Skip to comments.How Mitt Romney Will Choose His Running Mate. [1st phase,secret investigation.]
Posted on 05/16/2012 12:51:28 PM PDT by greyfoxx39
Far less attention will get paid to the vital, somewhat shadowy, process of protecting Romney from choosing someone who cannot withstand the white-hot scrutiny of a presidential campaign. A longtime Republican insider whos been a central figure in vetting numerous VP candidates has just written an eye-opening description in the Wall Street Journal of the process Romney is likely to follow.
They will be asked for their agreement to join him on the GOP ticket if chosen, and in the meantime, to submit to a most intrusive and far-reaching vetting by lawyers and advisors working for the campaign, writes A.B. Culvahouse, a lawyer in the Washington office of Los Angeles-based OMelveny & Myers. No other candidate, not even the presidential nominee himself, is subjected to the same scrutiny.
For the vettees, the process can appear ad hoc, opaque and at times capricious [and] without precedent in their political experience, he added.
Already, trusted Romney aides have probably embarked on the first phase: a secret investigation, using public databases, media archives, political blogs and other sources, to determine whether a potential pick is qualified for the short list.
Those who make the initial cut must turn over tax returns, medical histories, financial statements, court records, and anything else labeled private and confidential, while also answering the most probing questions about themselves, their spouses, their children and their extended family questions I would not dream of posing in any other context, said Culvahouse, who served as White House counsel under President Reagan.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Many of Romney's partners and fellow board members will not make the short list.
Not going to happen.
Besides, Obama has his re-election in the bag. Or should I say, in SPAIN.
We've all long known that anyone the Democrats nominate get a complete pass (if they have the right ethnic cachet) or softball questions (if they don't).
Anyone nominated by the GOP will get a rectal exam with a microscope.
Is this supposed to be news?
Have you checked under your bed for the boogieman ?
Don't put all the blame on Spain. There are a whole lot of Americans who are going to try to put Obama in our White House. Quite a few Obama voters are in cemeteries in our own country.
Maybe Romney doesn't think he can find a gay adoptive parent that also holds a mormon temple recommend.
I hope Romney doesn’t choose a Mormon who shares his political views; I can’t stand Harry Reid.
With his connections to the gays in MA, I wouldn't bet on it. They owe him.
They all tell the truth to the bishop during the interview ???
i figure he’ll just consult the Aqua Budda and pick Rand Paul.
Doesn’t anyone remember the deal he made with Ron Paul? /s
Now THAT would be a "twofer", wouldn't it?
Yeah, but Romney made that same promise to someone in almost every state before the local primary. I know that he promised a woman in WA that she was on the short list. He didn’t even have a short list at the time.
Paul Ryan let the cat out of the bag on Hannity the other day that he is one of the ones being vetted.
WOW. I wish people would have invested Romney with the same fervor.
Rick Santelli would win me over!
Sec. Tres. at minimum!
I don’t know, there are lots of them.
I guess you missed the part where the investigation is being done by Romney and his "trusted aides".
From the article: They will be asked for their agreement to join him on the GOP ticket if chosen, and in the meantime, to submit to a most intrusive and far-reaching vetting by lawyers and advisors working for the campaign, writes A.B. Culvahouse, a lawyer in the Washington office of Los Angeles-based OMelveny & Myers. No other candidate, not even the presidential nominee himself, is subjected to the same scrutiny.
AND...I'll bet the "vettees" will be just a leetle bit reluctant to give all that secret and confidential information to Mitt's "lawyers and advisors"...
Mitt has shown NO reluctance to use the dirtiest tactics against other Republicans, and IF he is elected will have a tidy little pot of of gold to use against any future candidates in the next election...or to hand off to his chosen successor.
I doubt very much I would waste a vote on anyone dumb enough to accept these terms set by Mitt. This ought to give us a read on who is easily hornswoggled and write them off in the future.