"The 58-year-old businessman, son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, has spent less than three years in elective office, but in that time the state has closed a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, schools have scored first in national math and science tests and Romney held out until the Legislature gave him a tough new drunken driving law he demanded."
Rescued a 14 year old NYC girl: (Click link above for full story)
Rescued a large business: "By 1990, Bain & Co., the mother ship, was in dire straits because of excess debt. Founder William Bain asked Romney to return to the company as interim CEO to straighten things out. Romney tightened expenses, renegotiated loans, and improved morale. He returned the company to profitability within a year, before returning to lead Bain Capital."
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Rescued the 2002 Olympics: "leaders approached Romney about taking over the scandal-ridden 2002 Winter Olympics... the Salt Lake Olympics Organizing Committee (SLOC) had a projected shortfall of $397 million."
"With Romney at the helm, the games ended with a surplus of $56 million. The surplus money went to fund future Olympics."
Rescued government: (from enormous debt) "Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 on a platform of fiscal conservatism, promising to erase the state's $3 billion deficit. As the new governor, Romney consolidated state agencies, cut employees, and closed what he called loopholes in the corporate tax code. He also tackled the most difficult public policy issue of all, health insurance."
"After raising $37 million in startup funds, Romney founded Bain Capital" (sister firm to Bain & Co.) In addition to Staples, "Bain Capital went on to help launch or acquire Domino's Pizza, Sealy, Brookstone, and The Sports Authority... Bain Capital now manages $40 billion."
"Romney emphasizes four priorities if elected president: defeating the jihadists, competing with Asia, stopping runaway spending, and affirming America's culture and values." He wants "more money devoted to stopping the next terrorist plot through additional funding for the FBI and CIA. ... The FBI has only about 4,000 agents working counterterrorism, compared to New York City's 40,000 police officers." MORE ON ANTI-TERRORISM PLATFORM & RECORD »
References a sampling of Governor Romney's actions:
"Gay rights advocates also want the next governor to push for a repeal of a 1913 state law that Governor Mitt Romney used to block residents of states that prohibit gay marriage from marrying in Massachusetts. In March, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the law as constitutional, a blow to gay rights advocates."
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"The next governor will have the opportunity to continue, or revoke, an agreement the Romney administration has been seeking with the federal [government, an] agreement that would allow the State Police to arrest undocumented immigrants who are in Massachusetts illegally." (Shortly later the agreement was finalized after 6 months effort.)
"Also certain to resurface in the Legislature is a bill that would provide in-state tuition rates at public colleges to undocumented immigrants. Lawmakers approved the tuition measure last year, but Romney vetoed it and an attempted override failed in the House in January." MORE ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES RECORD »
"Romney pledged to not change the state's abortion laws, which some abortion rights advocates interpreted as a sign he supported their position. He has since declared himself an abortion opponent, and the abortion rights advocates now say they want the next governor to speak out on the issue boldly."
"The next governor will also face pressure to address a Romney administration program that funnels about $800,000 annually into abstinence-only sex education lessons in public schools."
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On Governor Romney's efforts against corruption and cronyism:
"Romney specifically aimed to overhaul the sprawling human services system, a court network beset by legislative meddling, and the 29-campus higher education system...
"Romney's efforts ultimately forced out [University of Massachusetts] President William M. Bulger, the former state Senate president... Bulger enjoyed support among Democrats on Beacon Hill but little with the general public, weakened as he was by embarrassing disclosures about his contact with his brother, fugitive mobster James ''Whitey'' Bulger, who was accused of 19 murders... It was a triumph for Romney and his outsider politics...
"Romney's obsession with maintaining a pure image annoyed many Beacon Hill regulars [State Legislatures], but it produced an administration that was virtually scandal free and restrained in the exercise of patronage...
"Much later, Romney rebuffed requests that he appoint Brian P. Lees, the Republican leader in the Senate, to the open job of clerk-magistrate of Springfield District Court.
" ''I wanted to change the environment in Massachusetts from one of patronage to one of people getting jobs on the merit, and I didn't feel like I could make an appointment based on the fact that somebody was the minority leader of my party,'' Romney said in an interview.
"Romney also sanitized the judicial selection process, requiring the nominating panel to conduct an initial blind review of candidates without knowing their names, gender, or references.
" ''The review process was completely apolitical,'' said Ralph C. Martin II, who chaired the Judicial Nominating Commission for half of Romney's term. A July 2005 review by the Boston Globe of Romney's judicial picks detected no philosophical or partisan pattern."
Gov. Romney also rejected nepotism- When someone suggested his son could get a post, he immediately quashed the idea:My Dinner With Mitt.
The Big Dig: After a wall cracked and thousands of gallons poured into a highway tunnel and the head of that agency claimed the agency was unaware of any potential problems, but it was revealed that the agency knew of that problem for years and was asked to address the problem, Gov. Romney asked that agency head, "a former Republican state senator" who was appointed before Governor Romney entered office, to resign. Romney had worked to have the agency, which was outside his jurisdiction, and "has been plagued by accusations of patronage, fraud and excess", "folded into the State Transportation Department" so he could clean it up, which occurred in 2007.
"It may be that this tale from Massachusetts reveals what kind of President Romney could be. ''He was incredibly impressive, with his intellect, his ability,'' says MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, a Democrat who advised Romney... ''If there is anything that qualifies him to be President of the United States, it is his leadership on this issue.''
"Comparatively speaking, the health-care situation in Massachusetts wasn't all that dire when Romney took office... But with a third of the state budget going toward health care, the sheer inefficiency of treating the sore throats of the uninsured in emergency rooms didn't sit well with the businessman in Romney...
"Meanwhile, religious groups and health-care advocates were pushing their solution: a liberal universal-health-care ballot initiative that would raise taxes. And the picture was about to get significantly worse: Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson was threatening to take away $385 million a year in Medicaid money. The more the Governor thought about health care, the more intrigued he became by the idea of making it work better.
"That whiff of a challenge was reinforced by the stories Romney heard as he traveled the state. After talking to a jeweler in North Andover, a man about his age, Romney remembers thinking, ''Gosh, he's 55. He could have a heart attack. He could get cancer. He's got his own business, but he doesn't have health insurance? How can this be?''...
"When they considered the situation as if it were a business-school case study, some simple steps became clear...
"In November 2004, ... Romney was finally ready to go public with the beginnings of a plan. As it evolved, it became a proposal to achieve an end that liberals had long dreamed of, but through conservative means: creating more competition in the private-insurance marketplace and insisting that Massachusetts citizens take personal responsibility for their own coverage. ''From the minute you heard him articulate it, you knew this was a new concept in American health-care policy,'' says Robert Blendon, a Harvard University professor of health policy. ''It was a very different way of talking about coverage, and he was very articulate in framing it.''...
"The bill that emerged from the legislature two weeks later was different in many respects from what Romney had initially proposed... There were far too many requirements placed on insurance companies for Romney's tastes, and he used his line-item veto on the bill's stipulation that employers who don't cover their workers pay $295 per employee each year into a fund to subsidize coverage. The lawmakers easily overrode it".