Romney ripped by former aide to his father

I’ve always wondered what the late George Romney would think of his son’s candidacy for president.

We’ll never know, of course, but at least we have THIS ASSESSMENT from one of the old man’s former aides:

A longtime aide to George W. Romney issued a harshly worded critique of Mitt Romney, accusing him of shifting political positions in “erratic and startling ways” and failing to live up to the distinguished record of his father, the former governor of Michigan.

Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romney’s campaigns and served him as governor.”

“While it seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election,” he wrote, “George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life.”

Mr. De Vries’s stinging assessment was contained in a nearly 700-word essay that he distributed to a small group of journalists with whom he has spoken over the past year. He said it was an outline for a book that may or may not be published. A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign declined to comment.



  1. Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have, at this point, displayed such hypocrisy – and, such a mishandling and misunderstanding of the truth, that I fear them both profoundly negative examples for all Americans. Democrats and Republicans need to be able to live peacefully and work together – but we can’t do that with politicians like these two trying to play both sides, working the system, and lying in hope of getting as many votes as they can. Romney refusing to disclose his tax returns was the beginning (his father disclosed 12 and said it should be required of all President-hopefuls) but Ryan’s exposed stimulus fund requests (during the debate) when he admitted to the “two” letters he wrote Vice President asking for money for Wisconsin, only after being called out on it, are tell-tale. There were actually four (and are available online for anyone to read under the Freedom of Information Act). How about the excellent moderator in the Vice President debate who, kindly, offered Ryan the chance to clear up all the confusion over the Romney “tax plan” – and his refusal to do so? Taxes are of course what politicians plan to do with our hard earned money and so are clearly serious business for any citizen. For him to not be able to elaborate at all on any specifics; to refuse to offer any details on what, exactly, their plan is…is dangerous. And I don’t think that we need to go into the fact that he actually voted, on record, *against* American women being able to be paid at the same rate as men for doing the same work. That is just not American. It never was and it never will be. We must move forward. 

  2. Brian – It’s just hard for Ryan to explain malarkey.

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