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Mitt Romney's Fetish With Police Uniforms???

luvguins 2012/06/07 18:12:10
Oh, how Mitt and Ann Romney like to speak of and chuckle about what a prankster Mitt is, but most of the recipients like the kid whose hair was cut may not have been amused. Well,l now we have the latest quirk about the Ken doll, and his fellow students thought it was quite bizarre. Of course most states consider impersonating an police officer a felony, but when your Daddy is the governor that charge wouldn't happen especially when Dad even gave him the State Troopers uniform.

With reporting by Kyle Roerink

When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself as a police officer – a crime in many states, including Michigan and California, where he then lived. And he had the uniform on display as proof.


So recalls Robin Madden, who had also just arrived as a freshman, the startling incident began when Romney called him and two or three other residents into his room, saying, “Come up, I want to show you something.” When they entered Romney’s room, “and laid out on his bed was a Michigan State Trooper’s uniform.”


Madden, a native Texan who graduated from Stanford in 1970 and went on to become a successful television producer and writer, has never forgotten that strange moment, which he has recounted to friends over the years as he observed his former classmate’s political ascent. The National Memo learned of the incident from a longtime Madden friend to whom he had mentioned it years ago.


Said Madden in a recent interview, “He told us that he had gotten the uniform from his father,” George Romney, then the Governor of Michigan, whose security detail was staffed by uniformed troopers. “He told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler.”


In Madden’s recollection, confirmed by his wife Susan, who also attended Stanford during those years, “we thought it was all pretty weird. We all thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty creepy.’ And after that, we didn’t have much interaction with him,” although both Madden and Romney were prep school boys living in the same dorm, called Rinconada.


Other eyewitnesses have previously recalled Romney’s alleged use of a police or trooper uniform in pranks during his high school years at the exclusive Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


Phillip Maxwell, a prep school buddy, told the New Republic in 2008 that Romney had pulled over students from a girls school next door to Cranbrook while wearing a police uniform as a prank. Other former classmates described Mitt as a “happy-go-lucky guy known less for his achievements and more for his pranks.”


In The Real Romney, a biography published by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman this year, another former friend recalled how Romney had “put a siren on top of his car and chased two of his friends who were driving around with their dates.” The two friends were in on the scheme, but the girls were not. There was beer in the car trunk, according to a prearranged plan. Mitt told his two counterparts to get out of their vehicle and into his car. Then they drove off, leaving the girls behind.


“It was a terrible thing to do,” said one of his accomplices, a Cranbrook classmate named Graham McDonald.


To some observers, Romney’s alleged masquerading as a cop to intimidate innocent drivers shows a character defect that is also revealed by other bullying incidents during his youth. When those incidents were disclosed in the Washington Post earlier this year, Romney issued an apology of sorts, stating that he had done “stupid” things and was sorry if he had harmed anyone.


While he may have believed that his cop antics were harmless, Romney may well have been breaking the law merely by donning a police uniform, committing a crime if he pretended to be a cop and a felony if he did so more than once. In both California and Michigan, any person convicted of fraudulently impersonating a police officer may be sentenced to up to one year in prison. (The National Memo has collected some other examples of police impersonators.)


The Romney campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Following his sophomore year at Stanford, young Mitt left and never went back. For more than two years he served as a Mormon missionary in France — thus avoiding the obligation to wear a very different uniform in Vietnam.

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  • Keeping It Real 2012/06/07 18:38:25 (edited)
    Keeping It Real
    +17
    I heard about the coward fantasy with uniforms and illegal activity while in them. There truly is a pattern as it relates to this man which is he lacks compassion, etc..

