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LIVE reporting from Gloria Allred's Court Action in Canton MA
David S. Bernstein of The Phoenix Live blogging from court ^ | 10-24-2012 | David S. Bernstein

Posted on 10/24/2012 6:32:42 AM PDT by icwhatudo

Gloria Allred & client arrive in Canton MA

Client is Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg.

Allred & Boston Globe are moving to remove gag order on Stemberg Sullivan, and release Mitt Romney testimony.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: allred; chicagomobvsprivacy; its4thechildren; obamasop; octobersurprise; romney
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To: Heff
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51 posted on 10/24/2012 7:07:26 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: montag813
"They heard that Romney backs Sternberg’s character, in the face of accusations of spousal battery by the ex-wife. She clearly told Allred this, or else Gloria would not have made the trip to Boston."

LOL. I wonder if the ex-wife lied to Allred to gin up publicity over her vendetta against ex-hubby and maybe re-open the case. One shark eating another. That would be delicious.

52 posted on 10/24/2012 7:07:38 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Lazamataz

Then she and Aldred will be sued into utter devestation. They will need to sell body parts to eat a lunch.


Maybe, but the damage would already be done to a good man. How does Mitt Romney get his good name back if these animals get their way?


53 posted on 10/24/2012 7:08:34 AM PDT by NewJerseyGOP
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To: circlecity

I agree that this is likely nothing but in the eyes of a desperate O campaign and MSM hungry for anything on Romney they will use this as fodder for the next two weeks showing Romney as anti-woman. How many divorced women are out there who feel wronged, didn’t get the alimony/support they wanted and are bitter and now look to the government for help. These women are who the O campaign is after and this fits their narrative of Romney being anti-woman. Even just going to court this morning will allow them to cast him in this light even though it is not true.


54 posted on 10/24/2012 7:08:37 AM PDT by MissH
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To: maggief

David S. Bernstein @dbernstein

Allred has Romney’s testimony, in two volumes, submits to the court.


55 posted on 10/24/2012 7:08:56 AM PDT by maggief
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To: All
This woman is disgusting. (not Allred, we already know this)

She's clearly looking to cash in on her divorce and use her familiarity with Mitt for her financial gain. How can any judge allow this to happen?

56 posted on 10/24/2012 7:09:30 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: montag813

They are..this is a cosmetic statement..


57 posted on 10/24/2012 7:09:30 AM PDT by ken5050 (Another reason to vote for Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the WH Christmas party)
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To: icwhatudo

Isn’t this interesting? Allred ‘bombshell’ is about a divorce and Trumt’s bombshell is allegedly about Obama’s ‘divorce’,,,are these two situations related? What timing!


58 posted on 10/24/2012 7:10:05 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Doc Savage
Why is gloria wearing a mop on head?????????

James Trafficant is giving her hair coiffure advice.

59 posted on 10/24/2012 7:10:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: montag813
"They heard that Romney backs Sternberg’s character, in the face of accusations of spousal battery by the ex-wife."

The trouble with this theory is that if Romeny also acted as a fact witness as to ex-hubby's character it would kill his credibility as an objective expert on the issue of valuation. The two areas are at odds with each other and no competent attorney would use a single witness in this fashion.

60 posted on 10/24/2012 7:10:24 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Daveinyork
COULTER: Obama's Signature Move: Unsealing Private Records
Aug 1, 2012
”……………………………………Let's take a romp down memory lane and review the typical Obama campaign strategy. Obama became a U.S. senator only by virtue of David Axelrod's former employer, the Chicago Tribune, ripping open the sealed divorce records of Obama's two principal opponents.

One month before the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, Obama was down in the polls, about to lose to Blair Hull, a multimillionaire securities trader. But then the Chicago Tribune leaked the claim that Hull's second ex-wife, Brenda Sexton, had sought an order of protection against him during their 1998 divorce proceedings.

Those records were under seal, but as The New York Times noted: "The Tribune reporter who wrote the original piece later acknowledged in print that the Obama camp had 'worked aggressively behind the scenes' to push the story." Many people said Axelrod had "an even more significant role -- that he leaked the initial story."

Both Hull and his ex-wife opposed releasing their sealed divorce records, but they finally relented in response to the media's hysteria -- 18 days before the primary. Hull was forced to spend four minutes of a debate detailing the abuse allegation in his divorce papers, explaining that his ex-wife "kicked me in the leg and I hit her shin to try to get her to not continue to kick me."

After having held a substantial lead just a month before the primary, Hull's campaign collapsed with the chatter about his divorce. Obama sailed to the front of the pack and won the primary. Hull finished third with 10 percent of the vote.

