. (Guessing from his charity donation and that debate, I think he did.)

UPDATE: Here Mitt Romney clarifies his 'smarter' position on the issues today. Disgusting.

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