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  • jeane luvguins 2012/06/15 03:22:01
    jeane
    Well I guess he and Maher have toned things down a bit.
  • luvguins jeane 2012/06/15 03:26:56
    luvguins
    But Rush is the face of the Republican party. Rush Limbaugh cartoons
  • jeane luvguins 2012/06/15 03:28:06
    jeane
    That is his privilege.
  • luvguins jeane 2012/06/15 03:34:09
    luvguins
    Calling nuns feminazis does not make the party look good then. It is because they don't like Ryan's budget.
  • jeane luvguins 2012/06/15 03:36:12
    jeane
    Then you need to inform Rush of that Luv.
  • luvguins jeane 2012/06/15 03:45:32
    luvguins
    I'll await karma for Rush.
  • jeane luvguins 2012/06/15 13:27:29
    jeane
    I await the DAY OF THE LORD for all.
  • luvguins jeane 2012/06/15 15:08:06
    luvguins
    Karma works faster right on earth.
  • jeane luvguins 2012/06/15 22:25:36 (edited)
    jeane
    The Earth is the Lord's and we will all answer for our lives.
  • luvguins jeane 2012/06/15 22:51:49
    luvguins
    LOL.
  • jeane Mr. Smith 2012/06/13 22:42:59
    jeane
    +1
    Well stated! lady bowing
  • luvguins Mr. Smith 2012/06/17 01:48:23 (edited)
    luvguins
    Unemployment was 7.3% when Bush exited. The Democratic Congress had no control over his 2 wars and Medicare D unfunded and slated to go on into perpetuity, nor the tax rates bringing in less revenue. 1/2 of the 3 million jobs Bush created were lost the first 3 months of Obama's term. Now you want Obama to take responsibility for Bush's 8 years of failure.
  • jeane Mr. Smith 2012/06/13 22:41:52
    jeane
    +1
    They don't get it. After Wisconsin they all must make themselves feel better.
  • jeane Mr. Smith 2012/06/13 23:28:55
    jeane
    +1
    Come on Mr. Smith you know they can't talk about the economy!
  • Mr. Smith jeane 2012/06/14 00:43:48
    Mr. Smith
    +1
    I know, but it's fun to watch them try!
  • meme14 2012/06/08 03:10:18 (edited)
    meme14
    +1
    Who does that? - strange - reminds me of the type to own a police scanner, chase sirens, contemplate arson, make citizens arrests when people jay walk and in general just get 'excited' when they see any flashing lights -
  • Huntclan 2012/06/08 02:11:58
    Huntclan
    +1
    Policeman Romney should have run into young doper Obama and had him arrested for a crime that is illegal in "every" State (all 57 of them).

    obama choom drugs
  • KCurtis 2012/06/08 01:58:08
  • Uranos7 2012/06/08 00:56:05
    Uranos7
    +3
    All the story has are a few people, but no actual proof. But, then, proof is never needed when attempting to smear a Republican. And, heck, sometimes they just make it up (see: Dan Rather. Mary Mapes. CBS News). Good thing Romney hasn’t admitted to doing coke and smoking marijuana, two serious violations of the law. If any candidate did that, they media would be all over them.
    In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eating green eggs and ham. As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van,” he would smoke “in the dorm room of some brother” and he would smoke “on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids.”

    He would smoke it here and there. He would smoke it anywhere.
    Obama druggy
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/06/07 23:18:27 (edited)
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +8
    Weird and creepy.

    Weird and creepy Romney
  • Lulu's Mom CAROLYN... 2012/06/07 23:29:23
    Lulu's Mom
    +6
    He is weird and creepy!
  • CAROLYN... Lulu's Mom 2012/06/07 23:39:35
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +8
    Behind every wonderbread boy lurks a very odd man.lol