As luck would have it, Obama's opponent in the general election had also been divorced! Jack Ryan was tall, handsome, Catholic -- and shared a name with one of Harrison Ford's most popular onscreen characters! He went to Dartmouth, Harvard Law and Harvard Business School, made hundreds of millions of dollars as a partner at Goldman Sachs, and then, in his early 40s, left investment banking to teach at an inner city school on the South Side of Chicago.

Ryan would have walloped Obama in the Senate race. But at the request of -- again -- the Chicago Tribune, California Judge Robert Schnider unsealed the custody papers in Ryan's divorce five years earlier from Hollywood starlet Jeri Lynn Ryan, the bombshell Borg on "Star Trek: Voyager."

Jack Ryan had released his tax records. He had released his divorce records. But both he and his ex-wife sought to keep the custody records under seal to protect their son……………………………..”


61 posted on 10/24/2012 7:11:35 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen
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To: wolfman23601
Remember, this was before Staples went public and the Romney camp is saying his testimony covers the value of Staples. My guess is she will claim Romney undervalued the company in his testimony and her client walked off with thousands while her husband walked off with millions. Just my personal speculation of where she is going with this.

She got a half million Staples shares in the settlement of which she sold a bunch cheap before Staples went public. Her take from the shares was estimated at $5 million. She subsequently spent $4 million of it on lawyers over the years trying to get more and defending against a defamation suit from the ex husband.

62 posted on 10/24/2012 7:11:36 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: NewJerseyGOP

Simple. He goes on national TV in advertisements, vigorously denies any allegation, presents counter evidence about the testimony, and promises a devastating lawsuit, whatever the outcome of the election .... “... Because is it time for some people to learn that they cannot lie about others and face no consequences.”


63 posted on 10/24/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: maggief

OK - so Allred has the testimony, she gets denied today and the juicy parts magically show up in the press anyhow. By that time Allred is safely back in CA, far far away from a contempt of court citation.

There are no secrets in America anymore (unless you’re Obama).


64 posted on 10/24/2012 7:15:07 AM PDT by PaForBush
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To: icwhatudo

This is so wrong! You just can’t make things up to smear people politically.. You can’t just say things like Barney Frank’s apartment used for male prostitution.


65 posted on 10/24/2012 7:16:06 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Vote Obama for national suicide)
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To: maggief

How does she have that testimony if it was sealed by the court? She should be held in contempt.


66 posted on 10/24/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT by Ironfocus (O Must Go)
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To: PaForBush

It could end up in media, but then Allred is the source since it is likely the court records no longer exist.

++++++++++++++++++

David S. Bernstein @dbernstein

Judge will allow pool media — but don’t go to your TV yet, Staples wants a continuance to review the Romney testimony.


67 posted on 10/24/2012 7:18:09 AM PDT by maggief
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To: damper99

No, duh. She wears Allred.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


68 posted on 10/24/2012 7:18:59 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Lazamataz
There is quite a few posters on these threads related to this story that have sign-up dates of 2000. I am wondering if there is a way to fudge the sign-up dates when joining this site, as some of these posters name I have never seen on here before..hmmm....
69 posted on 10/24/2012 7:19:26 AM PDT by hotsteppa
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To: icwhatudo

Her ex left this woman 20 years ago with 5 million and now she can’t afford her 5K a month apartment

She even had to give away her dog

Mitt, you heartless bastard (SARC)


70 posted on 10/24/2012 7:19:56 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Ironfocus

Her client has it?? She’s shopped this story for years and years.


71 posted on 10/24/2012 7:20:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: PaForBush

A PAC should tell the story of Obama’s steps in his career advancement.

He got where he is by kicking opponents off the ballot.


72 posted on 10/24/2012 7:20:11 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: icwhatudo

Gloria Allred you are a disgrace to all women!


73 posted on 10/24/2012 7:20:20 AM PDT by coconut47
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To: maggief

Judge says “an election coming” is not an emergency that should rush someone’s (Tom #Stemberg) due process rights.

That sounds promising...

Boston Globe is pushing hard. Court in recess so that Staples attorneys can look over Romney testimony. Staples attorneys have asked for continuance at later date.


74 posted on 10/24/2012 7:21:08 AM PDT by Ironfocus (O Must Go)
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To: Biggirl

People are missing the big picture. It is working! There will be no talk of the emails stating the wh knew this was a terrorist attack 2 hrs after it happened.(reuters)


75 posted on 10/24/2012 7:21:37 AM PDT by italianquaker (The 47 pct need to pay their fair share)
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To: Heff
Gloria is vile disgusting pig.

Agreed and with your permission I wish to modify to read, Gloria is a vile disgusting sow.

