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Willard’s Massachusetts coverup

It’s actually hard to make the argument that anything could make Mitt Romney look worse, so lets just say that the latest revelation about his preemptive coverup of his record in Massachusetts is getting even more interesting. I give him credit for the gambit, by the way. Most politicians wait until they’re accused of something before they start covering it up, but Willard realized that by that time it’s too late.

As most people know, at the end of Romney’s tenure in Massachusetts, when he declined to face the voters wrath and seek a second term, his aides all developed a strange yet burning desire to own the hard drives in their state computers. Not the computers mind you, just the hard drives.

Turns out that there were some other computer shenanigans going on.

Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.

The move during the final weeks of Romney’s administration was legal but unusual for a departing governor, Massachusetts officials say.

The cleanup of records by Romney’s staff before his term ended included spending $205,000 for a three-year lease on new computers for the governor’s office, according to official documents and state officials.

In signing the lease, Romney aides broke an earlier three-year lease that provided the same number of computers for about half the cost – $108,000. Lease documents obtained by Reuters under the state’s freedom of information law indicate that the broken lease still had 18 months to run.

As a result of the change in leases, the cost to the state for computers in the governor’s office was an additional $97,000.

The article doesn’t say whether the computers in question contained the hard drives that the governor’s lackeys were so anxious to purchase. If they did, then one must ask how the state was in a position to sell portions of leased equipment, and whether the sale of the hard drives is what led to the termination of the old lease.

You have to wonder, too, whether the computer deal is an example of Romney’s much touted business acumen at work and whether we can expect more deals like this should he become president. The deal was good for business, or one business, at least, but not so good for the state. A great deal for Romney too, who got to show his contempt for the people of Massachusetts and make them pay for his pleasure.

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