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Authors: Romney Denied Free Olympic Tickets to 9-11 Widows, Orphans; Gave Them to Utah Legislators
Big Government ^ | 01/31/2012 | Charles Johnson

Posted on 02/01/2012 6:55:45 PM PST by writer33

Mitt Romney, in pledging to turn around the Olympics in 2002, had promised to restore the honor and integrity of the scandal-clouded Salt Lake City. The Games captured the world’s attention and became all the more urgent after terrorists attacked us on 9-11. But while Romney invoked the wellspring of American patriotism after the attacks, he neglected their heroes, the fallen firefighters of that early September morning.

Romney’s executive assistant, Donna Tillery, twice denied requests to provide free or discounted tickets to widows and orphans of the felled firefighters but gave them for free to Utah legislators just six weeks later, according to a new book, The Real Romney (HarperCollins, 2012).

Tillery sent e-mails to A.J. Barto, a former Salt Lake City firefighter helping the 9-11 widows and orphans, citing a policy barring giveaways, but Romney gave 100 free surplus tickets ($885 each) to Utah legislators. “I was outraged at the hypocrisy,” Barto told Kranis and Helman. “In less than two months, he went from saying, ‘We’re going to run a tight ship’ to throwing out free tickets to a group of people who could help him politically.” (221)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; benedictromney; brutusromney; romney; romney4mormons; romney4mormonsonly; romneythevicious; romneyvsorphans; romneyvswidows; santorum
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To: Anti-Hillary

Ah, now I have to agree with you! He is destroying the Republican Party, but only as you and I know it! The Republican Party has destroyed itself much earlier (maybe a few decades now).

Our problem is trying to either resurrect the Republican Party or starting a new party. Seems to me that the only choice is a NEW Party (see Tea Party).

Yes, scary as it seems, we are no longer in control or have any influence within the Republican Party. It is past time to forget them and move on...

What the Republican Party today is akin to the Democrats - stay in power and control the money. It has little to do with morality, philosophy, commitment. It seems to be all about political power and it infects both parties.


51 posted on 02/01/2012 7:59:48 PM PST by Deagle
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To: bayliving

Heh...Okay. The simple minded are always pacified by pictures.


52 posted on 02/01/2012 8:03:26 PM PST by Deagle
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To: DJ MacWoW

Oh I know but the RNC chair was just on Greta and his is blowing smoke up our you know what.

This is going to get real ugly.


53 posted on 02/01/2012 8:03:42 PM PST by Clyde5445
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To: acapesket
I think that this is “Charles Johnson” LGF, former conservative, currently abject nutbag.

Nope. This story is by Charles C. Johnson:

Charles Johnson of LGF is this guy:

I had to go and look it up when you posted the author's name. I couldn't imagine that Britebart would hire that Charles Johnson.

54 posted on 02/01/2012 8:04:44 PM PST by Pilsner
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To: Anti-Hillary
(BTW, his dog was NOT sick prior to the trip. He didn't want to bother with the dog in the car. The dog got sick after riding on the roof for hundreds of miles)

Really? Because the story I got was that the dog was in the car and got sick with diarrhea (happens to dogs and cats alike - trust me I know) and THAT is when he decided he would rather have the dog on the roof of the car instead of in the car.

Never did I EVER once consider doing such a thing with ANY of the animals I have owned over the years. Having an animal get sick is just a hazard of traveling with pets...

55 posted on 02/01/2012 8:04:44 PM PST by bayliving (3 if by the RNC-e)
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To: Deagle
The simple minded are always pacified by pictures.

Pacified? No...

But able to see the BIGGER picture within the pictures... YES!

Keep trying though. Eventually you will get there.

56 posted on 02/01/2012 8:07:37 PM PST by bayliving (3 if by the RNC-e)
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To: Clyde5445

Gingrich knows the rules and the law. They did the wrong thing. Newt may lose but he’ll make the elitists look like the scum they are.


57 posted on 02/01/2012 8:07:54 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: SoConPubbie

He didn’t give some tickets to the “needy.” Wow. I didn’t get free tickets either. Should I bellyache about it? Seriously, this is an issue? Romney has an entire record over two decades and people are trashing him over not giving free tickets to the olympics to the “needy” lmao.


58 posted on 02/01/2012 8:07:54 PM PST by Twink
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To: SoConPubbie

And the entire topic is BS. Liberal BS. Focus on his liberal record. It’s enough to turn people off.


