Earlier this month, this made some news: Mitt Romney invested in company that disposed of aborted fetuses, challenge his claim he left Bain in early 1999. In that post I cited David Corn writing the following:
But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. … But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney’s exit from Bain.
The Stericycle deal—the abortion connection aside—is relevant because of questions regarding the timing of Romney’s departure from the private equity firm he founded.
There they are, those pesky questions about Willard’s own account of when he left Bain Capital. And now there are more. TPM is reporting “more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999.” And as they point out, “what you tell the SEC is really supposed to be true.”
Key words: “Supposed to be.” One would assume that if Willard told the SEC something, he was telling them the truth. One would assume. Especially since it would be documented.
As David Corn reported, Mitt was still active at Bain after 1999. Team Willard maintains that he was running the 2002 Winter Olympics, so he really wasn’t doing anything of note at Bain after early 1999. That’s been the campaign’s stock answer to all sorts of questions about his involvement with Bain Capital.
But TPM links to two SEC filings “in which Romney lists his ‘principal occupation’ as ‘Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.’” and asks:
But absent of any evidence, how is it that anyone can be expected to disregard what Mitt actually told the SEC at the time?
See, Willard, if you’d just release your tax returns, we might get some real answers instead of the tap dance you continue to do. And maybe if you’d be forthcoming once in awhile, people would start believing what you say. That would really be novel. And unlikely.
How can anyone trust this guy or want him for their presidential candidate when he acts so unpresidential? He constantly lies, Etch A Sketches, and avoids answering questions? If he’s this shady now, imagine how he’d be if he managed to cheat and lie his way into the White House.