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Dems Want Records on Possible GOP 2008 Contenders

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  1. Desertdog

    Desertdog Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Ridgecrest Ca
    Dems Want Records on Possible GOP 2008 Contenders

    BOSTON — The Democratic National Committee requested public records from state agencies on their dealings with Gov. Mitt Romney, who may run for president in 2008. His spokesman called it the work of a "dirty tricks attack squad."

    The DNC is seeking similar records on at least 10 other potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, spokesman Luis Miranda said.

    The letters dated Dec. 7 ask for "any and all records of communication" and are signed by Shauna Daly, who provided a post office box in Washington as her address.

    Miranda confirmed to The Boston Globe that Daly is employed by the Democrats as deputy research director. She had previously worked for the presidential campaign of John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina, and in other races.

    The party is asking for records as far back as 1947, the year Romney was born.

    Romney is "a Republican with well-known presidential ambitions, and these days, that's not that special," Miranda said. "This is just real standard operating procedure." Campaigns use research in hopes of finding controversial, embarrassing or previously undisclosed information about a politician's past.

    Daly's letters request that any fees be waived, but Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said fulfilling the requests wills cost tens of thousands of dollars.

    "Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for the Democratic National Committee to put its dirty tricks attack squad to work against Mitt Romney, so we'll bill them for it," Fehrnstrom said.

    Romney announced Dec. 14 that he would not seek a second term as governor, and although he has yet to say whether he will run for the GOP nomination, it is widely speculated that he will.

    Gubernatorial records became an issue in presidential politics in 2004. Democrat Howard Dean, who ran for president, came under criticism because he had some records in Vermont sealed when he left office as that state's governor in 2003. In November, the state Supreme Court ruled that Dean had acted legally.
  2. Bubbles

    Bubbles Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    Not to :barf: defend the DNC, but it's not unusual for state agencies to 1) receive FOIA requests, and 2) charge the requestors for the costs involved in fulfilling it.

    IMO this press release was put out only to increase Romney's name recognition, not because he's PO'ed.

    And in the long run it won't matter b/c Senator George Allen (R-VA) will be the nominee in 2008. :D
  3. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Carolina
    I'll show you mine if you show me yours...
    What's good for the goose is good for the gander...

  4. The_Antibubba

    The_Antibubba Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    Sac, The PRK
    Logically and politically, it makes sense. It's always easier to attack the opponent's shortcomings than to build up your candidate's virtues-or to devise a coherent platform.
  5. SomeKid

    SomeKid Member

    Aug 25, 2005
    As long as you actually mean Allen and not Warner.
  6. AZRickD

    AZRickD Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    It does speak to their M.O.

    They are not doing FOIA requests for "the public good." They are doing it to destroy potential political opposition. It is the legal version of 1,000 FBI files in Hillary Clinton's office.

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