59 posted on 02/01/2012 8:09:50 PM PST by Twink
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To: bayliving; Anti-Hillary

Nope. The dog was always on the roof. He said there was no room in the car. The dog got diarrhea and it ran down the back windshield of their station wagon. He stopped at a rest stop or gas station, hosed down the dog and the car and drove off.


60 posted on 02/01/2012 8:10:32 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: tirednvirginia
Yes, I do miss him.

So do I ! :)

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61 posted on 02/01/2012 8:11:16 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: DJ MacWoW

I agree. Some of the state RNC delegates who wrote the rules are on Newts side.


62 posted on 02/01/2012 8:11:16 PM PST by Clyde5445
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To: writer33
Photobucket
63 posted on 02/01/2012 8:12:39 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Newt’s not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn’t running this year. - shoff)
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To: Twink
Romney has an entire record over two decades and people are trashing him over not giving free tickets to the olympics to the “needy” lmao.

I believe those "needy" people you are laughing your a$$ off about were wives and children of firefighters that were killed during the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. I could be wrong and stand corrected if that's the case.

Regardless, Obomney thought it would be better go give those tickets to his political "friends" instead.

Keep laughing though.

64 posted on 02/01/2012 8:14:31 PM PST by bayliving (3 if by the RNC-e)
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To: bayliving

Dog was up there from the beginning. Read and see for yourself

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/12/21/romney-and-seamus-the-dog/


65 posted on 02/01/2012 8:15:36 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Spoken like a true Mittbot”

Wow. I never thought about it that way! What incredible insight you possess! I bow to your superior intelligence! I mean, to zero in on the key point like that, why you must have studied philosophy at some great university. Maybe Eastern Michigan or some place like that.


66 posted on 02/01/2012 8:16:10 PM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
The dog was always on the roof.

Even MORE hideous. Dear God....

67 posted on 02/01/2012 8:17:53 PM PST by bayliving (3 if by the RNC-e)
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To: Deagle

You’ll get no arguement from me.


68 posted on 02/01/2012 8:19:25 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (No Jesus, No Peace! Know Jesus, Know Peace!)
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To: sand lake bar

Smith & Wesson.


69 posted on 02/01/2012 8:25:58 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: bayliving

Here we go again, or as RR has said, here he goes again.

Those who can’t argue and discuss go for the ad hominem...Twink is a shortened version of the nickname given to me as a child by my older brothers from being the twinkle in my daddy’s eye. Feel better now? You succeeded in taking a pet name and making it something dirty. Just as some posters before you have done. Nice. Very conservative of you.

“YTo the contrary, this is showing the “measure of the man” that would be president. The fact that you can’t see that is, well.... Sad.ay for you.”

You mean like Newt? The man who cheated on two wives? That many here all of sudden forget that. I’m not the one saying our politicians have to be perfect.

So Romney gave tickets to people he wanted to give tickets to and not the “widows and orphans of 9-11.” Cry me a river, build a bridge and get the hell over it. This is the least of our problems with him as the GOP nom.

I agree. Obama and the MSM, with the help of the conservatives will bury him in the general. I won’t vote for him in the primary but if he’s the nom in the general, against Obama, I probably will vote for him. But him giving tickets or not giving tickets won’t be a part of my decision.


70 posted on 02/01/2012 8:26:14 PM PST by Twink
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To: bayliving

I saw an interview on you tube where talks about it but I can’t find it. It was disgusting.


71 posted on 02/01/2012 8:29:51 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Twink; bayliving
The man who cheated on two wives?

Bet you don't even have all the facts on that. It's just something that you heard.

72 posted on 02/01/2012 8:32:02 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Pilsner

You are quite correct!
My apologies, I was otherwise engaged at the time!

Charles L. Johnson. is whom I spoke of and I was mistaken.

So much for flash posting when life is happening!

I do apologize to all including the nutbag.


73 posted on 02/01/2012 8:33:24 PM PST by acapesket
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To: ladyjane

Yes it is. And of course, “bad capitalism or crony capitalism.” Also, he doesn’t worry about the poor. RME.

I don’t want the guy as our nom. I didn’t vote for McCain in the last primary and I won’t vote for Romney in this one.

Heh, those of us with jobs and being taxed to oblivion are caring less about widows and orphans, and those who suck welfare, less and less.

Very absurd. IMO.


74 posted on 02/01/2012 8:37:11 PM PST by Twink
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To: Deagle
Wow, while I would not vote for Romney, the anger and disgust displayed here is amazing. He is a Republican candidate (although weak one) and am surprised at the animosity of some here...