    White romney
  • Uranos7 CAROLYN... 2012/06/08 01:15:31
    Uranos7
    +1
    Obama racist voter
    But white's are not staking out the voting places refusing access to blacks, that would be racist, but evidently it is not racist for blacks to deny white voters their right to vote.
  • CAROLYN... Uranos7 2012/06/08 01:22:55 (edited)
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +7
    Dream on and quite frankly,I get tired of seeing the same three black panther pics.
    No,Republicans are much worse by using illegal tactics to try to purge the legal voters of the list.
  • Uranos7 CAROLYN... 2012/06/08 07:53:23
    Uranos7
    +2
    Not using illegal tactics to purge actual voters but getting rid of the ghosts and illegal aliens added to the voter lists by democrats using the dead and those here illegally to bolster their ranks.
    dead voters
  • luvguins Uranos7 2012/06/08 14:30:08
    luvguins
    +5
    There is so little voter fraud that you righties are hilarious. Keep embarassing yourselves though.
  • Uranos7 luvguins 2012/06/12 01:59:16
    Uranos7
    +1
    If it is of no consequence to you then you should not mind getting rid of that small amount then, unless you are afraid it will hurt your chances to not have that little bit.
  • CAROLYN... Uranos7 2012/06/09 13:44:02
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +4
    BS and nothing to prove your point.
  • Uranos7 CAROLYN... 2012/06/12 01:59:33
    Uranos7
    +1
    Ditto.
  • CAROLYN... Uranos7 2012/06/12 02:05:31
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +2
    Prove it!
  • jeane CAROLYN... 2012/06/13 22:45:35
    jeane
    If I were you I wouldn't want to see that picture either.
  • Sir Bud. CAROLYN... 2012/06/13 23:12:27
    Sir Bud.
    +1
    Its the only ones they have.
  • CAROLYN... Sir Bud. 2012/06/14 01:44:04
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    I know,lol.
  • sbtbill Uranos7 2012/06/08 04:00:35
    sbtbill
    +2
    Are there any whites who claim to have been excluded who were supposed to vote in that precinct?
  • Uranos7 sbtbill 2012/06/08 08:10:24
    Uranos7
    +1
    In a nutshell, here’s what happened, according to numerous media accounts: On Election Day, Nov. 4, 2008, the New Black Panther Party sent 300 members to polling places across Philadelphia.
    At one location, Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz, carrying a nightstick, stood outside dressed in black, official-looking garb. The two were accused of making intimidating remarks to voters, both black and white.
    A YouTube video at http://tinyurl.com/58vcrg shows the scene outside the polling place. When the cameraman asks who the two men are, one answers, “Security.”
    Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/...

    On July 6, 2010, former DOJ official J. Christian Adams testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that attorneys in the civil rights division were instructed to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims. Adams said that “over and over and over again,” the department showed “hostility” toward those cases, including the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.
    The Bush Justice Department brought the first case against three members of the group, accusing them in a civil complaint of violating the Voter Rights Act. The Obama administration initially pursued the case, winning a default judgment in federal court in April 2009 when the ...


    In a nutshell, here’s what happened, according to numerous media accounts: On Election Day, Nov. 4, 2008, the New Black Panther Party sent 300 members to polling places across Philadelphia.
    At one location, Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz, carrying a nightstick, stood outside dressed in black, official-looking garb. The two were accused of making intimidating remarks to voters, both black and white.
    A YouTube video at http://tinyurl.com/58vcrg shows the scene outside the polling place. When the cameraman asks who the two men are, one answers, “Security.”
    Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/...

    On July 6, 2010, former DOJ official J. Christian Adams testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that attorneys in the civil rights division were instructed to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims. Adams said that “over and over and over again,” the department showed “hostility” toward those cases, including the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.
    The Bush Justice Department brought the first case against three members of the group, accusing them in a civil complaint of violating the Voter Rights Act. The Obama administration initially pursued the case, winning a default judgment in federal court in April 2009 when the Black Panther members did not appear in court. But then the administration moved to dismiss the charges the following month after getting one of the New Black Panther members to agree to not carry a "deadly weapon" near a polling place until 2012.
    Now imagine instead of NBP standing at the polls their were KKK members dressed in their robes.
    Can you HONESTLY say that black people would not feel intimidated?
    Sure they would and so would some white people just as they are with NBP standing there holding a nightstick.
    (more)
  • Smitten... Uranos7 2012/06/09 13:26:12
  • luvguins Smitten... 2012/06/09 15:46:41
    luvguins
    +3
    Whoa, good research, Smitten. More serious too.
  • Smitten... luvguins 2012/06/09 16:27:39
  • Uranos7 Smitten... 2012/06/12 02:12:25
    Uranos7
    +1
    1) two wrongs do not make a right.
    2) they were legally 75 feet away from the polling place NBP was not.
    3) they were 3 men outside 1 polling place whearas NBP was at several throughout the nation.
    4) if you read the link you provided you would have seen that Bush did but Obama dropped the charges even after the defendant failed to appear in court.
  • Smitten... Uranos7 2012/06/12 02:58:17

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