76 posted on 10/24/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT by varon (The clouds are beginning to part........)
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To: Ironfocus
‏@BreeSison Staples preference is for a delay until Friday to look at testimony. #Romney attorney actually wants it to be taken care of tomorrow.
77 posted on 10/24/2012 7:24:50 AM PDT by Ironfocus (O Must Go)
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To: icwhatudo
"Yes! That monster, Romney, was running the company when my husband divorced me! Romney is evil and hates women!"
78 posted on 10/24/2012 7:25:18 AM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: italianquaker

They will also miss that the dead Ambassador’s purpose in Benghazi was to funnel armament to Jihadists’ in Syria. The compound was likely a storage area for weapons bound for Syria.


79 posted on 10/24/2012 7:25:27 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: hotsteppa
as some of these posters name I have never seen on here before..hmmm....

(chuckles) I've never seen your name before - noob!

8^)

80 posted on 10/24/2012 7:26:48 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Doc Savage
Traficant lent her his hair while he was in prison. He's still trying to get it back...


81 posted on 10/24/2012 7:26:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: Ironfocus

HAHAHAHAHA!

Bree Sison @BreeSison

Allred asks #Stemberg’s attorney to provide any transcripts of #Romney testimony in his possession. #Romney #wbz


82 posted on 10/24/2012 7:27:04 AM PDT by maggief
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To: icwhatudo

This is exactly how Obama became Senator from IL. He had a judge open the sealed divorce records of Obama’s opponent. This ought to be aired on Rush, Hannity, O’Reilly and Levin the minute it happens.

There is no such thing as “sealed” legal affairs when dealing with the Chicago Democrat Mafia.


83 posted on 10/24/2012 7:27:42 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: maggief

I know. I hope he tells her to stop fishing and go back to Cali.


84 posted on 10/24/2012 7:28:02 AM PDT by Ironfocus (O Must Go)
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To: Raycpa

If Romney provided financial information about Staples it wasn’t because Stemberg was his close friend. It was because Bain was the big investor in the founding of Staples. Business, not friendship.

The big deal here is that Obama is - for the third time - getting sealed divorce records unsealed to help him get elected.


85 posted on 10/24/2012 7:29:35 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Ironfocus

So what makes the news tonight. This or the 400 e-mails from Benghazi?


86 posted on 10/24/2012 7:30:14 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: txrefugee

Note that Romney’s lawyer doesn’t object to his testimony being out there. Just another sign of a stand-up guy. Nothing to hide. That’s transparency. Something Obama can’t possibly match.


87 posted on 10/24/2012 7:30:26 AM PDT by cschroe (Veritas est lux)
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To: damper99
Does this woman own any other color jacket?

In many instances, the devil is depicted as wearing red. Heh.

88 posted on 10/24/2012 7:30:41 AM PDT by mplsconservative ($7.75 for a block of Velveeta cheese? Let's have an anti-Obama grilled cheese revolt!)
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To: Ironfocus

So Romney’s attorney wants it settled tomorrow and Allred responds by fishing for more info?

Pathetic.

David S. Bernstein @dbernstein

Continued to tmw


89 posted on 10/24/2012 7:30:49 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Lazamataz

GMTA (didn’t see your post until afterward):

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2949409/posts?page=81#81


90 posted on 10/24/2012 7:31:24 AM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: dforest
Karen Kraushaar's tale against Herman Cain showed up almost immediately in the Huffington Post with many more details than the sorry piece in Politico.

So, who's she? Well, she works (or worked at the time of the complaint with Allred) in the Treasury Department IG's shop.

Earlier she'd been the ICE spokeslady for the Elian kidnapping ~ and seemed quite happy to be doing that chore for Fidel Castro and his crowd.

Along the way she claims she encountered Herman Cain ~ but she did something quite early in her life that I found to be startling. She bought a new home in my community in her then infant son's name.

Hmmmm. Sounds very cloak and daggerish ~ when you do that and somebody is trying to track you down 20 years later they'll never find where you live since that's in your kids' name ~ not yours ~ and even your phone number is going to be one that only your boss knows.

This relationship with Gloria Allred and Fidel Castro's intrigues suggests that she, and probably Gloria, are sleeper agents who come out to do Castro's bidding whenever that seems useful ~ or maybe not Castro, but Putin, or the top Chicom ~ whatever ~ people like that.

So here's this guy's ex-wife writing for Huffington Post herself, and being buddy buddies with Gloria Allred and all that crowd of spies and double agents for tinpot communist dictators ~ and I'd say her exhusband was lucky to dump her!

Frankly I don't like Romney this close to trashy people like this but that could just be the luck of the draw ~ we'll have to watch his nominees for federal appointments just that much closer.

