While the Washington Post is digging around 1965 for dirt on Romney, here’s a story from 1996 of Romney closing down his company, Bain, to help find a 14-year-old girl lost in NYC that is sure to reflect more on the man we currently see running for the presidency. Also, this story has even been vetted by Politifact as TRUE:
“In July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared,” the story reads. “She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Romney took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – anyone.
“That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly. The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey, where they found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter’s life, saying, ‘It was the most amazing thing, and I’ll never forget this to the day I die.’”
I think this speaks far more about the character of the man running for the White House than does a 1965 prank.
Also, let’s not forget an even more recent story, told by CBS News, of Mitt Romney doing service work to help uproot a massive tree stump from a man’s front yard after wildfires had torched part of San Diego. Here’s the story:
This Mitt Romney is the man running for president, not the one that the Washington Post is trying to create.