In my case it is because I can't stand the sight of the man. By the way anyone can be a Republican. All they need to do is register as one. Truth is Romney is 100% pandering fraud, and he should be on the Democrat party.

I think Romney is a bigger disaster then Obama because, unlike Obama, Romney will destroy the Conservative movement while he ruins our country.

75 posted on 02/01/2012 8:37:24 PM PST by EagleInGA (Mittens & the NJ Fat Man? Really?!?!)
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To: writer33

Didn’t we give the 9/11 widows enough money so that they could afford to buy their own tickets?


76 posted on 02/01/2012 8:38:31 PM PST by HIDEK6
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To: EagleInGA

Actually, don’t disagree with much that you said. Who you going to vote for though? We have a dearth of candidates this year and selection is minimal at best.

What that means is that we have no REAL Conservative candidates still in the running... What choice is there?

Another way to put it is we are screwed!


77 posted on 02/01/2012 9:01:31 PM PST by Deagle
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To: HIDEK6; writer33

Don’t politicians get enough freebies?


78 posted on 02/01/2012 9:04:39 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

And you’d be wrong. I have all the facts. Unlike some, I don’t only see the positives or negatives of another person. I take them for what they are. Warts and all. I have a Masters in History so this is my area.

Newt has awful personal issues and yes he cheated on two wives for whatever reason. He married his high school teacher. Cheated on her and married looney wife #2. Cheated on her and married wife #3. That doesn’t play well and as we’ve seen the media made sure of it, regardless of the details.

Those details, baggage, don’t matter much to me since I look at his record and I remember his record from the ‘90s. His political record. But those details do matter to many and we can’t forget that.

You ain’t the brightest crayon in the box so don’t assume that I don’t know politics or the histories of politicians. I know Newt’s history, personal and political, and I will vote accordingly. I know Santorum’s personal and political history and Romney’s.

Denying Newt’s personal and political baggage doesn’t help him or us. Personally, between Newt, Santorum and Romney, I think Newt is the best person politically for our country but I don’t think he or the other two can win against Obama. The GOP had the best opportunity to field a candidate to beat Obama and they screwed up.

“Bet you don’t even have all the facts on that. It’s just something that you heard”

And you’d be wrong and lose that bet.


79 posted on 02/01/2012 9:07:49 PM PST by Twink
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To: ladyjane

“Maybe we should tax anyone with a job and give 39% to widows and orphans.”

Mitt would rather tax everyone and give 39% to Utah legislators.


80 posted on 02/01/2012 9:10:15 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: writer33

Romney should drop out now.


81 posted on 02/01/2012 9:10:33 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Agreed.


82 posted on 02/01/2012 9:12:17 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33
Authors: Romney Denied Free Olympic Tickets to 9-11 Widows, Orphans; Gave Them to Utah Legislators

and now it's paying off.

83 posted on 02/01/2012 9:14:21 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: Twink
Cheated on her and married looney wife #2. Cheated on her and married wife #3.

You left out some stuff. He was legally separated from Looney 2 for 6 years. That's when he met wife 3. He tried to reconcile but Looney2 was, well, looney. She did an interview right after they reconciled stating that if he ran for President she'd be on TV the next day making sure that didn't happen. It's posted on FR.

You ain’t the brightest crayon in the box

And that was totally uncalled for.

Goodnight.

84 posted on 02/01/2012 9:17:06 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: writer33
"Romney’s executive assistant, Donna Tillery, twice denied requests to provide free or discounted tickets to widows and orphans of the felled firefighters but gave them for free to Utah legislators just six weeks later, according to a new book,..."

OK I give up. Who denied the tickets? Was this Romney's decision, the assistant's, or the reporter's?

86 posted on 02/01/2012 9:33:05 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Why? I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. I don’t pretend to be either.

I left out some stuff for sure. I know all the stuff as you do. The good and the bad and the stuff we can’t know that’s between husband and wife. I don’t pretend to know that stuff. But that’s what the media is playing and it will hurt him. Whether we admit it or not. I also remember the Contract with America and how wonderful it was. I remember that Newt was the reason for Clinton’s domestic success. Welfare Reform, etc. But that’s not what’s playing in the media. That’s not what most Americans know.

We can’t make him some conservative icon, that doesn’t exist anyway, and ignore his human faults.


87 posted on 02/01/2012 9:50:59 PM PST by Twink
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To: Baynative

I will say it again and if it’s deleted again so be it.

Don’t you dare tell me about firefighters and cops and their families and 9-11 again. There are those of us who don’t fall for liberal meme and don’t expect anything from anyone. Least of all tickets to some event. Those of us who experienced the terrorist attack personally.

