Skip to comments.N. H. Probe investigates Romney Aide
Posted on 06/22/2007 7:28:51 AM PDT by no dems
The New Hampshire attorney general has launched a criminal probe into allegations that a security guard for former Gov. Mitt Romney illegally pulled over a New York Times [NYT] reporter and claimed he ran the journalists license plate.
The AG is probing accusations that Jay Garrity, a longtime Romney aide once cited by Boston police for having illegal police equipment, pulled over Times reporter Mark Leibovich in Dover, N.H., May 29.
Leibovich said Garrity directed him off the road, told him he ran his plate and said he was not allowed to follow Romneys SUV.
The AG was contacted about the alleged incident and we are presently conducting an investigation into the allegations, said Jane Young, chief of the AGs criminal bureau
A Romney official declined comment. The probe comes in response to a complaint filed by Paul Nagy, chairman of the conservative political group Conserve NH.
Ive been involved in campaigns in New Hampshire for a long time and this just doesnt cut it, Nagy said of the flap. We dont treat guests who are here enjoying the presidential primaries that way.
Romney officials have said there was a discussion between Garrity and the reporter, but deny that Leibovichs vehicle was pulled over or that his license plate was run. Leibovich, who wrote about the confrontation in a piece on Romney, has stood by his story.
Its illegal in New Hampshire for civilians to pull over vehicles or run license plates.
In his letter to AG Kelly Ayotte, Nagy wrote: The public deserves to know that freedoms guaranteed under New Hampshire law are protected from this type of infringement.
Garrity, who earned $75,000 a year as an operations director when Romney was governor, is still with the campaign.
In 2004, Garrity was cited in Boston for driving a sedan illegally equipped with lights, sirens, loud speakers, tinted windows and multiple police radios. He also reportedly had a police baton and a state police patch that read official business.
I guess we can't blame this on the MSM attack dogs since the investigation was called for by a leading N.H. Conservative and printed by the Boston Herald, rather than the Globe.
You gotta be a little nuts to start with if you support Mitt.
Cop imitators are not mentally stable - if you put one in your campaign you are guaranteed an incident.
While the New Hampshire A.G. is at it, Maybe he should investigate Romney (for impersonating a Conservative.)
Wild Bill Hickman? Orrin Porter Rockwell? Danites? Anyone?
correction: Maybe “SHE” should.
Alex, I’ll take “What are Avenging Angels” for $500.00!
Since he was working for Governor Romney at the time, it can be presumed that Romney ordered the State Police to supply him with these various gadgets, courtesy of the taxpayer.
Of course his arrest could have been a turf dispute between the left and the comparative right, Mumbles Menino (D) vs Mitt Romney (R).
Menino (pictured below) is known as an eccentric.
What’s “illegal police equipment”, I wonder?
If what he “believes” today was what he’d always believed and practiced, he’d be o.k.
I just don’t trust him to not backslide to his old, liberal ways once he gets into office.
You can almost see the desperation dripping off the McCain campaign.
Some background on the leaders of ConserveNH (Source: Jason Bonham at MyManMitt.com)
1. ConserveNH was founded, and presumably ran by Doug Lambert, Skip Murphy, Paul Nagy and Patrick Hynes.
2. Doug Lambert and Skip Murphy both claim that they are no fans of Romney.
3. Pat Hynes is a paid consultant of McCain's and needs no introduction. From all accounts he is an excellent blogger and real "nice" guy, so I am not here to knock on him personally.
4. It's not too hard to find tough-on-Mitt-pieces-easy-on-McCain-pieces at Lambert and Murphy's blog.
5. For Paul Nagy (who actually petitioned the AG) attacking Romney is nothing new.
Whats illegal police equipment, I wonder?
AH SO, AH SO!! So, little Johnny McCain is behind this, huh?
I am so disappointed that a politician would stoop to trying to scandalize an opponent. I am shocked I tell you; shocked. /s