91 posted on 10/24/2012 7:33:37 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: silverleaf
Yep, that's what this is about: Allred wants to put this woman on parade as a victim of her Ex and of Romney by association: she's trying to swing the women's vote to Obama.

Gloria Allred and a TV camera are not easily parted.

92 posted on 10/24/2012 7:34:13 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: dforest
Karen Kraushaar's tale against Herman Cain showed up almost immediately in the Huffington Post with many more details than the sorry piece in Politico.

So, who's she? Well, she works (or worked at the time of the complaint with Allred) in the Treasury Department IG's shop.

Earlier she'd been the ICE spokeslady for the Elian kidnapping ~ and seemed quite happy to be doing that chore for Fidel Castro and his crowd.

Along the way she claims she encountered Herman Cain ~ but she did something quite early in her life that I found to be startling. She bought a new home in my community in her then infant son's name.

Hmmmm. Sounds very cloak and daggerish ~ when you do that and somebody is trying to track you down 20 years later they'll never find where you live since that's in your kids' name ~ not yours ~ and even your phone number is going to be one that only your boss knows.

This relationship with Gloria Allred and Fidel Castro's intrigues suggests that she, and probably Gloria, are sleeper agents who come out to do Castro's bidding whenever that seems useful ~ or maybe not Castro, but Putin, or the top Chicom ~ whatever ~ people like that.

So here's this guy's ex-wife writing for Huffington Post herself, and being buddy buddies with Gloria Allred and all that crowd of spies and double agents for tinpot communist dictators ~ and I'd say her exhusband was lucky to dump her!

Frankly I don't like Romney this close to trashy people like this but that could just be the luck of the draw ~ we'll have to watch his nominees for federal appointments just that much closer.

93 posted on 10/24/2012 7:34:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cschroe

Yes, it seems that Romney just wants to get the proceedings done with so it doesn’t distract from the campaigns message and momentum. I don’t sense fear the Romney atty has any fear of what’s in the docs, but rather the circus and speculation that will happen if the case is delayed. Rumor reported as fact on MSDNC and CNN and all that stuff.


94 posted on 10/24/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: icwhatudo

I was through a divorce 12 years ago and I had a court order to seal the papers. IMHO, it is none of the public’s business to know what kind of assets I have or what happened during the divorce.


95 posted on 10/24/2012 7:35:31 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: riri

This is what it boils down to: Allred got involved because of the perceived ‘injustice’ by the former wife. In the divorce, she got: the equity in the couple’s $700,000 Dedham house, some $100,000 in furnishings, 500,000 shares of Staples stock (worth roughly $13 million), $32,000-a-year in alimony, $24,000 in annual child support and other benefits.

According to an article in the Boston Globe in 2005, Maureen received nearly 500,000 shares of Staples stock in the divorce ... but sold half her shares before the company went public. The ex wife alleges that her attorneys advised her to sell the shares in order to pay her legal bills (she sued them and stated that verbatim). She made the decision to sell the shares before the IPO, which set the shares at $19.50 instead of the $2.00 they were worth at the time of the divorce. She made the bad decision based on her lawyer’s advice, not Romney’s advice - who had testified as to the value of Staples in the divorce proceedings.

Allred states that Mitt offered false testimony when he stated the value. WHich is BS - I’ve seen companies jump from $1.00 to $23.00 in a matter of hours, let alone over the course of years when they are building value and working toward an IPO.

Basically, the wife wants more money and Allred sees the caveat as the opportunity to smear Romney over nothing.


96 posted on 10/24/2012 7:35:35 AM PDT by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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To: Raycpa

No, I think that the angle is going to be that Romney testified to a very low value of Staples and cheated the woman out of a big divorce settlement. I bet she is going to claim that Romney was a friend of her husband’s or that Romney somehow benefited personally.


97 posted on 10/24/2012 7:37:51 AM PDT by Eva (Obama and Hillary lied, Americans diedI)
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To: icwhatudo

I never cared for Gloria Allred. I mean come on her name is ALL...RED... Pretty colors if you like being a communist.


98 posted on 10/24/2012 7:38:11 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: The Hound Passer

Romney may not care about the docs being unsealed, but the guy who was actually a party to the divorce appears to. And his concerns would seem to take precedence.


99 posted on 10/24/2012 7:38:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: icwhatudo

From what we’ve seen it looks like Allred is trying to smear by association. Could be some ugly stuff in the Docs, but not on Romney’s part. But they’ll try to tie Stemberg to Romney since Staples has been a big part of the Romney/Bain success story. Cheap shot. Don’t know if it will play w/ women or not. I could see them doing the faux “boys club” thing to turn women off.


100 posted on 10/24/2012 7:39:36 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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