I guess the mod decided my post wasn’t apropos.


88 posted on 02/01/2012 10:05:15 PM PST by Twink
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To: writer33

Yet another hint as to where Mitt Romney’s true loyalties lie.


89 posted on 02/01/2012 10:07:56 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Twink
And the entire topic is BS. Liberal BS. Focus on his liberal record. It’s enough to turn people off.

Tell you what, you focus on the issues, and I'll focus on everything, even that stuff that plainly shows his lack of character, especially when it is true.
90 posted on 02/01/2012 10:16:13 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

I agree it’s true. So is the lack of “character” of the the frontrunner, Newt. I prefer to look at their votes, their record while in office. When I have to look at their personal lives, I do that too.

So tell you what, I will also focus on everything, personal and political, including character. The only candidate with any “character” is Santorum but he can’t win a primary or general. So we are left with Newt and Romney. Neither of whom is who I want for POTUS but I’ll probably vote for the nom as I did last time. Anyone is better than Obama or whomever is the Dem nom.


91 posted on 02/01/2012 10:36:41 PM PST by Twink
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To: Twink
I agree it’s true. So is the lack of “character” of the the frontrunner, Newt.

That is where you are wrong.

Romney's complete lack of character and morality is ongoing and current, as by the following:

1. Lying last week about Newt, even after the record was publicly aired proving him wrong
2. Still supporting his Socialist Healthcare, even with it's $50 dollar abortions.
3. Refusing to commit to re-instating DADT
4. Lying about always being Pro-Life.
5. Lying about being a conservative.


Newt's failures are in the past and he has publicly stated he has repented.

And your opinion about Santorum is fatally flawed, as is your statement concerning him being the only candidate with "character" (see above), he is a Big-Government, "Compassionate" conservative, which in the final analysis means he is half of a conservative.
92 posted on 02/01/2012 10:46:01 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Twink
Neither of whom is who I want for POTUS but I’ll probably vote for the nom as I did last time. Anyone is better than Obama or whomever is the Dem nom.

Congratulations!

For allowing yourself to be manipulated and abused by the GOP again.

This is why the GOP keeps foisting on conservatives a crap-sandwich, which is what the Liberal Romney is.

They know you won't hold true to your values and principles and will fold when they hold up the Democrat boogyman of the current election season.

They will continue to manipulate the system, and you, until you and others like you, get up off of your knees and stand firm against their totally non-conservative candidates.

Stand firm!

Get up and fight!

Don't surrender your principles, ethics, or values because of fear!

Let them compromise!

No Romney, not now, or in the general!

As Jim is wont to say:

Rebellion is brewing!

Join us or die!
93 posted on 02/01/2012 10:51:40 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: bayliving; kevao

Why should the widows and orphans of 9-11 get free tickets to the Olympics? Didn’t they already get sizable settlements from the government? What’s wrong with them paying for their own tickets, since they have the money? Why should we have more sympathy for these people than for the thousands of other victims of violent crime who get nothing from the government?

It made sense to give the tickets to the Utah politicians. The games were in UTAH, for crying out loud, not NYC.


94 posted on 02/02/2012 1:43:14 AM PST by dupree
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To: smoothsailing

No!


95 posted on 02/02/2012 5:00:31 AM PST by southphilly (boy am I ready for Jan 2013)
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To: Psalm 144

I couldn’t give you an actual percentage, but most Utah legislators are LDS.


96 posted on 02/02/2012 7:13:37 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: Deagle

He’s a democrat candidate in a Republican suit. Where have you been the last year. FR is an anti-Romney zone. Would you like to know why?


97 posted on 02/02/2012 7:21:28 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: gaijin

The LDS leaders chose for him, but given his connections -His uncle was a General Authority- and his standing as LDS royalty, he got a better mission than most and probably did have some say in it.


98 posted on 02/02/2012 7:29:11 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: dupree
It made sense to give the tickets to the Utah politicians.

Oh, really? What’s wrong with those politicians paying for their own tickets, since they have the money?

Look, if Romney wanted to pay for these politicians' tickets out of his own personal funds, then I have no problem with that. But those "free" tickets were paid by someone, and guess who that was -- we taxpayers!

99 posted on 02/02/2012 7:40:05 AM PST by kevao
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To: editor-surveyor

I get it. Your brain is like a gun. Guess you forgot to stock up on ammo.


100 posted on 02/02/2012 7:57:08 AM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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