Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Sometimes I have to laugh at our political parties. And, yes, it is AT them and not with them. The Democrats (a party of which I am a member) tried to have Mitt Romney excluded as a GOP candidate for governor. Mitt Romney, you may remember, was the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee. No, he wasn't one of the bribers who basically bought the Olympics, he was the one who took over once those people left.

The main issue was the status of Romney's residency. You have to be a Massachusetts resident for seven years to be a candidate for governor. Romney lived in Utah for at least a year while planning the 2002 Olympic Games and filed part-time resident tax returns for one year and non-resident returns for other years. Those later returns were amended to reflect Romney's status as a Massachusetts resident. He later claimed that his accountants, PricewaterhouseCoopers, had screwed up (nothing surprising given the WorldCom, Enron, and Global Crossing debacles of this year).

What I find funny is that the Democrats are doing to Mitt Romney what the Republicans tried to do to Hilary Clinton when was running for the Senate. How can this person run this state/represent this state/screw this state over when they aren't a resident and haven't been for sometime (or even ever)?

Politics...they make you laugh.

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